Posts Tagged With: summer 2016

And the lesson horse and pony of the year are….




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First Session 2016

As First Session comes to a close today, we look back at all the fun we had these last two weeks.


We started with some silly games.


Sang many wacky songs at campfire and laughed through skits about space aliens and baby deer.


Played until we couldn’t play any more.


Danced in holiday and neon costumes.


Slept under the stars and roasted marshmallows.


Heard the 50 best things about Coppercreek at Vespers.


Celebrated four birthdays and so many “firsts.”


Screamed and shouted away the afternoon at Camp Jam.


And best of all, made new friendships that will last a lifetime.


Today we did not say “goodbye”, but instead we said “see you later.”


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We always love returning staff!

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Hey everybody! My name is Sam, and after a few years away, I could not be more excited to return to Coppercreek Camp this summer, a place that has long felt like a second home, as throughout the years, I went to camp as a family camper (yes, it use to be a thing at Coppercreek!) traditional camper, Trekker, CIT and JC, and then in college I was a counselor for two summers as well!


I am currently a play-play-sports broadcaster, and for the past few years, my schedule has kept me pretty busy in the summer, as I have worked for Minor League Baseball teams based in New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and New York, announcing and covering games on radio, TV, and the internet. However, I am now currently based in Albany, New York, where I spent the last year covering sports for Union College, including their Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs, as well as their baseball team, while starting in the fall I will also announce field hockey, volleyball, soccer, basketball and lacrosse for the school.11742986_10204474217435014_4635375703614943423_n

Although sports are clearly a big part of my life, I am always up for trying and doing something different, and that’s part of the reason why I have always loved my time at camp, since you get to try everything!! During my two prior summers as a counselor, I was a drama director, boat driver, lifeguard, vaulting instructor (the experiment had mixed results…but I loved it!) and cabin counselor ranging from youngest boys, to second oldest, and even one session looking after the boy JC’s (or as I remember Becky phrasing it on at least two occasions “having the JC Boys look after Sam”).



Other activities I cannot wait to resume doing at Coppercreek include outpost night, capture the flag, the talent show and any opportunity to put on a costume!!!


Beyond that, I am more than ready for fun, and hope you are too! I can’t wait to see you all at Coppercreek this summer!!

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Meet Caroline!

Hiya! My name is Caroline Ayala and I’m from Turlock, California – just like Natalie! In fact, we’ve been friends since high school!


I’m a current student at UC Berkeley planning to double major in Environmental Science and Society & Environment. After my undergraduate, I’m planning to go law school to become an Environmental Lawyer and potentially going to graduate school and receiving a masters in ecology. It means I’ll be in school for a very long time. However, I think learning is amazing and it would be pretty cool to be called Doctor Ayala.


While I have lived in California for most of my life, I spent the last two years attending International Boarding School in New Mexico. There, I backpacked the Grand Canyon for five days and went on a 10 day leadership expedition to learn the skills necessary to become a Wilderness Leader and lead a group into the back country.



Since then, I’ve backpacked a bit in Yosemite and plan to go on more trips in the future. I’m definitely excited to hike around camp!


Other than backpacking and studying, I enjoy playing music, learning languages, writing, swimming, and rock climbing.


Some of my favorite summer memories are from attending summer camp and I’m looking forward to spending the summer at Coppercreek! See y’all soon!


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Meet Your TAPs and Kayaking Buddy!

Meet Sierra!

Hey there! I’m Sierra, 23 years young, currently living in Quincy CA. I’ve been climbing trees and rocks all my life and can’t wait to share my passion with y’all. This summer is going to be awesome!


My hobbies include playing the ukulele, memorizing latin names for plants, mountain biking, creating art, taking candid photos and baking sweet things.

This is my first summer at Coppercreek and I’m excited to meet all of you and laugh the days away in the sun. See you soon!


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Meet Maimie!

My name is Maimie. I am an enthusiastic person who loves to try anything new and definitely an adrenalin junkie. I have gone paragliding, participated in Tough Mudders, jump horses and play polo, love go-karting and rollercoasters, and have a huge passion for traveling. I have a very positive outlook on life, always seeing the good side of any situation.
I also love to dress up in costumes!
To my friends I am known as the “over hyper active Duracell bunny,” always having too much energy, usually first up and last awake, finding I get bored very quickley sitting round watching movies. I am more inclined to go out exploring or organize an excursion to random places. I am the oldest in my house but the most immature with a particular liking for Disney and childish games.
I have always had an interaction with children and loved being around them, encouraging them to expand on there skills and broaden their comfort zone.
Can’t wait to see you all of you soon!
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We love CITs that grow into counselors!

