Sanborn Western Camps

Rated “best outdoor camp in the country” by Outside Magazine You are part of something bigger!

Sanborn Western Camps is an outdoor adventure residential camp in Colorado. 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. We give kids the opportunity to grow as young men and women while climbing 14ers, riding horses and living together in the outdoors.

Sanborn Western Camps is located at elevation of 8600 ft in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, 35 miles west of Colorado Springs.

About Sanborn Western Camps

We hope the information below will inspire you to want be a part of our team?  The Space, People and Time of Sanborn are three key aspects of who we are and set the stage for life changing experiences. We hope you’ll check us out.

SPACE: We are located on 6,000 private acres 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. People with all sorts of backgrounds, interests, and skills come to Sanborn to learn new skills, develop their strengths and grow as individuals within a caring, challenging and supportive community.

TIME: We are 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.  Our 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.


Our Mission: To live together in the Outdoors, developing a Sense of Self, a Sense of Community, a Sense of the Earth and a Sense of Wonder, through Fun and Adventure.

It is something we live every day, and it makes this opportunity anything but a normal summer job.

The Employee Experience

As a summer camp staff member, you will have opportunities to teach, learn, experience the grandeur of Colorado, and develop your leadership and technical skills while influencing the lives of campers.  

First and foremost, our staff needs to have a strong desire to work with children. While the days are long and the work is hard, the rewards are indescribable, as you are an integral part of the campers' lives, helping them grow and develop as individuals within the camp community. Very few jobs provide so many opportunities for leadership, impact, and meaningful work as a summer at Sanborn.

Mountain summits, horse trips, Aspen groves, tents, and cabins...  These are just some of the places where camp happens.  Real opportunities for challenge, appropriate risk-taking and leadership make camp so much more than just "a place to go for the summer".  Hard and soft skills are practiced and developed while experiencing the beauty of the Colorado wilderness.

Being in the outdoors and making a real connection with nature is more important than ever.  Disconnecting from the ever-increasing rush of technological stimulation and electronic overload is vital. Camp provides this opportunity, and the campers (and staff!) benefit in so many ways. Watching the sun set behind the mountains, getting lost in the uncountable stars of the Milky Way Galaxy or being mesmerized by the grace and power of a soaring redtail hawks are just a few examples of how we connect with nature at camp.

Ideal Candidate

Someone who:

  • Truly enjoys working with children
  • Wants to make a difference in others' lives
  • Enjoys being a part of a community
  • Wants to strengthen their leadership skills
  • Enjoys the outdoors
  • Wants to learn while doing
  • Enjoys new experiences and challenges

Room and Board

At the boys camp, Big Spring, you will live in a wooden frame platform tent, yurt or cabin.  At the girls camp, High Trails, you will live in a cabin.  The staff to camper ratio in the living areas is no more than 1:5 and usually lower than 1:4. Every counselor will have at least one co-counselor in the living unit and most units will have an assistant counselor as well.

Food and every-other-day laundry are provided.  Our meals are nutritious, varied and tasty.  

Employee Perks

Why Work at Sanborn?
  1. To work with great kids
  2. To be a role model, mentor, teacher, friend
  3. To make a difference in the world
  4. To engage in a fantastic program of activities
  5. To be a part of a high quality organization
  6. To live and work in a spectacular location
  7. To lead and participate in amazing trips
  8. To develop technical, professional, and social skills to last a lifetime

The rewards and benefits of working at Sanborn are immeasurable: knowing you have contributed to a child’s life, building new friendships and having the opportunity to teach and learn in the beauty of the mountains are only a few. Sanborn Western Camps is recognized as one of the premiere summer camps in the country. The high quality of this experience for children and staff is evident in everything from excellent food to outstanding program and facilities.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Sanborn Western Camps is located in Florissant, Colorado, 35 miles west of Colorado Springs. Staff members are welcome to bring their own cars. The nearest bus station is in Colorado Springs; the nearest major airport is Colorado Springs (COS). We will pick up staff members at either location. Many staff want to fly into Denver International Airport (DEN).  If you chose to fly into Denver please contact camp for more details on how to arrive at Camp.

