In this teen program, campers age 13-15 can still enjoy all of the summer camp experiences they got as a kid but on a more mature level, designed specifically for teenagers. Ranger Week features a lot of the great activities that people associate with summer camp, such as archery, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, campfires, nature classes and so much more.
But there are also added surprises for Ranger Week that aren’t included in our traditional overnight program. The Mr. and Mrs. Copper Cannon Pageant is always unforgettable, and Rangers have the chance to get out and do some big-time hikes and see some big-time sights. Not to mention the fact that Rangers have a later lights out time than the younger weeks of camp! This week is a chance for the teens to relax and let go of the pressures they may experience at school.
What better way to enjoy camp and see the White Mountain National Forest than from the seat of a mountain bike? Our mountain bikers will learn useful skills during this teen program, including bike maintenance and trail navigation.
After mastering the basics, our teens will get a chance to go out on a variety of trails offered in the Franconia Notch region. Depending on the skill level of the participants, our mountain bikers could bike for an average of 10-15 miles over the course of the week!
No previous mountain biking experience is required for the Mountain Biking Adventure. However, we recommend that participants at least have an interest and a desire to learn and get better at mountain biking. Plenty of time will be spent learning about the bikes and riding on the trails, and a good attitude is essential. You also do not need a bike; Copper Cannon Camp will supply the mountain bikes for the program.
Participants should be in good physical shape to enroll in this program. Above all, a good attitude and a willingness for adventure is absolutely essential for this program. There might be bugs, mud, biking in the rain, storms, uncomfortable nights in rough wilderness, etc. But, the experience and friendships that are formed are well worth it.
Attention Parents! Do not “surprise” your kids by signing them up for the MBA programs without letting them know about it first.
RHA Backpacking is for our campers that can’t get enough of hiking. Campers will start the week out learning outdoor skills such as fire building and navigating with a compass. The first couple of days, they will have the opportunities to check out some of the best day hikes in the White Mountain area. They will get to see mountains, waterfalls, lakes and more. Then, our teens will hit the trails for a multi-day backpacking trip through the national forest.
The RHA programs involves camping out in the woods each night (mostly at camp) and several days of extensive hiking. No previous backpacking experience for this session is required, but a good attitude and a willingness for exploration and ‘roughing it’ are absolutely essential.
Participants will be carrying everything they need in a backpack so they should be in good physical shape to enroll in this program. Above all, a good attitude and a willingness for adventure is absolutely essential for these teen programs. There might be bugs, mud, hiking in the rain, storms, uncomfortable nights in rough wilderness, etc. But, the experience and friendships that are formed are absolutely well worth it.
Attention Parents! Do not “surprise” your kids by signing them up for the RHA programs without letting them know about it first.
Our Last Chance Camp program is a great opportunity for our older campers who aren’t quite ready to say good-bye to Copper Cannon Camp quite yet. This week coincides with our traditional residential summer camp for ages 9 to 12. Because of this, our last chance campers are able to take on a leadership role while still having all the fun they had when they were younger.
As a last chance camper, our youth get to camp out at Ranger Outpost all week. In addition, they will get to experience a full day of mountain biking, a full day of canoeing and a full day of hiking. They will also get to participate in the regular Copper Cannon activities such as skunk, team building exercises, Gaga, arts and crafts and so much more.
Our teen leadership retreats are a chance for our teenage campers to reconnect with their camp friends and to develop leadership skills. Our retreats take place in the off-seasons (fall, winter and spring). The weekend retreat includes a series of workshops and team-building exercises.
Activities vary depending on which season the retreat takes place. Our youth might get to jump into a pile of leaves during the fall retreat. During the winter retreat, they might do a bit of sledding in the Sand Pit. The spring retreat might involve planning out the garden.