We are a residential camp located in the center of Colorado offering campers an unforgettable experience full of fun, adventure and community in the Rockies.

“Set on 6,000 acres of meadows and ponderosa forests, Sanborn combines traditional sleep-away camp with extended backcountry expeditions. The largest private camp in the country, it has access to more 14,000-foot peaks than any other program in Colorado, and kids can head out on two- to five-day backpacking and horsepacking trips to bag summits, cast for trout, climb granite crags, and explore the high country.”


The associate camp director at Big Spring Ranch for Boys, which along with High Trails Ranch for Girls make up Sanborn Western Camps, is second-in-command at Big Spring. The associate director will assist the camp director in the summer with all operational and leadership duties, and and will assume leadership of specific year-round duties depending on interests, experience and organizational needs. This is a year-round, professional position. The associate camp director should be a creative self-starter who brings energy, confidence and excellent problem solving skills to the position. We are looking for a proven leader who is excited about youth development and outdoor adventure and is capable of building a strong sense of rapport with people of all ages and backgrounds.

The associate camp director is responsible for assisting the camp director in operating a safe, healthy residential community which provides an experience for campers and staff in accordance with the missions of the Colorado Outdoor Education Center and Sanborn Western Camps. In the summer the associate camp director assists in all aspects of the community as needed, from daily programming, meal and health care oversight, to transportation, facility needs, staff supervision, training, and communication with parents. During the rest of the year, the associate camp director works alongside the camp director and a smaller team of professionals including program directors, support staff and other COEC directors, to thoughtfully develop and manage programming, human resources, financials, marketing, strategic operations and professional development. As a key member of the leadership staff, the associate camp director should expect to be involved in community-wide emergencies, events, initiatives or work projects as they arise. The associate camp director reports to the camp director.

To apply please send your Resume and Cover Letter to [email protected]

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Climbing Skills, Conservation, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Medical, Mountaineering Skills, Teaching/Education


Minimum two years seasonal administrative experience in residential camping; at least one year with year-round experience preferred.
Bachelor’s Degree required.
Certifications in areas of emergency medicine, ropes course facilitator, rock climbing, lifeguarding, or horsemanship

Required Skills:

Previous professional experience in summer camp direction.
Experience in risk prevention and management.
Experience in residential care of children and adolescents.
Experience in creating camp programming.
Extensive experience in leadership, training, development, hiring, supervision of staff.

About Sanborn Western Camps

Sanborn Western Camps is a 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.

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

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 and watch our intro to trips video clip: https://youtu.be/l5HFKz-Krdk

Application Instructions

To apply please send your Resume and Cover Letter to [email protected]