Opening Day Overview & Reminders

Opening Day Information We are very excited to share that all of our seasonal counseling staff who live and work directly with the campers are currently fully vaccinated. This, in concert with their agreement to wear masks in public spaces and engage in low to no risk activities throughout the summer, will provide them with additional opportunities to enjoy Colorado while remaining as safe and healthy as possible–which will keep our campers as safe and healthy as possible, too.

Since Opening Day will be different this year, [we have made a video to show what it will be like for both campers and parents]


Camper drop off will occur at The Nature Place, located on the Sanborn Western Camps/Colorado Outdoor Education Center campus.

A few key reminders for campers arriving by car to camp:

  • You have a scheduled arrival time based on your listed preferences and our time slot availability. Campers will be arriving throughout the day (from 7am-5pm). If you need to change this time, or still need a time assigned to you, please email
  • Parents and camper visitors will not be able to come into the main camp area on Opening Day or at any time during the session. Parents WILL be able to pick up campers from their living units on Closing Day.
  • On Opening Day, regardless of your vaccination status, we ask that you and your camper/s wear a mask when communicating and interacting with Sanborn staff members and nurses.
  • Camper medications should be kept separate from camper luggage and handed directly to the nurse upon check-in to expedite the process.
  • ALL camper luggage must be labeled with camper first and last name and living unit and the contents must be fully contained.
  • If your camper is not fully vaccinated against COVID and/or the second vaccine dose will occur after July 2nd, you must arrive with the printed negative results of a PCR COVID-19 test administered between 7/13/21 and 7/16/21. Your camper will not be admitted into camp without this essential screening test.
  • Pre-camp PCR test results should be printed and given to the nurse upon check-in. We cannot admit your child into camp without this important test. This is not required for fully vaccinated campers (>14 days beyond their final COVID vaccination) or those who have had COVID (verified with a positive test result) within 90 days prior to Opening Day.
  • If applicable, please upload your camper’s completed COVID-19 vaccine card into your camper’s Camp InTouch account prior to arrival.
  • In lieu of an Opening Day face-to-face conversation with our nursing staff, our nurses have been reaching out to discuss medications, medical needs and just to touch base with all camper parents via phone prior to camp.

Opening Day Rapid Antigen Testing Information Before your camper’s arrival, we need everyone to register for our rapid antigen testing platform–even if your camper is fully vaccinated. This way, we can administer the quick-result COVID test to our non-vaccinated, under vaccinated or symptomatic campers. This is the test we will administer if your child is symptomatic so everyone (even vaccinated campers) MUST register ASAP.

You will need to complete an online consent form and demographic information for yourself and your child/ren ahead of their testing at camp. Only one parent or guardian will need to sign up, but a form must be completed by one adult and for each child. You will first need to create an account for yourself and then click “Add a Household member” to register each camper. This will ensure that you are notified when tests results are entered into the Track system.

To complete this registration form, go to and click “sign-up” and use the organizational code: 2000. It can be completed at any time between now and the start of your camp session. When registering your account, select “Parent/Guardian” from the Affiliation drop list; when registering your camper, please choose the affiliation that is most appropriate for your camper.

It can be completed at any time between now and the start of your camp session. If you have any technical issues, please email Thank you for doing this today if you have not done so already.

For Campers Who Are Flying: Unaccompanied Minor Information For those campers flying to camp as Unaccompanied Minors, the airlines will often ask for the name, address and contact phone number of the individual picking your child up at the airport. If your child is flying, please make note of the following names and numbers of our Sanborn airport representatives so you can complete the required Unaccompanied Minor forms:

If your child is flying into the Denver International Airport (DIA), the main Sanborn representative is:

Jessica Spehar 2000 Old Stage Road Florissant, CO 80816 Cell: 307-321-0952

If your child is flying into the Colorado Springs (COS), the main Sanborn representative is:

Sarah Krumholz 2000 Old Stage Road Florissant, CO 80816 cell: 781-301-1904

Policies Review You received an email with an attachment with our 2021 Policies Review with information about the Covid Commitment, technology at camp, care packages (no food, please), appropriate footwear, and more. Please refer to this attachment and to our website if you have questions regarding our camp policies.

We recognize that many states are rapidly lifting mask mandates and other COVID requirements. As a childcare licensed facility in the state of Colorado, we are guided by state regulations. Due to those regulations and regardless of vaccination status, all campers and staff will need to wear masks in certain situations.

Leading up to Opening Day, we truly appreciate the additional care and caution you are taking to avoid high risk situations and to help keep your camper, and your family, as healthy as possible.

Sincerely, Mark Rutberg & Ariella Rogge

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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.