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Backpacking at Kids Summer Camp
Backpacking at Kids Summer Camp

Backpacking at Kids Summer Camp
For campers who are going into the 6th through 10th grades (due to limited space, preference is given to our oldest campers), we offer 3 day-2 night backpacking trips to several beautiful local lakes. These trips, which range in distance from 2 to 10+ miles give campers a chance to learn the basics of low impact camping, as well as explore the wonders of the backcountry. Campers hike, swim in alpine lakes, and remove their watches in order to learn to appreciate their body's natural rhythms. Campers carry their own as well as some of the group's gear in backpacks provided by camp. A staff member who is certified in Wilderness First Aid accompanies every backpacking trip.
Sleeping under the stars is something that all campers have the chance to experience during their stay at Coppercreek. For those campers who don't get the opportunity to backpack, the first Wednesday of each session is outpost night. All of the campers get to hike out to the creek on our "Back 40" acres, roast hot dogs and marshmallows on an open fire and camp out for the night. Campers go out as cabin groups and staff plan special "cabin bonding" activities. The traditional watermelon hunt and creek stomp start this magical evening that usually ends with s'mores around the campfire.
The Thin Air Patrol Climbing Program and the Mountain Biking program each offer an activity specific overnight as a reward for the extra commitment to learning the skills that these programs require.
All campers can also participate in our day trip outings. We climb Lassen Peak, day hike into Bumpass Hell (the sulphur works in Lassen National Park), fish on the Feather River, canoe at a local lake, and rock climb at several local climbing areas.
Backpacking is also an integral part of our TREK programs for teenagers. For more information on TREK, please see our TREK or Junior TREK pages.
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