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Meet Megan!



Hey! I’m Megan McCauley and this is my first summer at Copper Creek. I cannot wait to get to camp…so excited! I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri but moved to Tempe, Arizona three years ago to go to school at Arizona State University. I’m an Earth and Environmental Science major and have one more year left in school…then I’m hoping to work as an environmental scientist (or at least to do something that allows me to work and connect with both people and nature).


I’m very outdoorsy….hiking, camping, rock climbing, kayaking, etc. is my life 🙂 I always tell people that if I could, I would live in a treehouse in a forest, for the rest of my life! Nature is what brings out my happiest self and it’s what makes me feel the most at home.


I also listen to a lot of country music cause let’s face it: country music is definitely the best. And, I like to play my guitar on a daily basis. I taught myself everything I know and have been playing for about six years now and really love it….especially when I can play it outside! I’m really looking forward to bringing it to camp and to be able to share music with the kiddos 🙂 I am most looking forward to meeting the kids at camp and having the opportunity to make a difference in their lives the same way my counselors did for me when I was a camper…and of course I can’t complain about living in nature for the summer and getting to meet other counselors from all over 😀


So you want to know random facts about me? I am excellent at impersonating other people’s laughs…so get ready for me to try yours! I also talk to myself a lot as if I’m my own best friend (only child syndrome….gotta love it). One of my biggest goals in life is to attend a salsa tasting convention. I also intend to put on blue suede shoes and walk in Memphis while listening to the song…not even kidding…it will happen. So that’s pretty much me! Looking forward to meeting all of my fellow counselors and all the kiddos this summer!! 🙂

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Meet Andrea!


Hi Everyone, my name is Andrea! I am originally from Thousand Oaks, just outside of Los Angeles, but have spent that last almost six years up in Davis, California.


I currently work as a tutor, and co-manage a free clinic for the homeless in downtown Sacramento. I was lucky enough to come up to visit camp on a volunteer retreat last spring, and am super excited to be coming out as a counselor this summer!


My family is extremely outdoorsy, and I grew up backpacking, camping, biking, and fishing in the Sierras and elsewhere in the states several times a year. I love being outside, and will make almost any excuse to get away to the mountains.



If I am not outside, and not doing some boring, responsible adult activity, I am likely playing a musical instrument. My instrument of choice is the guitar, but I have some skills on the ukulele and keyboard, as well as minor skills on the trumpet and cello.


I am excited to share my love of the outdoors and music this summer, and can’t wait to meet you all.



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Wordless Wednesday- Music at camp








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Wordless Wednesday


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Proud Brave Free America- another Eric James Barger I original

Featuring Eric James Barger I and the Swamp!

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Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

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Meet Jackie!



Hi everyone!! My name is Jackie and 2013 will be my very first summer as a counselor at Coppercreek!!!

I’m originally from Long Beach California and last year I graduated from Cal State Long Beach with bachelor degrees in music performance and human development. Now I attend The Wright Institute School of Psychology in Berkeley.

Jackie and her celli

I have a very WIDE variety of interests, first and foremost music music and music!!! I play the cello, the guitar and the piano (depending on what kind of day it is).


I am obsessed with musical theatre in every way and on most days you’ll find me singing show tunes or Disney songs (Tangled!!), and/or dancing! I LOVE dance! Especially jazz, hip hop and contemporary.

Jackie and hair bows

I am also obsessed with crafting and I love to make my own hair bows and jewelry.

Jackie at camp

I’m no stranger to the amazingness that is life at camp. I’ve been a camp counselor for 4 years and I was also a camper myself once upon a long time ago and I have the teenaged photos to prove it! I made some of the absolute best friends I have at camp and most of us are still super close (some of us even went to college together!!) I’m really excited to be a part of the camp experience for the Coppercreek campers this year. I am so ready to get the summer started. I know it’s going to be incredible!!!! See you soon!


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TREK- by Kate Isenberg: singer/songwriter, artist, animation graduate student, cool person.