For Fun

  1. 14,000 Ft. Mountain Climbs
  2. Backpacking: 1-5 day trips
  3. Astronomy
  4. River tubing & rafting
  5. Canoeing
  6. Stand-up paddle boarding
  7. Desert Trips
  8. Mountain Biking
  9. Technical Rock Climbing
  10. Horseback Riding: 1-5 day trips
  11. Hiking
  12. Fishing
  13. Low-impact camping
  14. Swimming
  15. Sports
  16. Games
  17. Free Play
  18. Campfires
  19. Theater- plays, skits, events
  20. Archery
  21. High Ropes Course
  22. Pottery
  23. Photography
  24. Mountain Survival
  25. Riflery
  26. Challenge Course
  27. Arts and Crafts
  28. Rock Scrambling
  29. Fossil Digging

Our Jobs

Sanborn Western Camps is part of the Colorado Outdoor Education Center, a private non-profit organization.  While the bulk of the information on this page, is for our summer camp program, our High Trails Outdoor Education Center operates in the Spring and Fall with local schools. Following the Outdoor Education link below will provide more specific information about that program and how to apply for those positions. The jobs listed below the link are for our summer camp program. The buttons at the bottom of this page will take you to more detailed information about those positions as well as to our online application.

As you explore the opportunities with us, please do no hesitate to contact us with any questions you have.

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Arts and Crafts Coordinator

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ARTS & CRAFTS COORDINATOR

Open to men and women, 21 and older. Prior camp experience and/or arts education experience preferred. A highly qualified candidate will have: a background in art therapy, art education, makerspace concepts, and/or have a passion for artistic expression and creation; a high degree of self-motivation and have experience with and be comfortable teaching children ages 7-16 in the residential camp setting; managing and working with a specific group of staff members; modeling healthy choices and behaviors for all campers and staff; leading safe, fun and enriching trips and activities; mediating conflicts in the community and on trips; representing the goals and mission of the organization; acting with integrity and maintaining impeccable judgment; and assisting to create a respectful community.

Arts & Crafts Coordinator Specific Responsibilities:

  • Organizing the arts & crafts building; preparing for arts and crafts activities; creating new program ideas and trips.
  • Creating activities that result in tangible projects for campers.
  • Maintaining a clean & organized environment for arts & crafts projects and creating an inviting space for campers & staff.
  • Preparing the A&C area for any art-themed overnight (ordering extra supplies, assisting in organizing and packing supplies, etc.).
  • Training counselors before & assisting them during their A&C projects (ensure supplies are stocked, counselors are prepared, provide extra supervision if needed, etc.).
  • Making necessary shopping trips to purchase special A&C supplies (MUST HAVE A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD).
  • Leading and/or assisting on and off-camp trips, activities, programs and special events. Including specific art themed trips and the art-themed Saturday Special.
  • Encouraging creativity amongst staff & campers.
  • Being knowledgeable & skillful in a variety of A&C activities.
  • Providing cabin coverage for other counselors & staff as needed – occasionally requiring you to spend the night in a cabin.
  • Participating in evening activities; including organizing programs, and walking ridges, etc.
  • Being flexible in response to current & emergency situations & to shifts in responsibilities & assignments when camp is underway.

Benefits: Base salary of $2600.00, lodging, meals, laundry, Pro Deals, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children in the out-of-doors

Bonus: Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications earned OUTSIDE of previous Sanborn training environments. 

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Assistant Counselor

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ASSISTANT COUNSELOR

Open to men (current high school seniors or college freshmen) or women (current college freshmen) who have demonstrated work experience and a desire to work in a camp community. This position is residential and is all about working, teaching and living with children and creating a respectful community.

Assistant Counselor Specific Responsibilities:

  • Working within a team of unit counselors to provide leadership and care for campers.
  • Assisting trip leaders and senior staff members on off-camp trips, activities, programs and special events.
  • Assisting and/or leading on-camp trips, activities, programs and special events.
  • Being responsible for table supervision at meals.
  • Providing tent coverage for counselors as needed — requiring you to spend the night in another tent.
  • Being flexible in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities when camp is underway.
  • Preparing the kitchen/lodge for meals and cleaning up afterwards on a rotational basis.
  • Deep cleaning the lodge every Saturday morning.
  • Working with fellow Assistant Counselors in the dishroom and lodge during Friday night, Saturday and Sunday meals and assisting in program as assigned those same days (as determined by time off schedule).

