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 Coordinator would lead these trips and in addition also lead 3-5 day backpacking trips. Climbing and outdoor bouldering is open to campers aged 9-17.

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.

Summer Benefits: Starting Salary of $3500 plus lodging, meals, laundry, Pro Deals

Bonus: Stipends offered for current, nationally-recognized related certifications

Operating dates of May 20th through August 14th, $150 stipend for leadership training

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Climbing Skills, Teaching/Education


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

About Sanborn Western Camps

Rated “best outdoor camp in the country” By Outside Magazine

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

Please apply here: https://www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/employment/apply-now