Trek 1989

Trek 1989

Their faces peer out at me from my scrapbook. Lugging huge backpacks up a steep trail, performing feats even an ant would envy. Perched on the top of an outcropping of rock against the sunset.

Trek (1991) in the Trinity Alps

Trek (1991) in the Trinity Alps

Ceremoniously dumping water on each others’ heads. These are the faces of a group of people who have been a special part of my summers. We like to call ourselves Trekkies, but lately we have been confused with the Star Trek: Next Generations fans. That’s all right; we could just as easily be called something else: Galactic Grapes. Zoo Animals. We come from very different backgrounds, but all share the responsibility of watching out for each other and for ourselves. The program is called TREK: High Adventure Leadership Camp, an outgrowth of my beloved Coppercreek Camp, my summer haven. Four weeks of rockclimbing, caving, backpacking, and whitewater rafting.

Trek finishing up the rafting trip on the Trinity River.

Trek finishing up the rafting trip on the Trinity River.

It is an intensive lesson in tolerance and a development of physical and mental strength. Four weeks of living together, eating together, making no-bake cheesecake together. The demands are great, but the rewards are worth it. And the people are some of the most hilarious ones I have ever met. There’s Brian, who wears a plastic Gumby-doll, nicknamed Guacaman, around his neck and likes to stick his toes in my ear. Barbara, with whom I stayed up late into the wee hours waiting for the Cockroach People to come and get us. D.J., whom we almost killed for telling us that awful joke about the pink ping-pong balls.

I think about them often, now that I am too old to do the TREK program. Oh, the times we had! We waded through the snowfields to the peak of Sawtooth Ridge in the Trinity Alps and look down at the shimmering blue lakes encased in their rocky basins and the green meadows stretching away to join the trees. We inched through tiny lava tubes under the ground and prayed we were not lost.

Trek entering Labyrinth Cave in Lava Beds National Monument.

Trek entering Labyrinth Cave in Lava Beds National Monument.

We dared to challenge Hell’s Hole on the Trinity River and came out alive, even if we came out backwards. We graced the Weaverville supermarket with our Presence, wearing pillows on our heads to entertain the locals. We suddenly became possessed with an Inspiration to spit watermelon seeds at each other. Oh, the times we had!

Trek after a water fight at Captain Jack's Stonghold in Lava Beds National Monument.

Trek after a water fight at Captain Jack’s Stonghold in Lava Beds National Monument.

Among faces in my scrapbook, I can see myself–younger, but obviously me, with the same grin, same freckles, same old hiking boots. Here I am indulging my passion for fruit punch Crystal Light, reading The Little Prince on the trail, learning to see the humor in everyday occurrences while discovering the serious side in me.

Katie in the Trinity Alps.

Katie in the Trinity Alps.

What is the profound amidst the not-so profound? Taking the cooking gear well away from the lake to wash? Picking up that piece of litter? Not teasing Tim about his hair, which is always sticking up? Always remembering that you can make it up to the top of that rock, even if your arms are shaking like a sewing machine. These lessons of respect for the natural environment, tolerance for other people’s space and feelings, and a strong belief in the power of ME are the legacies of TREK. More than that, I find rare moments of complete peace with myself and my future while surrounded by the people, the beauty, the golden freedom of summer.

-Katie Isenberg

Trek 1989, 1990, 1991

Kate is also an accomplished musician. Please go to her Facebook page and enjoy her beautiful music:

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Mike Craghead: singer/songwriter, artist, cool person

The Climbing

The Climbing Wall

Drawn by Mike Craghead

Mike is one of those really cool people we talk about in our “About Us” section. He was a Trekker, staff member, and maintenance guru until he left us to marry the Arts and Crafts Director, Dawn, and have three equally as amazing children. As well as a talented artist, Mike is also an accomplished musician. Many campers and staff will sigh as they remember listening to Mike perform at Campfire and Vespers. Here is a  Youtube video of one of his performances.

You can also find more of Mike’s music here: Check it out! You will LOVE everything about Mike’s music.

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