Welcome to Sanborn Western Camps. Creating outdoor experiences of exceptional quality and depth since 1948.

Come live together in the outdoors this summer with campers, building a sense of self, community, earth, and wonder through fun and adventure!

Sanborn Western Camps is a outdoor adventure residential camp in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado run under the nonprofit umbrella organization Colorado Outdoor Education Center. Sanborn provides a unique opportunity to benefit from quality time spent in the natural world as a teacher, mentor and friend to kids from all over the world. The camp offers kids the opportunity to grow as young men and women while climbing 14ers (mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet!), riding horses and living together in the outdoors. Big Spring Ranch, High Trails Ranch anda Sanborn Juinor Camp offers programming for boys and girls age 7 to 17.

Life Changing Experiences

Sanborn Western Camps is a fun, exciting Colorado summer camp experience. Friendship, adventure, personal growth, and amazing trips and activities make each day as unique as each of the campers, staff and alums who call Sanborn home.

The Space, People and Time of Sanborn are three key aspects of the Sanborn Western Camps experience and set the stage for life changing experiences.

The camps own more than 6000 acres of open pine forest, wildflower meadows and rocky bluffs, an unparalleled setting for outdoor adventures.Space
The camp is located on 6,000 private acres (the largest camp land-wise in the country!) surrounded by 35,000 acres of National Forest and the 6,000-acre Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. The wildflower-filled mountain meadows, open pine forests, expansive aspen groves and rocky bluffs are ideal settings for horseback riding, camping out, backpacking and other camp activities.

People
Campers and staff come from all over the country and 6-10 foreign countries with all sorts of backgrounds, interests, and skills to learn new skills, develop their strengths and grow as individuals within a caring, challenging and supportive community.

Time
Sanborn is committed to a longer session. Most campers come for a month, and many younger campers come for 15 days. This time at camp allows for great adventures but also the opportunity to build a strong community and to develop meaningful relationships. Staff members are powerful mentors, leaders, and friends who can truly impact the lives of the campers while building peer relationships that last a lifetime.

More exploration at Sanborn Western Camps!Working at Sanborn offers an invaluable experience to set off or continue a career in outdoor education/leadership/recreation/guiding or to simply build life skills applicable to any profession.

The Work

Sanborn’s fun, relaxed atmosphere and caring staff provide a supportive environment for individual growth in self-confidence, independence, and awareness of others.

Working at Sanborn is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. Influencing the lives of youth, building relationships, exploring the Colorado backcountry, experiencing countless adventures, working with other staff from all around the country, and developing your leadership and technical skills are just a few of the many benefits that come from working in the program. The days are full, the energy is high, and the fun is contagious.

Camp is a community that stands for a lot of freedom in a wholesome, outdoor environment. Campers will depend on you to show the responsible way children and young adults live and think. Your actions will help set standards for their lives — for what kind of individuals they will be. It is no small responsibility.

More exploration at Sanborn Western Camps!All staff must make a commitment from May 30th through August 13th, 2018. Some staff may be asked to arrive earlier for specific trainings if available.

Counselors & Assistant Counselors
Counselors live in tents, yurts or cabins with campers, provide amazing experiences for campers, Assist and/or lead trips off the Ranch, activities, special events and in-camp programs that may include backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, natural sciences, water activities, arts & crafts, drama, film, sports and much more. Counselors will also participate in Community Care Duty on a rotational basis, which involves setting up for meals, doing dishes, and cleaning the lodge for a day. There is much responsibility placed on Sanborn Counselors — a huge opportunity to gain an endless amount of experience while being part of a fun, caring and adventurous community.

The Wrangler Team!

Wranglers
Working specifically in the horseback riding program, Wranglers lead western-style trail rides, overnights, and pack trips up to 5 days for all ages. Responsibilities also include teaching basic horsemanship skills to campers and staff, working with and managing Riding Counselors to create a safe and fun experience, and completing daily chores such as feeding, round up, and mucking around the barn. Wranglers do not live in a tent/cabin with campers; however, you might see them walking your ridge, checking in, and hanging out with campers. All Wranglers have lots of experience working with horses and teaching kids how to ride.

Each year the camp community consists of campers and staff members from over 40 states and 10 countries, providing opportunities to make new friends from many places.

