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Electronic Devices

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.

Telephone Use

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.

The Camp Community

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.

Visiting Campers at Camp

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.

Financial Information

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.