Coming from England… Meet Paul!

An amazing hello to everybody! I can’t wait for this summer to come and to meet everyone at Coppercreek for 2018!

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My name is Paul and I’m a student at the University of Exeter studying a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. My end goal is to get into conservation efforts for any endangered animals and help clean up our incredible ocean, which I hope to spend way more time in and around as I’m an absolute water baby.

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I undoubtedly love the outdoors and try and spend as much time in it as I can hiking, rowing, kayaking, swimming and diving on the regular, although being in England the weather can prevent me from time to time. I think those experiences are best done with other people so I’m really excited to do them with everyone at camp. I am also passionate about doing non-sporty activities like playing guitar, watching films/reading books, listening to (probably too much) music, making/eating pizza and traveling, which is one of my biggest joys in life.

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Honestly, I can already tell this is going to be one of the best things I’ll ever do as I’ve always wanted to travel to America and now I have this chance to get involved. It really makes me want it to happen tomorrow!

Coming all the way from Mexico… Meet Aydee!

Hello, my name is Aydee, I’m 22 years old, I’m a university student and I’m Mexican.
I am a very friendly person, responsible in everything I do, kind, patient in any situation and very smart.
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I love helping and being able to serve people.
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My favorite hobbies are writing and reading. I love swimming and I practice swimming.
This summer I come with a lot of energy to be supportive in the kitchen, which makes me very happy to be part of the nutrition of campers and other staff.
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The First Member of the Barn Crew: Meet Bethan!

Hey there! I’m Bethan and here’s a little bit more about me…

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I study business at The University of Bath in England, which hopefully is the first step towards setting up my very own animal charity. My love of animals is what drew me to this amazing camp and their fantastic horse riding program. I’m a rider myself, mainly competing in show jumping, but I have also done a fair few gymkhanas and dressage tests over the years. In case you haven’t already guessed it, I will be one of the Coppercreek riding instructors!

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I’m super sporty, growing up in both athletics and netball teams, and I’ve got two older sisters; one in Australia and one in London. I also lived in Singapore for 2 years where I fell in love with travelling. My other favourite things include eating great food and listening to music.

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My friends see me as an older sister, in other words, if anything is bothering you, come to me, and I’ll listen and help you out as best as I can.

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I am so excited to come to camp and meet you all. This will be my first time staying in America, so I can’t wait to learn all about the amazing American things that I have been missing out on in my life so far!

Staff Saturday… Introducing Mallory!

Hi guys! Mallory Brown here introducing myself to the lovely Coppercreek Camp Community. I am so excited to be joining the crew for Summer 2018.
I am graduating from the California College of the Arts with a BFA in Sculpture this coming May and I can’t think of any better way to celebrate than spending my time in the mountains. Currently, I am also working full time as a Second Grade teacher in Lafayette, CA.
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I am silly and I love to play games. I pride myself on being a hide and seek pro, and I love playing capture the flag.
My hobbies include (but are definitely not limited to): yoga, cooking, painting murals, hiking, backpacking, cycling, swimming and climbing trees.

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I look forward to meeting you and getting to PLAY in the mountains all summer!

It is that time of year when we start introducing our amazing staff! First…. Meet Olivia!

Hi everyone!

My name is Olivia and I am super excited to be a camp counselor this summer! I am currently attending college in Cambridge, Massachusetts where I also play water polo.

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I am originally from San Francisco, so I am really excited to come back to California for the summer and work at Coppercreek! I know this summer is going to be very fun and memorable.

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(My brother and me skiing together this winter)

I love nature in all forms: beach, mountains, woods, and lakes. I can’t wait to be outside all summer and enjoy what nature has to offer.

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(My pre-orientation backpacking trip in Vermont!)

I love all animals! This is my toy poodle Eggnog.

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I can’t wait for all our adventures this summer! See you guys soon ☺

Words for Wednesday: Jean Smith, a Coppercreek Camp “Vintage” writes about her experience

A timid 8-year-old didn’t realize, 48 years ago, that she was embarking on a life-long, passionate affair with a summer camp. No, she was frightened about being away from home, but thrilled to learn how to ride horses. The camp’s owner and director, a tall, calm man, came down to her Berkeley home and gave her parents a slideshow preview of this camp to seal the deal.

That first summer, back in 1969, began my long relationship with Coppercreek Camp, with John Lindsgog and his children, Lauren and Mike, and with many people I still call some of my dearest friends. That first session cemented my love of red dirt, tall pines, craggy summits, hot dogs roasted over a campfire, the smell of horse sweat and tack, and a million other wondrous crumbs that make up Coppercreek. I had to come back…again and again and again.

Over the next 13 years, I boomeranged back to camp each summer. It was a given; my parents knew this and bless them for making it happen. Camper…junior counselor…counselor-in-training…relief counselor…assistant riding instructor. The later years, when I could spend all summer on staff, produced some of the best memories I have.

Papa John was the anchor through all of it. He was a stern father figure for many of us, but loving and kind. He knew when to encourage us, and he also knew when to fix us with those icy blue eyes and let us know we had displeased him. That hurt…we hated displeasing Papa, and the transgression was never repeated.

Adult life intervened when I turned 21…it was time to get a “real job”, so I stopped coming to camp during summer. But I never lost touch with Papa John, and a few years later, when I started camping up near Lassen, John always welcomed me into camp for a visit with open arms. I felt I still belonged there, a feeling that has never left. I can still hear Papa’s voice…”Hey, babe, it’s good to see you,” followed by a huge hug.

Several years ago, the “vintages”, as we old campers call ourselves, started an annual reunion, held at the end of summer, after camp closed to campers. These reunions have allowed old friendships to roar to life once again, and new enduring friendships to be made. God bless Lauren and Becky and Craig for letting us “old” campers come back to our sacred ground and act like children. God bless Sutter and Taylor for continuing the tradition! Our reunions are the ultimate in life battery-recharging events.

Over the many years, we’ve lost some of our family…John and Lauren hurt particularly, in the heart-stung way of losing dear family members. But we’ve been given gifts in return…Sutter and Taylor and little Harper are the continuum of Coppercreek; watching Ryleigh and Kenna grow up into lovely young ladies has been amazing (good job, mom and dad!); and reconnecting with fellow vintages has enriched my life immeasurably.

As long as Coppercreek exists, and I can walk its dusty red roads, life will be alright. For that, I give great thanks, love and appreciation. -Jean Smith, CCC, 1969-1982