Copper Cannon Campers – here is your chance to check out some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) that kids coming to camp have! A lot of campers are nervous, curious, anxious, excited, eager or all of the above, especially for the first time. The information below will hopefully provide you with a lot of valuable information as you look forward to your camp experience!
Can I bring my iPod, iPhone or Cell Phone? Sorry, but no! There is more than enough fun stuff for you to do at camp without needing your electronics. Ipods, cell phones, iPhones and mp3 players only serve to distract you from the real reason you are at camp: to make new friends, try new things and get away from the pressures of modern life!
What else can’t I bring? You don’t need electronic games such as your DS or PSP or anything like that. You also don’t need hair dryers, curling irons, razors for shaving, candy or snacks.
OK then, what SHOULD we bring to camp? You should bring a sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight, towel, water bottle, socks, shorts, underwear, swimsuit, long pants, light jacket, sweatshirt, T-shirts, rain jacket, two pairs footwear, a hat and a bag for dirty clothes. Also, you can bring a toiletry kit that includes toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, insect repellent (cream), sunscreen and a comb or brush. Optional: disposable camera with name clearly marked, playing cards, stationary, reading material, etc.
What will my cabin look like? There are eight cabins up “on the hill” with four cabins on each side – a boys side and a girls side. Each cabin is rustic but comfortable and cozy. The cabins have front porches with benches. When you first walk into the cabin, there is an area for your counselors to keep their stuff and sleep. Then there is a doorway which leads you into the bunk area – where you will be sleeping! You have shelves and storage areas to keep your stuff in as well. You’ll share a cabin with 5-6 other campers (plus your counselor) for the week!
So uhh… what about the um, bathrooms? There is a main bath house located in the middle of camp where you can use the restrooms, take your showers, get ready for bed, etc. There are also bath houses up on the hills that you can go to at night so you don’t have to walk all the way through camp.
Can I make sure I’m in the same cabin as my friend? When your parents are filling out your application, you can have them write down on your app if you are wanting to be in the same cabin as your friend. Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to. We will try our best to get you in the same cabin as your friend, but sometimes things just don’t work out. If you and your friend have a big age difference, it might be tougher to get the two of you in the same cabin. Also, uneven enrollment numbers and no-shows mean we might have to do some shifting around of the cabins before the week actually starts. Something to keep in mind though: Even if you don’t end up in the same cabin as your buddy, you will still see them and get to hang out with them a lot during the week! And not being in the same cabin as your friend only means you will have that many more new friends to make in your cabin!
What kinds of activities do you do at Copper Cannon Camp? We have some of everything! There are a lot of activities that your parents and even grandparents did when they went to camp as a kid: archery, hiking, arts and crafts, nature skills, swimming, campfires, s’mores, etc. Some camp activities are classics and don’t really need to be messed with over time! However, we also have activities that are sure to keep everything new and exciting for you. You’ll get to play plenty of GaGa, do ropes courses and play some awesome large-group games. The international (and local) staff even bring a flavor of their own country to camp when they do programs, activities and games throughout the week. You are guaranteed to find a new and exciting activity you’ve never tried before!
Can I keep in touch with my counselor through letters, phone calls, emails, etc. after camp is over? If you email or write letters to your counselor after camp is over, unfortunately they won’t be able to respond. What you can do, however, is find Copper Cannon on Facebook and “like” us. Then you can post on our wall and stay in touch with not only staff but all of the other friends you met at camp.
What happens if I get homesick? Can I call my parents? The first thing to remember is, it’s completely normal and fine to feel homesick. You are not the only one, and it’s not a bad thing. Summer Camp is a great time to learn independence and to get used to making your own decisions and being away from home. Because of this, we don’t allow campers to call home during the week. However, there are plenty of things that can make you feel better if you get homesick. Your counselors are there to make sure you have the best experience possible and you can always talk to them about how you are feeling. You can write letters home to your parents – sometimes getting your emotions down on paper and expressing them is a great way to relieve some of that stress. You can also encourage your parents before the week starts to send you letters during camp! And perhaps the best way to overcome your homesickness is to get out there and start trying some new activities and meeting new people! Once you get involved, you’ll be amazed at how much fun you will actually have. By the end of the week, almost everyone who was homesick in the beginning of the week doesn’t want to leave camp!
Can we have boyfriends/girlfriends at camp? Right now, you are visiting our wonderful website, which is www.coppercannoncamp.org. Unfortunately, our website is not called match.com. This means that when you are at camp, we need you to keep the PDAs (public displays of affection) to yourself. We want you to have an awesome time and camp and want to make sure you don’t have any distractions that could get in the way of this. If you meet someone you really like, at the end of the week you can get their contact information from them, but don’t worry about it during camp! If you have any other questions about your camp experience, feel free to get in touch with us, or have a parent get in touch with us by emailing us at email@example.com or calling (603) 823-8107