Mountain Biking is one of our skill-based programs offering traditional campers several different levels of participation. For campers new to the sport or who just want to take a ride or two during their stay, we offer shorter rides, easy trails and instruction in the basics. For the more experienced or more dedicated mountain biker, we offer longer rides, single tracks, and jumps.
Coppercreek’s BMX course is a masterpiece designed and built by our own staff and campers. It has gap jumps, doubles, tabletops and the ever-popular “PIT”. Campers race, jump, have style contests and even help build and maintain this growing and changing course. One of the really special things about our BMX course is that whenever a staff member or camper has a great idea for a new element, we bring a dirt-moving machine (tractors, loaders and shovels) in and build it. The course is constantly improving and campers and staff have truly made it their own. BMX runs separately from our Mountain Biking program, so campers need not have participated in a Mountain Bike ride in order to try out the BMX course.
Hi everyone, my name is Austin and this will be my first time ever going to camp and I’m really excited to meet you all! I just graduated from Miami University in Oxford OH (Not Florida) after majoring in Zoology. I grew up on a farm in Oxford PA where I learned to love being outdoors and exploring.
I’m a big fan of backpacking, hiking, biking, camping, sailing, and mountain biking and I try to take the opportunity to do all of these things as often as possible. This past spring break, my friends and I went snowboarding in Colorado (my first time ever, yes it was awesome when I wasn’t laying face down in the snow) and then we went backpacking in Zion National Park in Utah where we had a 4 day backpacking trip planned. But all of the trails were covered in snow so we did it anyway and it was a great time. I wouldn’t have wanted to be doing anything else at the time.
Aside from nature I also love rock and roll; I have been playing the drums in a band called “Octopus for Good” for the past two years. I don’t limit myself to just drums, I still enjoy singing, playing guitar, and trying to learn any instrument someone puts in front of me.
I love to play all sports! In high school I played football, baseball, and ran track and field all at the same time. In college I have played just about everything else including my intramural experiences in basketball, softball, and ultimate Frisbee. I just think it’s a lot of fun to be out running around with some friends. So I’m really excited to play games with all of you and be outdoors all summer long.
I’m not all sports, science, and serious; I love to be silly whenever I get a chance. This year my friends and I dressed up as Mt. Rushmore for Halloween. I’m also known far and wide for my legendary dance moves, or at least in oxford OH and I can’t wait to break it down with everyone and strut my stuff on the dance floor.
I can’t wait to meet all of you, I’ll see you at camp!
I am currently finishing out my graduate studies in Ancient Hellenic studies at Sacramento State University, but my heart will always truly reside with camp. I will be returning for my second year at Copper Creek Camp where I hope to continue to run the amazing mountain biking program that Copper Creek has to offer.
I am always at peace when I am in the beautiful Greenville mountains teaching kids how to bike, I have never been more happy in my entire life than when I am up there.
My goal is to make sure that every single child that attends Copper Creek leaves camp feeling exactly the way I do about it, I want them to make the same connection I have made to camp and make the same quality friends that I have made. The thing about camp, while it only lasts a few weeks, it will leave a lasting impression on you for the rest of your life.
I thought I had a great life; fancy college degree, cool job, lots of snowboarding, backpacking, rafting, mountain biking, BBQing, loads of cool friends, a house with a fire place and stairs, a ‘station-jeep-wagon’, long term love affairs… everything anybody ever wanted. Then I was introduced to Copper Creek Camp and what turned out to be my empty shell of a life changed forever.
My camp experience began in the summer of 2000. That first summer I learned more about myself than I had in the 20 years prior. Encouraged to tap deep into my quintessential self I was afforded opportunities to climb trees, capsize canoes and sleep on the ground, force-feeding the expansion of my talents and comfort zones in more ways than I can list. I was even allowed to help mold and shape young minds, develop future leaders, and share my love for the outdoors.
I must’ve done a good enough job because they kept giving me more and more to do, and kept letting me come back for the next several years until something unforeseen happened that would again change my life forever. One day in late spring, while I was innocently returning from the pool to help feed horses in the afternoon (I really liked driving the little tractor and, I suppose I like being helpful in general) I was introduced to a gorgeous, porcelain skinned, blue-eyed riding instructor with an outrageous foreign accent. We were married 5 years later. That’s right, I met my wife at Copper Creek Camp and I have Lauren, Becky and Craig to thank for bringing her into my life. You’ll have to ask her yourself what brought her to camp to begin with (everyone has their reasons), but I affectionately refer to it as ‘Operation Green Card’.
This year I am returning to the scene of the crime with brood in tow. I am so excited to be able to spend another summer with my Copper Creek Family, and am ecstatic to be able to share my favorite people with the campers and staff that have been so influential in my life.
So, that’s about enough of the ‘Meadow Meeting’…
This summer I hope to be found in some of the more interesting areas of camp, for instance, I am hoping that Craig will let me drive the backhoe, move some serious dirt around, and practice my “Redneck” skills.
Hello fellow, past, or future Coppercreekers! My name is Kathie and this will be my second year on staff, but my TENTH summer at Coppercreek Camp! I have bopped around the west coast all of my 21 years of life, but have been residing in Arizona’s beautiful Valley of the Sun for the past 8 years.
I recently finished up my undergraduate degree in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University and have moved on to working on my Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Adventure-Based Psychotherapy at Prescott College. I am a full time student currently, but I do volunteer for my local fire department every week assisting with social services.
At Coppercreek, I have the privilege of leading the TREK program! I did TREK when I was 15 years old and that experience has completely shaped my life and career goals. I continued going on outdoor adventure trips after my camper time at Coppercreek, gaining experience and getting my Wilderness EMT. I had always dreamed of coming back to Coppercreek and leading TREK, and last summer I was so grateful to be given that opportunity.
When not leading TREK, I absolutely enjoy doing anything and everything that is high adventure in camp. You may find me on the Mountain Bike Outpost, kayaking at the pool, or belaying the high ropes course.
Coppercreek has always been a very special place for me. During my childhood, I did a lot of growing up at Coppercreek and have made friends there whom will undoubtedly be lifelong.