Posts Tagged With: High Ropes Course
Coppercreek Camp put up their first Ropes Course on the “back 40” in 1985 (??) after Lornie experienced one through her outdoor recreation program at UC Santa Barbara. Ours involved mostly low group challenge events and a few ropes, like the one below.
We built a climbing wall and used some creativity to come up with crazy team challenges. For example, one event involved TREK filling a trash can full of holes, set a short ways from the creek, with buckets of water. The group had to work together quickly to fill it before it emptied.
Eventually, the campers and staff got tired of hiking out to the Ropes Course and we moved it into the tall trees below our equestrian center in the main part of camp around 1994. We had a company build the first few events and one of our climbing instructors created a few more, such as the Vertical Playground. Every spring, our course is inspected by a ropes course inspection company for safety, and every summer, our ropes staff go through an intensive training session to run the course (more on that later). There is SO much more to running a ropes course than the early days.
My name is Andrew Weaver and I have been lucky enough to return back home to camp for a seventh year. This will be my second summer working at Copper Creek and I can’t wait to get back to see all of the campers I got to know last summer, as well as meet all of the new faces that will be joining us this summer.
Camp has always been a special place for me, having spent 5 summers there in my youth. I was a traditional camper, a Counselor In Training, and Junior Counselor, so now as a counselor you could say that I have been all the way around the block. Now I get to help other campers enjoy the same experiences that made camp special for me when I was a kid, which is incredibly rewarding.
Getting away from wistful memories of camp and down to some specifics, I am a 21 year old guy (I will celebrate my birthday at camp for the fifth time this summer) from Berkeley California who has spent the past four years getting a degree in History from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg Florida. During that time I’ve also worked as a lacrosse coach for middle school boys and remained interested in all sorts of outdoor activities. At camp I spend most of my mornings working on the High Ropes course. Usually you can find me sitting in the top of a tree, enjoying the views of the Sierras while ensuring the safety of the campers who make it up the course to come and see me.
In the afternoons I usually take a group of campers to nearby Lake Almanor for some wakeboarding, waterskiing, knee-boarding, and always a bit of splashing around in the lake. When I’m not doing that I’m usually riding or working on mountain bikes, or keeping track of a handful of campers.
I must admit though, ever since I was a camper, my favorite activity has been capture the flag. Few things are more exciting than running through the woods with a gang of teenagers on your heels. It’s a hard life, but somebody has to do it.