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The Best Outside Summer Camps: Sanborn Western Camps, Colorado

Childhood is the perfect time to solidify your kids' love of the outdoors. These camps are here to help.

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.

What's nice about Sanborn is that they don't try to organize the whole day. Back in camp, kids can chose from more than 16 activities, including bouldering, anoeing, tubing, and a ropes course. Combine that with classic camp fare like archery, arts and crafts, ghost stories, and roasting marshmallows, and you have a recipe for a summer they won't forget.  Monthlong sessions for girls and boys 9 to 17, $4,500; two-week sessions for 7- to 10-year olds, $2,400. 

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