Benefits: $2500.00, lodging, meals, laundry, Pro Deals, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children in the out-of-doors

Bonus: Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications earned OUTSIDE of previous Sanborn training environments. 

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Climbing Coordinator

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CLIMBING COORDINATOR

Rock climbing at Sanborn Western Camps is all about exploring beautiful granite outcroppings, challenge yourself physically and mentally, and supporting your fellow campers. We climb mostly at single-pitch top-rope crags located both on our property and in the nearby national forest. We also have a small bouldering gym located at Big Spring, and are developing outdoor bouldering sites around camp property. Throughout each camp session we offer multiple half-day, all-day, and overnight climbing trips, as well as a week-long climbing and leadership trip for 15 year old campers. Climbing and outdoor bouldering is open to campers aged 9-17.

General Responsibilities: Must be over 21; Prior experience with institutional top-rope anchor building with fixed, artificial (traditional), and natural protection; maintaining organized and inspected equipment; organizing trip logistics; creating physically and emotionally safe climbing environments, working with and managing counseling staff as they assist you in the climbing program; providing organized, punctual and intentional leadership, creativity, direction and supervision during activities, trips and around the camp; utilizing the Sanborn mission statement as a framework for your work as a Youth Development Professional; taking ownership for your personal attitude, behavior and knowledge building; working with other staff members to provide a quality experience for all members of the camp community; and adjusting one’s personal habits to the philosophy, policies and ideals of the camp including a comprehensive understanding of and respect for our time off/alcohol policies and procedures.

Climbing Coordinator Specific Responsibilities:

  • Setting up top rope sites outdoors on natural rock
  • Supervising outdoor bouldering sites and activities
  • Managing the indoor bouldering gym
  • Organizing climbing equipment for both camps
  • Documenting use of equipment
  • Training staff members on belay systems and site management
  • Teaching campers belay and climbing skills
  • Working with campers age 9-17
  • Communicating well with staff members
  • Using fixed, artificial (traditional), and natural protection for anchors

Benefits: Base salary starting at $2600.00, lodging, meals, laundry, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children and staff members in the out-of-doors

Bonus: Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications earned OUTSIDE of previous Sanborn training environments.

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Counselor

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COUNSELOR

Open to men and women 2 years out of high school — traditionally college sophomores and older. This position is residential and is all about working, teaching and living with children and creating a respectful community.

Counselor Specific Responsibilities:

  • Living, working with and having charge of a group of campers
  • Assisting and/or leading on or off-camp trips, activities, programs and special events.
  • Being responsible for table supervision at meals.
  • Providing tent or cabin coverage for other counselors and staff as needed — occasionally requiring you to spend the night in another tent.
  • Writing weekly letters to parents on campers’ wellbeing and maintaining up-to-date documentation on camper growth.
  • Being flexible, in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities when camp is underway.
  • Actively participating in Counselor-in-Dishroom (CID) assignments (preparing the kitchen/lodge for meals and cleaning up afterwards on a rotational basis).

Benefits: Base salary starting at $2500.00, Pro Deals, lodging, meals, laundry, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children and staff members in the out-of-doors

Bonus: Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications earned OUTSIDE of previous Sanborn training environments.

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Health Care Provider/Registered Nurse

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REGISTERED NURSE

Open to RNs and NPs. Our modern, well-equipped health care facilities include a treatment room, bathrooms, isolation room, wardrooms and the nurse’s private quarters.

We have good relations with doctors in Woodland Park and in Colorado Springs. This is an excellent opportunity to practice primary nursing in a camp community.

RN SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Be part of the Sanborn Medical Team
  • Provide first aid care and MESH support for campers and staff
  • Oversee the administration of medications to campers and staff
  • Coordinate visits to a physician or assessment by our PA when needed
  • Monitor health and cleanliness standards in the health center
  • Organize paper work and maintain online digital documentation and file organization
  • Communicate and work closely with the summer camp directors and various staff as part of the Sanborn Medical Team
  • Help provide adequate physical health conditions for all
  • Maintain clear, helpful and professional communications with parents and directors
  • Assist staff with activities, work projects and other tasks as necessary.

