Letter from the Executive Directors

Our leadership team has more than 150 years of collective experience at Sanborn Camps and we are committed to providing the program, the facilities, and the leadership which will make a term at Big Spring, High Trails, or Sanborn Junior a highlight in the life of each child who joins us. Ream more about just how important we think camp is.

Getting Ready for Camp

We believe that managed risk, whether that be leaving home for a two week period, rock climbing for the first time, or living and working with a diverse group of individuals in a backcountry environment, is essential for a child’s personal growth. These page will help you prepare you and your child for camp: Online Forms, Policies, Medical & Dietary, Travel & Packing, Stay Connected, and how to deal with Homesickness.

Visiting Days at Camp

Learn when you can come visit your camper and how you can RSVP for our All Camp Carnival.


Learn how drive to Sanborn Western Camps. Online/phone maps and GPS units are not reliable for getting to camp.

Health & Safety

Camper physical and mental health is important for a successful camp experience and Safety of our campers is the number one priority of every member of the Sanborn Western Camps staff.

Parent FAQs

Have questions? We have the answers. Read through a list of commonly asked questions.


The Sandy and Laura Sanborn Scholarship fund provides tuition assistance to deserving young people who could not otherwise attend Big Spring or High Trails. Awards are also made to schools which attend High Trails Outdoor Education Center to enable low-income students to participate in the residential program with their classes.