2020 Alum Work Day

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Originally scheduled for early May, 2020 the mid-summer Alum Work Day on July 25th was a resounding success!

Project accomplishments included finishing up the ENORMOUS job of painting the Sportsplex Gym Building (only the single largest structure on the property); thinning Ponderosa pines in the main Big Spring camp area; and pulling out trailer after trailer load of dead and downed Aspen trees behind the south ridge at High Trails.

We are so appreciative of our amazing team of hard working alums: The Miller and Hossfeld Families and their “Friends with Power Sprayers” team at the Sportsplex; Chris Skan, Carolyn Beiser, Cary Paul, Ben Northcutt and Anna Gordon of “The Magical, Log-Creating High Trails Aspen Grove;” Kelly and Bea Muededonck, Lisa & Daniel Morton and Martie Remsen…aka: “The Long, Lost Log-Launchers”; Matthew and Scarlett Huffman, Tom Blickensderfer, and Susan and Robyn Rissman, originally known as “Chuck and the Ladies” who then evolved into “The Big Spring Scary Standard Brush Truckers.”

We packed our lunches early, worked hard until lunch, reconvened and regaled each other with stories of outdoor adventures at camp and beyond, then worked all afternoon until a late evening rainstorm had us scrambling for cover at The Nature Place–where we toasted our efforts with some adult “bug-juice” and a well-deserved barbeque.

Thank you again to our outstanding team! Keep an eye on your social media feeds and the blog for other Alum Work Day opportunities this fall.

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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 and then Ariella became the High Trails Director in 2020. In the fall of 2022 she became the Director of Sanborn Western Camps, overseeing the director teams of both Big Spring and High Trails. 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 and NREMT and WEMT. She lives in Florissant in the summer and in Green Mountain Falls during the school year so she can stay involved with the busy lives of her husband, Matt, and two teenage sons, Lairden and Karsten.