> Copper Cannon Camp - Eligibility for Our Free Summer Camp Programs


Age and Geographic Region

Children from anywhere in New Hampshire are eligible to participate. Children attending the regular camp week should be between 9 and 12 years of age. Young teens attending the Ranger Week of camp, RHA Backpacking, or Mountain Biking Adventures should be between 13-15 years of age. Youth ages 15-16 can participate in Last Chance Camp. Campers wishing to enroll in the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program should be 16 years of age.

Income Eligibility

Children must be less privileged and/or deprived of the recreational advantages that most children enjoy. HOUSEHOLD income, not family income, must fall at or below the listed levels at the bottom of the page. This means that a parent on welfare living with relatives or friends whose combined income is higher than the listed allowed is not eligible.

Group Functionality

Campers must be physically, mentally and emotionally able to cope with summer camp life and spending time away from home. Campers must be able to function independently in a group setting. Copper Cannon is not a special needs camp and we do not have the staff to provide a one-on-one specialist for a child if he or she cannot function properly on their own. If a child is unable function within our camp structure, it is recommended that they do not attend camp.

Automatic Eligibility Guidelines

A potential camper that meets any of the following guidelines is considered automatically eligible for Copper Cannon:

  1. A child in foster care.
  2. A family on welfare.
  3. A family on the Food Stamp program of ADFC program.
  4. A child that needs a social (short term) separation from the home or other environments. The decision for eligibility for this guideline is made solely by the executive director after reviewing the needs of the child and family. They must be able to function in a group setting.

All participants are treated the same, regardless of ability to pay. In the operation of child feeding programs and Copper Cannon Summer Program, NO participant will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, disability, or age.


Transportation, Camper Applications and Medical Forms are the sole responsibility of the Parents, Guardians or Sponsors of the child attending camp.

  1. Transportation – To and from Copper Cannon Camp is the responsibility of the parent, guardian or referral agent.
  2. Camper Application Form – Must be filled out online. Forms include:
    • Free and Reduced Meal Plan Application or a letter from the school stating your child(ren) qualify for a free or reduced meal plan.
    • Camper Policies Agreement
    • Authorization Form
    • Camper Info Form
    • Camper Health History Form
    • IEP, Behavior Plan, or 504 Form
  3. Camper Medical Form – Medical forms must be sent to the office 3 weeks before the arrival date at camp. No medical forms will be accepted on arrival day. The most recent physical (within 18 months of arrival at camp), the immunization record, and medication form signed by a doctor must be provided. The forms can be faxed directly from the doctor’s office to (603) 823-9959 or emailed to kgadapee@coppercannon.org.

2023-2024 Income Eligibility Guidelines*

Household SizeYearly IncomeMonthly IncomeWeekly Income
For each additional household member add+$9,509+$793+$183
*Income at or less than stated amounts. NOTE: *INCOME* means income before deductions, such as income taxes, eomployees Social Secuirty taxes, insurance premiums, bonds, etc. This would include wages, welfare payments, ADC, Social Security, etc. Copper Cannon uses the USDA income guidelines for free and reduced lunch.

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