One of the great advantages of camp is the opportunity to take a break from the pace and connectivity of one’s day-to-day life. In today’s world, technology is a powerful tool and pretty amazing. However, bringing personal technology to camp distracts campers from many of the foundational aspects of camp (relationship building, appreciation for nature’s beauty, increased independence and much more). This is why the only electronic devices campers bring to camp are allowed to bring to camp are cameras, music players and electronic readers without cellular or wi-fi capability. These devices may only be used at specific,appropriate times.
We realize that one’s music player or electronic reader may also be a phone, camera and a gaming device. If the electronic device has cellular or wi-fi capability, we will collect it at the beginning of the session and hand it back at the close — as we do with all phones and gaming devices that are brought to camp by campers traveling by plane. If your child’s phone is his/her primary camera, we ask that you send your child with a different camera for use during camp. Kindle Paperwhites, basic Nooks or other “book-only” e-readers are fine for reading in the cabin or tent at bedtime.
As always, leaving all electronic devices at home is a great choice. Music players will be available in each living unit and the risk of loss or damage to personal electronic devices then drops to zero.
We ask for your support and cooperation in order to maximize the camp experience for your camper and the entire camp community.
Phone service at camp is limited to one business/emergency line at each camp. 719-748-3341 at Big Spring Ranch and 719-748-3451 at High Trails Ranch. Directors welcome calls but may not be available immediately. They will return calls promptly. We regret that we cannot call campers or staff to the phone. Any necessary phone calls with campers will need to be prearranged with directors. In the case of an emergency, please contact a director who will work with you to determine the next steps.
Each child must be able to live successfully in a physically active, engaged social community that includes constant interaction with other children. Campers should be able to follow directions from staff, be independent in their personal care (hair washing, teeth/hair brushing, etc.), be willing to eat new and/or differently prepared food, be able to hike on uneven and varied terrain, and be able to sleep without significant external sleep aids (lights, sound machine, music, direct human contact, etc.). Sanborn Western Camps reserves the right to refuse admission or to send home without refund any camper who presents a safety concern, medical risk or whose behavior is deemed disruptive or harmful to the best interests of other campers or to the camp community. Both the parent(s) and their participating children understand they must follow all camp rules. Alcoholic beverages, tobacco, narcotics, recreational drugs and firearms/weapons are not permitted.
Because so many of our campers come from long distances, visiting days are not major events at Big Spring and High Trails. Visiting day will be the Saturday closest to the middle of the term: Saturday, June 23, 2018 for 1st term and Saturday, July 28, 2018 for 2nd term. Visiting time is from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. A buffet lunch will be served at each camp at 1:00 pm. This will allow you to have lunch with your camper, visit his/her living unit, meet friends, and join us for our afternoon All-Camp Carnival.
For High Trails please e-mail to let us know how many people to expect for lunch. For Big Spring please e-mail .
Realize that when you visit, it affects not only your child, but their cabin/tent mates as well and can be disruptive for many children. This is one reason we have focused on one visiting day per session, and since visiting day provides a chance to see camp in action, please plan to stay at camp during your visit. We do not permit visits at any time by non-family members unless prior arrangements have been made.
All camp fees (including estimated equipment and spending charges) are to be paid in advance unless otherwise arranged. A statement of fees is mailed at least 45 days in advance and payment is due two weeks prior to the opening date of camp unless other arrangements have been made.
When we receive your application and advance payment of $800 (BS/HT) or $400 (SJ), we will confirm your child’s camp enrollment. Applications for Admission are accepted in the order in which they are received. Spaces are limited and based on term and grade group.
For each younger child from the same family enrolled for the summer of 2018, there is a discount of $100.
Tuition includes: Board and lodging, laundry, instruction, guidance, training, and complete camp program. The tuition fee includes all expenses except personal expenses, spending allowance and transportation from the camper’s home to Florissant, Colorado. Tuition includes your $800 (HT/BS) or $400 (SJ) reservation deposit per child, with the balance due two weeks prior to Opening Day of the child’s enrolled session.
We accept checks, most major credit cards, electronic checks, money orders and bank transfers as payment methods.
You may pay your tuition deposit, balance, and “Additional Options Form” expenses online under the “Financial Management” tab within Camp InTouch.
All payments must be received two weeks prior to Opening Day of the child’s enrolled session. Failure to do so may result in the child’s withdrawal from camp.
For cancellations received by March 1, 2018: All payments received to date will be fully refunded.
For cancellations received between March 1, 2018 and April 1, 2018: All payments received to date, less half of the deposit amount ($400 for HT/BS and $200 for SJ), will be refunded.
For cancellations received after April 1, 2018: No portion of the deposit ($800 HT/BS and $400 SJ) will be refunded. Additional tuition payments made will be refunded.
Half of the camp tuition will be refunded for cancellations received after May 15 and prior to Opening Day for the First Term or June 15 and prior to Opening Day for the Second Term. Parents are responsible for all costs of early departure for any reason.
In the event of absence from or closure of the camps due to natural disaster, act of war or terrorism, or for any other reason, financial loss will be shared equally between the camps and the parents.
Cash is not needed or used at camp. We operate a “camp bank” system and keep a record of each camper’s expenditures. A statement will be sent home after camp with a refund or a bill. We encourage careful spending and make every effort to keep the personal spending of campers to a minimum, but please discuss your expectations in this regard with your child.
Disposable cameras, camp clothing, batteries, water bottles, other camping equipment and stamps are the most costly items available in the store.
Sleeping bags, backpacks, riding boots, bed linens and blankets may be rented from camp Please be aware that Sanborn provides Junior campers with full size backpacks when needed; Junior campers do not need to rent or bring full size backpacks.
Other great places to look for gear and equipment for camp include REI, Sierra Trading Post, and Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS), as well as local gear shops.
Campers are not allowed to bring weapons, animals or pets of any kind (including personal horses), vehicles including bicycles, alcohol, and illegal drugs to camp. Campers may bring tennis racquets or fishing gear, but should not bring personal climbing gear, archery equipment, baseball bats, lacrosse or hockey sticks. The camp is well-supplied with this equipment.