Meet Rachel!

Hi everyone!

I’m Rachel, I’m from the Bay Area and I’m currently in school in LA, studying Psychology. I can’t wait to spend my summer at Coppercreek!


I spent one session as a CIT at Coppercreek back in 2011 and I’m excited to return.


My hobbies include sports (volleyball, anyone?), eating good food :), petting every dog I see, and lots more! A few fun facts about me are that I’m currently learning how to play piano, I know how to make hair scrunchies by hand, and my favorite food is pizza.


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Guess Who is Back!

Meet Catherine!

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 9.32.02 AMHi, my name is Catherine and I’m coming back to Coppercreek for round 2! I had such a great summer last year that I now can’t wait to return for a second year on the Riding Staff! Originally I’m from Scotland but now I go to university in England where I study biology.


At Coppercreek I am one of the riding instructors down at the Barn. I love teaching out in the jump arena, helping the barnrats at Saddle Club, making Hatch go around in circles during the vaulting – I can’t wait to be part of Sutter’s Riding girls.

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When I’m not at the barn you can find me literally anywhere else in camp – making friendship bracelets in deck fun, down by the pool or at arts and crafts – I love doing pretty much anything! Also not to forget my infamous dance sessions in the afternoons on the deck!


I’m also really looking forward to all the camp activities like Campfire, dressing up for all the dances and maybe even the return of the famous Mini Olympics!


Can’t wait to come back to my home away from home in sunny California and see everyone again.


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Meet the adventurous Josh!

Meet Josh!

My name is Glenn J. Dickson III, but I go by “Josh”. This will be my first summer at Coppercreek Camp. I was born in Macon, Georgia and I went to High School in Bartlesville Oklahoma. Currently, I am working towards my Engineering Degree at Northern Oklahoma College.

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My hobbies include (but are not limited to) Music, Reading, Writing, Photography, Chess, Longboarding, Building, Fixing, Breaking, Hiking and Mountain Biking. I enjoy sports and any field activities. On an average day I will be the one riding around campus on the “giant skateboard”, I will also be the one falling off the “giant skateboard”.

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On a not so average day I will probably be trying to figure out how to do something that I know absolutely nothing about. I’ll write you a silly song if you’re in a bad mood and there will be a cool picture and something that I tried to fix in there somewhere too. I’m excited to have the opportunity to welcome that first batch of campers onto the campground.


I am ready to provide a fun, safe environment for the campers to unwind and be themselves. There are many things that interest me and I wear many hats, but I always have room to try something new. I look forward to helping campers experience the joy of being optimistic and free. There is no better feeling.


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Meet the creative and animal loving Zannah!

Meet Zannah!


My name is Zannah, I’m from England and I’ll be teaching English horse riding and Art and Crafts this summer. I live in a city called Gloucestershire in the middle of the countryside where we’re famous for our cheese, our pigs and the famous Cheese Rolling festival where people race down an almost vertical hill after a wheel of cheese (no really, look it up!). 1025

I’ve ridden horses since I was 4 years old and have been addicted ever since, so I can’t wait to be able to spend all of camp away from all the British rain in the gorgeous Californian sun. I haven’t been to the USA before, so you’ll have to cut me some slack if I get a bit confused, because in the UK: Pants are called trousers, underwear are called pants, potato chips are called crisps and French fries are called chips (phew!). All the rumors you’ve probably heard about the English and their love of cups of tea are absolutely 100% true, so I’ll definitely be bringing my own stash of tea bags! 12823042_10208871353881451_503887955_o

I go to University in the middle of the city of Reading, 20 mins from London, and I study Biology. I love fancy dress and face paint; I still feel pretty smug about my home made giraffe fancy dress outfit I made with my best friend! When I’m not studying you’ll either find me baking (and definitely snacking) in the kitchen or drawing at my desk.247627_3091363540947_1816019876_n
I’m a huge animal person and have two of probably the biggest and shaggiest dogs you’ve seen! This is Finn, in the summer he has a habit of licking all the sun block off your legs as soon as you put it on, and then sitting on you so you can’t put any more on. I’ve worked with birds of all shapes and sizes from huge eagle owls to little yellow chicks. 12722510_10208860652293918_364563189_o

I’m a big lover of travelling, and love to experience new cultures and ways of life. I taught English in a summer school for 2 summers in China and it was an incredible experience, with delicious food and mind blowing scenery. The Great Wall of China was mind blowing! 312 - Copy

I’m so excited to come to camp and spend my summer in California, I can’t wait to meet you all!Owl Santuary - Me and Willow

See you there, not long now…


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