Program Coordinators
Program Coordinators specialize in certain areas of camp and include an Outcamp Coordinator (orders, packs and organizes food for all day, overnight, and extended trips), Kitchen Coordinator (manages a staff of 10-12 individuals as well as a rotates a crew of Counselors who assist in maintaining a welcoming lodge and clean kitchen), Arts & Crafts Coordinator (orders supplies, designs program, and maintains cleanliness/organization of the art barn), and Climbing Anchor (manages and organizes climbing equipment as well as trains staff and leads climbing trips on and off property).

During training, staff will increase their knowledge & experience in program areas of interest, learn the necessary backcountry skills to lead a trip on the property, and orient themselves to the 6,000 acres they will call home for the summer.

Applicants must have experience with working in the outdoors and with kids. Experience in program areas and additional certifications (Lifeguard, CPR, WFA, IMBA, teaching…) are a big plus! Assistant Counselors are typically 18-19 years of age, Counselors are traditionally college sophomores or older, and Senior Staff must be at least 21 with previous camp experience.

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Perks & Rewards

Summer fun!

The base salary starts at $2,500 plus lodging, meals, laundry and pro deals. Additional certifications and experience can impact your salary.

Two weeks of paid staff training focus on cutting edge youth development strategies, team building scenarios, facilitation skills and leadership techniques. Staff will also increase their knowledge and experience in program areas of interest, learn the necessary backcountry skills to lead a trip on the property, and orient themselves to the 6,000 acres they will call home for the summer. The vast majority of training is experiential—you will be learning skills, playing games, and practicing facilitation techniques that you will immediately begin using when campers arrive. Staff training continues throughout the summer as well. Each camp has a weekly staff meeting to discuss program areas, camper growth and to learn more strategies to help kids have the most enriching, intentional experience at camp as possible.

More exploration at Sanborn Western Camps!Sanborn staff and campers climb the highest peaks in Colorado, horse pack for miles, canoe for days, mountain bike incredible terrain, and enjoy endless memories with amazing people.

The Essentials

All staff members are passionate about wanting to make a positive, intentional difference in the life of a child and are committed to the challenge of creating a respectful camp community where individuals are celebrated and accomplishments are shared.

On top of a passion for working with and influencing today’s youth, there are many skills that will help an individual be successful at camp. To work with youth, you must be a positive role model, resilient, empathetic, hardworking, creative, selfless, and so much more. In addition to these skills, there are some essential traits that will help you be successful at Sanborn in particular:

Flexibility/Adaptability
On top of a passion for working with and influencing today’s youth, there are many skills that will help an individual be successful at camp.Being able to respond to current and emerging situations is crucial for success as a camp counselor. Often, they ask staff to be flexible and adaptable when being assigned to program. This might mean that you were assigned to and had planned for a rock scrambling activity, but if no campers sign up for that activity, you will be reassigned to a different program. This program could be something that you don’t know much about and hadn’t planned for, but you will work with the originally assigned counselor to support their plan and deliver a successful program. As trips go out off property there may be times you need to cover for another counselor who is out on a trip and sleep in his unit in order to supervise his campers.

Initiative
At Sanborn they have a saying: See Do, Saw Did. The Leadership Team asks that staff see what needs to be done and do it themselves rather than waiting for someone else to. They encourage staff to take initiative in every aspect of camp; whether it means creating and implementing a new and exciting program or replacing the empty toilet paper roll, no task is too big or too small for any staff member. You will often see Directors plunging toilets, cleaning wash houses, sweeping, and taking out the trash as “see do, saw did” permeates every level of the organization.

More exploration at Sanborn Western Camps!All staff members are passionate about wanting to make a positive, intentional difference in the life of a child and are committed to the challenge of creating a respectful camp community where individuals are celebrated and accomplishments are shared.

Connections & Application

Join the Sanborn Team Today!

If you are interested in joining the Sanborn team, please submit your application online to be considered for 2018 summer employment. During the application process you will be required to furnish the emails of four non-family references who can speak to your strengths as an employee, student, volunteer, team member, and/or childcare provider.

More exploration at Sanborn Western Camps!Learn more about working at Sanborn or read through the staff FAQs.

Mark Rutberg
Director
Sanborn Western Camps
2000 Old Stage Rd.
Florissant, CO 80816
(719) 748-3341
staff@sanbornwesterncamps.com
SanbornWesternCamps.com

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