There are plenty of ways to stay cool and wet at Coppercreek.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding: One of our newest water activities at camp! We take the campers out on the stand up paddle boards on Lake Almanor for an afternoon or splashing, swimming, and even some paddling races. It is a perfect way to enjoy the views of Mount Lassen and possibly even see the bald eagles flying around the lake.
Kayaking: Campers begin by learning all of the basic kayaking skills in our camp swimming pool. They learn not only the skills necessary to control and maneuver their kayak, but also paddling, bracing, turning, and even rolling.
Waterskiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding: Every afternoon camps have the opportunity to go out on Lake Almanor in our ski boat for a spin on the wakeboard, kneeboard, waterskis, or just to swim. We have a boom for campers learning to stand up on the wakeboard or skis and we have a wake-jumping challenge for the more advanced lake adventurers.
Swimming pool: The swimming pool at camp is always popular in afternoons. Campers have free swim time, a chance to take swimming lessons, shoot down the water slide, compete in a water polo game, relax in the sun on the pool deck, or participate in our dorky giving contests.
Canoeing: On activity nights, campers have the chance to go to Round Valley Lake for an evening of canoeing and lily pad shenanigans. It is always one of our favorite things at camp to paddle around with the campers as the sun goes down, sing campfire songs, listen to the frogs, and tell jokes till our tummies hurt from laughter.
Fishing: From our ponds to the lakes, there are always fish to catch. We challenge you to see if you can find Elvis!
And sometimes we even make a slip n’ slide!
Spots are filling up quickly as camp nears and we cannot wait to start the summer!
Interested campers can take a one hour lesson each day with other campers of the same ability. Campers are matched with an appropriate horse and ride 6 days a week. The levels of lessons range from kids who have never touched a horse to kids that are experienced competitors.
As Barn Rats, campers help out all morning at the barn. Their duties may include getting horses out and tacked up, assisting instructors in their lessons, grooming, vetting, lunging horses, or even helping beginner riders.
Miniature Horse Fun:
Campers can learn how to drive our miniature horses and take hour long rides around the beautiful camp property. We also just have afternoons of miniature horse fun where campers can take the miniature horses through obstacle courses and over jumps and dazzle them up with braids and bows.
We like to describe vaulting as “gymnastics on horseback.” The campers learn the basic vaulting moves and then get to let our their creativity to create their own moves. During the talent show at the end of the session, the vaulters always give us a fabulous performance to their favorite music on Hatch, our seasoned vaulting horse.
CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association):
Our campers follow the same CHA certification as our staff to earn their “levels.” Campers work on their levels during their riding lessons and during the afternoons with our riding instructors. There are four levels with many steps in each level. Campers who participate in CHA take home ribbons to represent the levels they accomplished while at Coppercreek.
In the afternoons, our riding instructors will put on short clinics to teach campers something new about horses. Clinics range from learning the different parts of the horse, to learning “ground work” techniques, to properly setting jump courses and learning horse strides.
Most importantly, at the heart of our equestrian center, are great horses who amaze us summer after summer. Look on our YouTube channel for a video of our equestrian program.