The term “Brotherhood of Outdoorsmen” was coined by the men of the 10th Mountain Division in the 1940’s and certainly applies to many different individuals and groups throughout history. When Sandy Sanborn, an original member of the 10th Mountain Division, and his wife Laura founded this camp, they did so with a passion to make the world a better place. They worked tirelessly to support connections between individuals and with the natural world to foster peace, understanding, and personal growth. Through the BOOM program Big Spring Ranch continues to uphold this vision.
Every Summer here at Big Spring, each member of the Brotherhood of Outdoorsmen chooses for themselves a guiding principle to focus on. Each member will receive a colored bead that corresponds to a guiding principle and will wear this bead as a reminder to embrace growth in this area throughout the summer. Our guiding principles are Courage, Independence, Humility, Cooperation, Adaptability, Respect, Resiliency, Responsibility, Service, Commitment. We use these principles as pillars to help us better understand how to grow from the challenges we each face, and to support each other through that growth.
In addition to selecting one of these principles, each member will receive a red bead symbolizing the Community of the Brotherhood of Outdoorsmen. This bead serves to remind us that we are a part of BOOM by simply being a part of the Big Spring community and that we have an entire community to support us.