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.

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About Sanborn Western Camps

We hope the information below will inspire you to want be a part of our team?  The Space, Time and People 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.

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.

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.

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

How to Apply

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

Contact Sanborn Western Camps