The NEW Big Spring Health Center

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We’re happy to share the exciting news that we will be breaking ground this Fall for a brand-new Health Center at Big Spring and we plan to have it completed by next summer! It will be located in the flat area in front of the Big Spring Barn where the Real Estate Office is currently located. We do understand that some of you Big Spring boys may have an emotional attachment to the REO and mourn its demise. But, let’s get real! It is really a pretty crummy building and it has to go in the name of progress. We do promise to carefully sift the debris for 1948 coins or forbidden objects you may have hidden under the floorboards in 1962.

As many of you know, we built a new Health Center at High Trails in 2013, and there has been a bit of jealousy among Big Spring nurses ever since. Expectations and best practices surrounding health care at camp have changed a lot over the years and the Big Spring Health Center, like the HT Health Center, will be modern and up-to-date so our nurses will have the resources they need to provide outstanding medical care for our campers and staff.

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In addition to the Health Center, the new building will include (with separate entrances) multiple bathrooms which the boys can use when they are running to the store, heading out for a ride, or eating in the Lodge. It will also house an all-purpose program and meeting room. Designed by architect and alum, camp parent, and COEC Trustee Dan Miller, the new building will blend right in with the western rustic ambiance at Big Spring.

The Big Spring Health Center has been one of the projects promoted in our Sanborn Tomorrow Capital Campaign and it will be built with funds you generously donated to that campaign. We will update you on its progress throughout the winter and will hope that COVID-19 has receded enough by June, 2022, that we can again welcome parents, alums and friends into the camps so you can see it for yourselves!

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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.