2 Weeks In The Dust
Written By Grace Daverson for Session 4 Vespers 2016
We received this article in the mail last week and read it with endless smiles. Alex White was a camper 15 or 16 years ago and now works to plan summer experiences for other youth. This article was published in the Teton Family Magazine and is about the importance of summer programs for adolescence. Thank you for sharing Alex White!
“Going to camp this year gave me a lot of confidence and after being extremely shy my first year of high school, it was revealing to me how I let my shyness get ahead of me and keep me from having a good time. At Coppercreek, it didn’t happen. I was confident.”
“I had the chance to be comfortable, confident, and in a place where I can be myself.”
“This was my 5th summer at Coppercreek and it has been the greatest experience ever. I met so many people and have memories that will last a lifetime.”
“Coppercreek is probably my most favorite place on the planet.”
“Each year just some how gets better and better.”
“The whole camp experience was everything I wanted and more.”
“Coppercreek opened me up so much and gave me confidence and friends for the first time in my life.”
“Coppercreek is my family.”
50 Things I Learned from Coppercreek Camp by Phoebe Larkins:
Being a camper at Coppercreek for almost eight years, you learn a few things. Here are some very important things you will learn at camp:
- Nature isn’t THAT scary
- Goldfish is, hands down, the best snack
- Playing all day = a great night’s sleep
- You don’t need TV and the Internet to have fun
- You get used to the permanent horse smell
- Dirt can make its way almost ANYWHERE
- The pool is a great excuse to skip a shower
- Your favorite counselors will be there for you no matter what
- Cereal is always a big hit
- The five minute hike to your cabin’s outpost spot will feel like an eternity
- DON’T DROP YOUR HOTDOG IN THE CAMPFIRE
- Greenville seems like the Big Apple when you leave to do out of camp activities
- It’s a great feeling when you get back to camp after being at the lake all day
- SHOWER! FASTER! SHOWER! FASTER!
- The goats (surprisingly) don’t like being fed dead pine needles
- We’re always running out of glitter
- You’ll lose count of all the shooting stars you will see
- YOU CAN’T RIDE IN MY LITTLE RED WAGON.
- Trying to pile 5 people on a paddle board is physically impossible (so why do we continue to try?!?!?)
- Cookie baking is one of the most crowded activities, get there fast!
- Pure happiness is the feeling you get when you see your best friends after a year of being away from them
- Soccer on the field is intense
- Dirt tan lines aren’t forever
- Craig’s BBQ is better than anything
- It’s completely acceptable to see everyone when you’ve just woken up and haven’t brushed your teeth yet.
- Rest hour naps are a necessity
- Don’t be afraid of going to see the nurse if you need to!
- Becky is like your camp mom
- Homesickness doesn’t last long at Coppercreek
- You never forget your favorite camp people
- Camp food tastes GREAT.
- Put on sunscreen everyday!
- When it says volleyball on the schedule, it means volleyball. Not nameball.
- Four happy thoughts will stick with you all year
- Reaching the bell at the climbing wall is an awesome accomplishment
- If you keep your eyes peeled you may see deer on the soccer field
- The Big Fun Game is actually big and fun.
- When you get home from camp, you will find yourself waking up at 7:30 and going to bed at 9 on a regular basis
- Thinking is overrated.
- Shampoo is actually not necessary
- Tie dye day is the best day
- Capture the flag feels like an actual war zone
- You can use dirt as makeup if you try hard enough
- The pool is a great place for a polar plunge
- Opening a package at camp is like opening presents on Christmas morning
- It can be freezing when you wake up and blazing hot an hour later
- The sunset at Vespers is absolutely gorgeous *spirit fingers*
- You will need a pedicure after camp
- Friday night is party night!
- Coppercreek Camp is a place for making new friendships, creating memories, learning life skills, forging new paths in life as you know it, and most importantly having fun.
Happy Moments Written By Campers In Their Happy Thoughts Journals:
- “I actually did the Leap of Faith and got to read the quote at the top of the pole. I never thought I could conquer my fear of heights.”
- “I trotted over four poles on Phinney! I want to take riding lessons when I get home.”
- “Our whole cabin dressed up as different M&M colors.”
- “Our counselor played the guitar to us before we went to sleep.”
- “I got my kayak roll!!!!”
The top 10 things I love about Coppercreek:
1.) TAPS, because I get to go rock climbing at ‘The Loading Zone’
2.) Art and crafts, because I get to create things to bring home to my parents
3.) I love the climbing wall because I get to challenge myself on different routes
4.) Fishing, because if I catch the biggest fish in the pond I get to name it
5.) Horseback riding because I don’t get to ride horses at home
6.) Rifelry. If I shoot the shovel I get a ‘shout out’ at lunch. This is when you get a cheer from all of the counselors and I love that
7.) The counselors, because they’re so nice! And they tell really great stories
8.) Going to the lake. I love to wake board, water ski, and knee board. Knee boarding is fun!!
9.) The cabins. Other kids sleep there too and I like making new friends.
10.) Sutter, Becky, and Craig, because they run the camp so well
Dear Whomever This Letter May Concern,
Camp rocks! Or, more specifically, TREK rocks! This year I got to go to third session for the first time. It was weird not knowing everybody for the first few days, but everyone was really nice and fun to be around. It was a session full of firsts for me because it was my first time on TREK too!
We had a lot of fun in the caves, but it was hard work. We had to crawl through crevices only a foot off the ground! But it was worth it to see all of the shimmery rocks above our heads. They would glitter like gold and silver. I remember even seeing some blue in some parts. Caving also made me appreciate simple things like being able to stand up without hitting my head!
After caving we went back to camp for both a break and the dance. The real exciting part was being able to eat without cooking ourselves. I’m not saying TREK food was bad, but you try giving a bunch of 14 year olds cooking responsibilities for a week. It doesn’t end well.
The next week we went backpacking and river rafting but I’m running out of paper so all I can tell you is that it was a TON of fun and worth every hour left unslept. I’m so excited to come back next year!
Thank you and goodbye.