Introducing another adventure loving counselor…

Michael Pero

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Greetings! I’m Michael Pero, originally from Venutra County, California and currently living in the Lost Sierra, a.k.a. Plumas County. I’ll be the climbing instructor this year and this will be my first year at Coppercreek Camp.pic 3

During the rest of the year I occupy myself with rock climbing, white water kayaking, guiding white water rafting, college, backpacking and more!pic 2

For this summer, I’m most excited about getting everyone excited about rock climbing and kayaking. I’m very passionate about my beard and like to change the style of it so you might not recognize me throughout the summer.Pic 1

You can read more about his adventures here.

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Introducing another super-duper counselor….

Meet Kevin HowardTeam Robin Hood

My name is Kevin Howard, and my hometown is Dodge City, KS. For the past 5 years I have been attending Emporia State University, which has ultimately led me to obtain my degree in recreation. For the past few years I have been working in the Vision Quest After School program at the Emporia Middle School, which provides students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities after school such as sports, art, robotics, gardening, and many more. New Bike

When I’m not in class or working, I enjoy hitting the trails on my mountain bike, or take my dog, Zim, on a walk out on the trails. Weekend gatherings around a nice fire with good friends is always a great way to top off any week. I take interest in cars, trucks, and motorcycles, racing, and any type of adventure activities. While I haven’t gotten to try everything on my list, I am definitely open to almost anything.Zim's Gotcha Day

I am looking forward to the great opportunity to meet everyone this summer, and take part in some activities that will be new to me, as well as sharing some activities that could possibly be new to those at camp. I am excited for summer to get here and let the fun begin!Ace Ventura Outfit

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Introducing Jess for her 4th exciting year!

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Hometown: Green Mountain, Colorado

For the last couple years between my summers at camp I acted as an LRF, Live in residential Faculty, at the Athenian School in Danville California. My job was a lot like camp, I got to live in the girls dorm with high school students from around the world. Some of my students are from Vietnam, China, Japan, Uganda, Nigeria, the UK, and even Russia. But after camp this year I will be headed back to Colorado to find my next great adventure. 30

My first summer at Coppercreek was in 2012.

Coppercreek was not my first camp, though admittedly the first one was not a particularly pleasant experience, so my biggest fear in coming to Coppercreek for the first time was that I wouldn’t be a good fit for camp. I think the fact that I am returning for my fourth summer is evidence that this was not the case. I was also a little scared of camping without a tent, but now I prefer to sleep under the stars, tents just get in the way of a spectacular view. One of my biggest fears in general, not just at camp, was of heights. While I am still a little afraid for the last three summers I have challenged myself to try something new on the ropes course during staff training and I have grown a lot from facing this fear. 7

I have so many favorite activities at camp, one of these is the high ropes course. With one of my biggest fears being heights I am always amazed at the incredible things that campers achieve on the course, and I don’t just mean getting all the way across the Tarzan vines. The high ropes course offers everyone a chance to push themselves and succeed. Some of the most impressive feats I have seen down there are the campers that are terrified deciding to try, even if they don’t make it to the top making that choice to challenge themselves both physically and mentally is astounding and I love to be their cheerleader. CIT program 2nd sesh

I also really enjoy anytime I can spend time with the Coppercreek Teen Leaders. My crew spends so much time split up at different cabins and activities that when we come back together we have a blast and make the most of it. So Teen Social Night and Outpost are incredible.

I don’t think it is fair to be asked to choose just one favorite memory in all of my time at camp but I will at least choose a very good one. On my very first outpost, which as a mentioned before I was nervous about due to the lack of tents, my campers found out that I had never seen a shooting star. This was made even worse by the fact that I missed every single one before we lay down on our tarp. So it was a very exciting moment when I finally did see my first shooting star, so much so that instead of going to sleep we stayed up and sang a song that one of my CIT’s made up about it, every time I saw one. We were all a giggling mess and certainly couldn’t sleep after all the excitement so we played a few rounds of The Question Game and had to describe our ideal toilets, the thing we most missed at outpost. 34

The end of camp is bitter sweet, as sad as it is to be saying goodbye some of my favorite moments have been during the last dance, or last meadow meeting of the season. I find it so touching that the only time my girls ever ask me to wake them up early is when a friend is on the first airport shuttle. I wish that camp could last forever but one of the things that makes it so special is that it doesn’t exist on Williams Valley Road 10 months a year because we all take a little piece of it with us in our hearts, Coppercreek is only camp again when we all return with our little pieces of camp and create this magical place again. 425084_4455461590551_520427030_n

I know a lot of things now that I didn’t know before I came to Coppercreek, I know that the frogs in the showers are friendly, headlamps are cool, people actually do gymnastics on horseback, what it says on the top of the Leap of Faith log, making silly dances is a talent…. The list could go on and on but the biggest thing that Coppercreek has taught me is that Camp will never be done teaching me things.

Camp looks different for every single Camper, and Staff Member. There is no magic hint to have the most fun. The one thing that is required to have an amazing summer at Coppercreek is a positive attitude and an open mind. The more you try the more you will enjoy, and if you don’t enjoy a new activity there is always something else to try instead. First-Session-43-X2

“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it all in at once.” ~Audrey Hepburn

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Introducing our final “supertastic” riding instructor!

Meet AlexandraAlexandra 3

Greetings from Northern Ireland!

Hi, my name is Alexandra McCusker. I am from Northern Ireland, UK. This will be my first summer with Coppercreek Camp and I am super excited to become a member of the family as a Riding Instructor.Alexandra 1

I am a final year University Student at Queens University Belfast where I study Business Management. I am hoping to carry on next year and get my Masters degree before finally growing up and getting a job… maybe.Alexandra 2

I have been riding horses since I was six years old and since then I have fallen in love with them more and more every year. So much so, that I spend every moment I have, and every penny I earn riding and spending time on a yard.Alexandra 5

I am a talkative, enthusiastic and fun loving. I never miss the chance to dress up and I just about always randomly break out into song and dance in public. I know that the camp environment will be a perfect place to be myself and most importantly have fun with everyone.Alexandra 4

I can’t wait to get to Coppercreek and meet everyone, have a good time, spend time with the horses, try new things and make some of the best memories and friends that I will cherish for years to come.

See you all soon!Alexandra 6

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