In addition to all the fun, exercise and togetherness an outdoor hike will bring, we think it would be awesome if each family or camper/s would choose a charity and commit a dollar for each mile hiked by each family member. These charities can support COVID efforts in your communities, support struggling schools in your region, or even support some of the partner organizations we typically work with during the summer.
In the summer, not all campers choose to hike all six miles and making a donation is NOT a requirement of the #HikeThePike experience. We just want to know, as we are hiking the trails of camp over the weekend, that we are sharing the outdoor experience with each of you–just like we would be if we were hiking/running/skipping/talking/laughing/catching a ride back in vans/waiting out a storm on the road to the Witcher Ranch on a Saturday afternoon around 2.
If you would like to make a “dollar-per-mile” donation to one of our partner organizations, please consider donating to:
- Colorado 14er’s Initiative (CFI) We are Adopt-A-Peak partners with CFI and our oldest campers typically provide over 500 hours of trail work to the central Collegiate mountains during their SOLE trips.
- Coalition for the Upper South Platte CUSP has supported all of the trailwork projects we have done on the Sanborn Western Camps property over the last few years with our JC’s, Outbackers and CORE trip participants.
- John Austin Cheley Foundation JACF provides full, multi-year camperships for campers who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend camp. Our partnership with JACF has increased both our ability to offer scholarships and created a richer, more diverse camp community.
Let us know how many miles you hiked, where you hiked, who you hiked with, and–if appropriate–the organization that motivated you to #HikeThePike this Memorial Day weekend!