Financial Policy Update

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We have always worked closely with families to find the best solution for any given situation, and this summer is no different. We have redesigned our financial policies this year to meet the unique situation we are facing with the Covid-19 outbreak. Historically, for a cancellation by May 15th, the deposit is forfeited. We realize that everyone’s plans and financial situations are upset by the COVID-19 related disruptions to the economy, and, as always, we want to be sensitive and responsive to the best interests of our camp families.

However, we are also a small business and, like so many others, will struggle to survive these uncertain times. As you may know, many of the expenses of camp occur throughout the year, long before campers arrive. Salaries for year-round staff, facility maintenance, insurance, hay and vet care for horses, property tax, phone and internet, utilities and many more expenses occur from September to May each year.

It is our intention to refund anything each family has paid above the deposit of $1000 for Big Spring and High Trails and $500 for Sanborn Junior, unless you let us know that you would like to make a tax-deductible gift of that amount or carry it forward for a future year at camp.

The following options are available for your deposit, and we will process your requests as rapidly as we can although it may take a few weeks to ensure accuracy for everyone.

Make a donation
Sanborn Western Camps/Colorado Outdoor Education Center is a 501c3 not for profit organization. All donations are tax deductible, and we will send you a donation letter for your 2020 income taxes.

Apply the deposit toward a future summer
We will keep your deposit and apply it as a credit toward camp for your child or a sibling in a future summer.

Refund part or all of the deposit
If donating the deposit or crediting it toward a future summer is a financial hardship at this time, we will refund part or all of the deposit.

Through the CampInTouch portal of our website, we have a form in our “Forms and Documents” tab on the dashboard for you to complete and submit that will let us know your preference for the deposit. You will be able to choose to Donate, Credit or Refund all or part of it. The form will also allow us to properly track and account for everything (only one form is needed per family). The CampInTouch screenshots below identify where to find 1) the amount of money you have paid for 2020 and 2) where to find the “Donate. Credit. Refund” form. Click here to go to the CampInTouch login page.

Please call 719-748-3341 or email with any questions you have.

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Screen Shot of "Financial Management" environment in CampInTouch (where you go to find out how much you have already paid)
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Ariella Rogge
About Ariella Rogge

Ariella started her career at Sanborn when she was twelve. After five years of camper and five years of Sanborn staff experience, she continued her work with kids in the high school classroom. Ariella and her family returned to Sanborn in 2001 to take on the Program Director role which she held til 2012. She and Elizabeth Marable became co-directors of High Trails in 2013. She lists mountain golf, Gymkhana, climbing mountains and making Pad Thai in the backcountry as some of her favorite activities at camp. Ariella received a B.A. in English from Colorado College and is a certified secondary English educator,an ACCT Level 2 Ropes Course Technician, an ARC lifeguard, an AHA CPR trainer and WEMT. She lives at camp with her husband, two sons, 8 chickens, 2 salamanders, 2 hermit crabs and 1 cat.