Benefits: $4800.00-$6000.00 (based on experience), lodging, meals, laundry, Pro Deals and the opportunity to influence the lives of children in the out-of-doors

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Junior Camp Counselor

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JUNIOR CAMP COUNSELOR

Open to men and women 2 years out of high school — traditionally college sophomores and older. This position is residential and is all about working, teaching and living with younger children.

Sanborn Junior Camp Counselor Specific Responsibilities:

  • Living and working with and having charge of a group of campers age 7-11
  • Assisting and/or leading Junior Camp trips, activities, programs and special events*
  • Being responsible for table supervision at meals
  • Being flexible, in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities when camp is underway.

Please note: The Junior Camp is a unique “camp within a camp” program consisting of four separate two week sessions. The Junior Camp program has a set of age specific activities and trips that are only for Junior campers. There are opportunities to work in the general camp program, but the majority of your responsibilities involve specific Junior Camp activities and programs on the property.

Benefits: Base salary starting at $2500.00, lodging, meals, laundry, Pro Deals, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children and staff members in the out-of-doors

Bonus: Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications earned OUTSIDE of previous Sanborn training environments.

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Kitchen Coordinator/Assistant Counselor Supervisor

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KITCHEN COORDINATOR:

Open to men or women 21 years and older with kitchen and/or facilities management experience and a clean driving record. Prior Sanborn Western Camps experience is preferred.

General Responsibilities: Being a responsible role model to the campers; working with other staff members to provide a quality experience for all members of the camp community; daily punctuality; vision and organizational ability; varied communication skills; respect for and understanding of health codes; sense of humor; ability to safely lift 50 lbs; impeccable driving record; conducting oneself responsibly when not specifically assigned; utilizing the mission statement as a framework for your work as a Youth Development Professional; taking ownership for your personal attitude, behavior and knowledge building; and adjusting one’s personal habits to the philosophy, policies and ideals of the camp including a comprehensive understanding of and respect for our time off/alcohol policies and procedures.

Kitchen Coordinator Specific Responsibilities:

  • Working under the guidance of the cooks and the camp director to maintain a clean and sanitary lodge
  • Supervising counselors and assistant counselors in the kitchen
  • Recognizing the ever-changing uses of the community facilities (lodge, performance center, science center, community building) and keeping them clean and ready for the next users
  • Being responsible for delegating cleaning tasks to others and/or personally accomplishing cleaning tasks in a prompt fashion
  • Coordinating camp Waste Removal efforts, including driving the trash truck and assisting other staff in collecting and removing trash to our central compactor
  • Working in conjunction with the Recycling Coordinator to manage and organize the recycling trailer
  • Taking pride in the overall appearance of the camp facilities, especially the dining area, kitchen, dishroom, bakery, trash and recycling areas, lodge bathrooms and office spaces
  • Ability to make Community Care Duty (kitchen duty) a fun, entertaining, rewarding and enjoyable experience through solid communication, hands-on participation, and the empowerment of all staff

Benefits: Base salary starting at $2600.00, lodging, meals, laundry, Pro Deals, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children and staff members in the out-of-doors

Bonus: Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications earned OUTSIDE of previous Sanborn training environments.

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Outcamp Coordinator (Food & Gear Logistics)

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OUTCAMP/TRIP LOGISTICS COORDINATOR:

Open to men and women 21 years and older –with a clear driving record to be able to drive camp vehicles. This position is residential and involves a majority of your time organizing and packing food for camp trips. The rest of your time is spent in the camp program working with children. Prior Sanborn Western Camps experience is preferred.

General Responsibilities: Ordering, organized, packing and managing the food for all camp trips; being a responsible, dedicated role model to the campers; working with and managing counseling staff as they assist you in the food packing process; providing organized, punctual and intentional leadership, creativity, direction and supervision during activities, trips and around the camp; utilizing the Sanborn mission statement as a framework for your work as a Youth Development Professional; taking ownership for your personal attitude, behavior and knowledge building; working with other staff members to provide a quality experience for all members of the camp community; and adjusting one’s personal habits to the philosophy, policies and ideals of the camp including a comprehensive understanding of and respect for our time off/alcohol policies and procedures.

