Why Camp

Giving the Gift of Camp

December is our time to focus on giving the gift of camp by growing our Memorial Fund. Through your donations, we are able to welcome many campers to camp each summer on full and partial scholarships. Words for Wednesday during December will be thank you notes, poems and drawings from this year’s scholarship campers.

Thank you

There are two ways to make a contribution:

  1. Pay online now with our online donation system 
  2. or Print out our donation form and then mail it to:

Coppercreek Camp PO Box 749 Greenville, CA 95947

Make the check payable to either the Genesee Retreat or the ACA Camper Scholarship Program and memo “Coppercreek Camp”. We will forward your check to the appropriate foundation and send a receipt with their tax id number. 
Thank you! 

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Words for Wednesday- JC Vespers Poem


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A Repost: How Camp Has Helped in the “Real World”

A Letter From Taylor Krug- A long-time camper, CIT, JC


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How Camp Has Helped in the “Real World”

A Letter From Taylor Krug- A long-time camper, CIT, JC


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2 Weeks In The Dust

2 Weeks In The Dust

Written By Grace Daverson for Session 4 Vespers 2016


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An article written by a former camper, Alex White, published in the Teton Family Magazine

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!



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Quotes from Summer 2016 Campers

“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.”


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Words For Wednesday By Phoebe Larkins!

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:

  1. Nature isn’t THAT scary
  2. Goldfish is, hands down, the best snack
  3. Playing all day = a great night’s sleep
  4. You don’t need TV and the Internet to have fun
  5. You get used to the permanent horse smell
  6. Dirt can make its way almost ANYWHERE
  7. The pool is a great excuse to skip a shower
  8. Your favorite counselors will be there for you no matter what
  9. Cereal is always a big hit
  10. The five minute hike to your cabin’s outpost spot will feel like an eternity
  12. Greenville seems like the Big Apple when you leave to do out of camp activities
  13. It’s a great feeling when you get back to camp after being at the lake all day
  15. The goats (surprisingly) don’t like being fed dead pine needles
  16. We’re always running out of glitter
  17. You’ll lose count of all the shooting stars you will see
  19. Trying to pile 5 people on a paddle board is physically impossible (so why do we continue to try?!?!?)
  20. Cookie baking is one of the most crowded activities, get there fast!
  21. Pure happiness is the feeling you get when you see your best friends after a year of being away from them
  22. Soccer on the field is intense
  23. Dirt tan lines aren’t forever
  24. Craig’s BBQ is better than anything
  25. It’s completely acceptable to see everyone when you’ve just woken up and haven’t brushed your teeth yet.
  26. Rest hour naps are a necessity
  27. Don’t be afraid of going to see the nurse if you need to!
  28. Becky is like your camp mom
  29. Homesickness doesn’t last long at Coppercreek
  30. You never forget your favorite camp people
  31. Camp food tastes GREAT.
  32. Put on sunscreen everyday!
  33. When it says volleyball on the schedule, it means volleyball. Not nameball.
  34. Four happy thoughts will stick with you all year
  35. Reaching the bell at the climbing wall is an awesome accomplishment
  36. If you keep your eyes peeled you may see deer on the soccer field
  37. The Big Fun Game is actually big and fun.
  38. 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
  39. Thinking is overrated.
  40. Shampoo is actually not necessary
  41. Tie dye day is the best day
  42. Capture the flag feels like an actual war zone
  43. You can use dirt as makeup if you try hard enough
  44. The pool is a great place for a polar plunge
  45. Opening a package at camp is like opening presents on Christmas morning
  46. It can be freezing when you wake up and blazing hot an hour later
  47. The sunset at Vespers is absolutely gorgeous *spirit fingers*
  48. You will need a pedicure after camp
  49. Friday night is party night!
  50. 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.
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Words For Wednesday!-Happy Thoughts From Summer 2015

Happy Moments Written By Campers In Their Happy Thoughts Journals:

  1. “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.”
  2. “I trotted over four poles on Phinney! I want to take riding lessons when I get home.”
  3. “Our whole cabin dressed up as different M&M colors.”
  4. “Our counselor played the guitar to us before we went to sleep.”
  5. “I got my kayak roll!!!!”


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Words For Wednesday!- From Oliver

The top 10 things I love about Coppercreek: 

By Oliver

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


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