Garnet Hill Cleanup Day 2013


Garnet Hill Mural Team

Garnet Hill Mural Team

Garnet Hill employees arrived with paintbrushes, work gloves, hammers, shovels, and rakes Thursday, May 9, for Garnet Hill’s Fifth Annual Community Service Day to help open Copper Cannon, a local camp that serves underprivileged New Hampshire youth. Since its inception in 1963, the camp has served more than 20,000 children in New Hampshire with a week of free summer camp. This year Copper Cannon will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

“Copper Cannon offers lifelong memories for the children who attend camp, and their families as well,” said Peter Christnacht, executive director of Copper Cannon “Receiving this kind of support from local companies and organizations such as the New Hampshire Elks Club has provided so many kids with the summer camp experience of a lifetime, regardless of income.”

The Garnet Hill cleanup day and the spirit of giving back set the tone for the season, and the spirit of giving back is contagious. When Snapper Rock, a Garnet Hill Kids supplier, learned about the community service day at Copper Cannon, the company donated more than 450 pieces of new swimwear for the campers and came to take part. “It was an honor to be invited to be part of the Garnet Hill team today, to participate in the Copper Cannon cleanup, and to do this for the children of New Hampshire,” said Julie Rich of Snapper Rock. “Garnet Hill’s philosophy of ‘giving back’ is very aligned with Snapper Rock. It was great to be able to work side by side today instead of across the table from one another.”Garnet Hill Cleanup

Garnet Hill president Russ Gaitskill said Garnet Hill has participated in the Copper Cannon cleanup for the past five years. “We are so proud to have made an impact in children’s camp experience through building new tent platforms, forging new trails, and prepping the camp for opening day,” he said. “Copper Cannon is a Garnet Hill tradition. It is a team-building experience that brings people together for a worthy cause.”

This year, employees were asked what it means to them personally to give back and participate in the Community Service Day at Copper Cannon.

“My favorite part is standing there at the end of the day and seeing what we’ve accomplished together — there is nothing like it,” said Sandy Hamilton.

“It means being a little sore today, but the amazing stories you hear about that camp make it all worth it.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Mary Tremblay said.

“It means interacting with your co-workers on a different level, while working for a cause that’s really worthwhile,” said Christi Gignac.

“It means coming back every year and seeing the difference good teamwork makes,” Kate Cook said.

“To me, it means happy children. And I believe happy children create a happy world,” said Jae Kim.

“It means that my small effort seems to be helping kids who would otherwise have had a very different kind of summer,” Courtney Brady said.


About Garnet Hill

Renowned for superior quality, fine fibers, and original design, Garnet Hill has provided distinctive merchandise and services of the highest caliber for more than 35 years.
The company began as an importer of English flannel sheets and has grown into a distinguished brand and multichannel marketer, offering unique bedding, home furnishings, women’s apparel and children’s clothing online and in its catalogs. Garnet Hill searches the world for unique items and inspiration for its extensive line of exclusive products. For more information, visit For additional information, please contact 603.823.5545 or

About Copper Cannon

Fifty years ago, founder Hamilton Ford envisioned creating a place where children could enjoy the beauty of the White Mountains, regardless of financial status. Copper Cannon Camp’s mission provides camping experiences to children whose financial means do not afford them this opportunity. It is also one of the few nonprofit summer camp programs in the country that underwrite 100 percent of each camper’s tuition. For more information about Copper Cannon Camp, visit or contact the camp at 603.823.8107.

Thanks to all of our volunteers who showed up to make the first “Copper Cannon Campers Cleanup and Celebration” day, or “C5” such a success!

Despite the cold and overcast day, a good crowd of campers, parents, staff and volunteers came out to camp for an afternoon of projects, fun and re-living summer memories.

In the morning, the group tackled the always large-scale project of attempting to get the leaves at camp raked up and relocated. As a couple of snowflakes began to fall, the group took a well-deserved break to play some GaGa and then warm up by the fireplace in the dining hall.

Copper Cannon provided lunch for everyone to visit and refuel, and then it was off to start on some more afternoon projects. Several brave souls were willing to take on the task of continuing to rake leaves out in the cold, while others opted for warmer projects in the dining hall, such as making trail markers and working on newsletters and postcards.

Several of the kids helped load up the non-perishable food from the storage sheds into Grant’s truck to relocate it to humidity and temperature-controlled storage for the winter. And finally, those kids took part in what they found was the most exciting project of the day: readying the giant sand pit for winter sledding!

The cleanup day was a lot of fun for everyone involved but also made a big difference in improving and upkeeping camp for everyone.

In addition to the camper cleanup day this past Saturday, Copper Cannon would also like to thank the New Hampshire ELKS clubs for a successful cleanup day the previous Saturday, taking on projects such as clearing trees, fixing trenches and starting work on the new Ben’s Den bathroom! The combined efforts of these two cleanup days have made a significant impact on camp, which directly translates to a significant positive impact on the campers’ enjoyment and experience over the summer.

Stay tuned for another “C5” cleanup day coming in the spring! But even before then, keep an eye out for information on a Winter fun day at camp for all Copper Cannon campers and families. Camp looks entirely different in the winter but there is a ton of fun stuff to do: hikes in the snow, snow forts and of course sledding down some great hills to name a few!

Camp Address

Mailing: P.O. Box 124 Franconia, NH 03580 Physical: 231 Gale River Rd Bethlehem, NH 03574
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