Outcamp/Trip Logistics Coordinator Specific Responsibilities:

  • Helping order food needed for trips; organizing and packing food for all-day and overnight trips
  • Maintaining a clean, orderly and organized environment for food packing and trip preparation
  • Prepping the “Outcamp” area before and after trips (putting out necessary food stuffs, equipment, picking up trash and recycling, cleaning up after trips depart/return, managing cook-kit cleaning area, etc.)
  • Assisting counselors and trip leaders during their pre-trip departure times (distributing food, helping campers pack, etc.)
  • Making necessary shopping trips to purchase specialty or bulk foodstuffs (MUST HAVE A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD)
  • Assisting and/or leading on or off camp trips, activities, programs and special events
  • Being responsible for table supervision at meals
  • Providing tent or cabin coverage for other counselors and staff as needed–occasionally requiring you to spend the night in another cabin/tent
  • Participating in evening activities (walking ridges, organizing program…)
  • Being flexible in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities and assignments when camp is underway

Benefits: Base salary starting at $2600.00, lodging, meals, laundry, Pro Deals, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children and staff members in the out-of-doors

Bonus: Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications earned OUTSIDE of previous Sanborn training environments.

High Trails Outdoor Education Center

Outdoor Education Instructors

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The Outdoor Education Instructor position at High Trails is a demanding and rewarding seasonal work experience that revolves around responsibilities in three main areas: the Discovery Group, The Cabin, and Evening Programs.

Qualifications

-Enjoyment of the natural world and the outdoors.

-Ability to communicate with students, adults, and other Staff members.

-Flexibility and adaptability to a variety of schedules and tasks.

-Desire to learn and teach new things.

-Commitment to being a contributing member of the educational community.

-A degree from an accredited university.


Seasons

Fall Season: Late August to mid-November

Spring: Late March to mid-May  

Compensation

 We provide housing for instructors on our property with meals provided at our main lodge. Laundry service is also included, and instructors are eligible for outdoor gear pro-deals from a variety of companies. For any questions regarding our pay scale please feel free to contact us. 

Visit:

https://www.htoec.org/job

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Wrangler

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WRANGLER

Open to men and women 3 years out of high school — must be 21 years and older. This position is residential and encompasses a variety of roles: wrangler, counselor, peer supervisor, trip leader, and logistics coordinator. Wranglers are members of the Senior Leadership Team.

A HIGHLY QUALIFIED WRANGLER CANDIDATE WILL:

  • Have a high degree of self-motivation and have experience with and be comfortable leading western-style horseback rides to all ages (grade one through staff)
  • Pack pack-horses for trips of up to 5 days; teaching basic horsemanship skills on the ground and while mounted
  • Complete daily chores around the barn
  • Act as a Counselor to children ages 7-16 in the residential camp setting
  • Work with and manage riding counselors to create a safe and fun experience at the barn
  • Model healthy choices and behaviors for all campers and staff
  • Lead safe, fun and enriching trips and activities
  • Mediate conflicts in the living units and on trips
  • Represent the goals and mission of the organization
  • Act with integrity and maintain impeccable judgment
  • Assist in creating a respectful community

Specific Wrangler Responsibilities Include:

  • Assisting the Riding Program Directors with preparing the horses for camp.
  • Planning, executing and leading on or off camp trips, activities, evening and weekend programs and special events.
  • Maintaining a gentle, professional and educational tone at all times when working with both animals and people.
  • Being responsible for management of all campers and staff while they are at the stables.
  • Keeping all equipment, the stables, arena, horse pens, and all out buildings clean, organized and in good repair.
  • Cultivating clear communication between riding program and other areas of the camp program.
  • Early morning horse round-up on a rotational schedule with staff and other wrangler assistance.
  • Assisting the Ranch Manager with movement of livestock, fence repair, and other projects as they arise.
  • Taking care of basic veterinary needs of horses.
  • Being responsible for table supervision at meals.
  • Taking over duties for Ridge Leaders when they are on time-off or on trips (including evening Ridge walks).
  • Being flexible in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities and assignments when camp is underway.

Benefits: Base salary starting at $2600.00, lodging, meals, laundry, Pro Deals, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children and staff members in the out-of-doors

Bonus: Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications earned OUTSIDE of previous Sanborn training environments.

How to Apply

Please complete our application process via the links below. We look forward to hearing from you!