FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN OPERATING?
John Lindskog and Lynne Evarts built camp from the ground up beginning in 1965. We have been continuously operating ever since. John and Lynne’s daughter, Lauren Allen, and her partners, Craig and Becky Hogland now own and direct Coppercreek.
WHAT IS YOUR COUNSELOR TO CAMPER RATIO?
A true 3 to 1, we have around 34 counseling and supervisory staff spending their days working directly with the campers. In addition, there is an RN on site, 15 kitchen and maintenance staff, 4 directors, and an administrative assistant.
MAY I CHOOSE MY OWN ACTIVITIES?
Yes, in our Traditional Camp, campers sign up ahead of time for special activities and trips out of camp, and have free choice in their activities when they are in camp.
HOW DO YOU SELECT YOUR COUNSELORS?
Prospective counselors come to us from many sources: college career centers, the Internet, friends of staff or parents, former counselors in training and the J-Visa program for international staff. Nearly all are over 21, and our average age is 24. Many of our staff are graduate students majoring in child development, education and professional advanced degrees. We also have a core returning staff working with children year round in classrooms, after school programs and on ski slopes. We believe young people respond to good role models who display the highest values and integrity. Each counselor is carefully screened and selected for maturity, exceptional leadership skills, enthusiasm, and a sincere interest in young people. We finger print, check references, review college credentials and interview.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS SICK OR INJURED?
We have an RN on site and an urgent care clinic just 3 miles from camp. We also have ALS ambulances with paramedics and 3 air ambulance companies that serve our area just 3 minutes away from camp.
MAY I CALL MY CHILD?
Maybe! We have only two phone lines, so campers don't have access to call home at will. Parents are encouraged to call us to discuss any questions, concerns or just to get a "welfare check". There may be times when it will be appropriate for you and your child to speak. Please just call us first. You may fax and e-mail your camper and your camper may fax you in return.
WHAT IF MY CHILD BECOMES HOMESICK?
We don't have any problems with homesickness at Coppercreek. That is because we don't believe that missing home is a sickness. Missing home is a perfectly normal part of growing up. For some adults, it is just part of being human. It's not a sickness. It's just missing home. So, we don't deal with homesickness; we deal with missing home. We help our campers to face and understand how they feel. We tell them that it's a very natural feeling, and that it's OK. Most of the time, they come out of it. Once in a great while, a camper will really have a problem with it. If, after 24 hours, the camper is still missing home and not able to participate in camp activities because of it, we will call you and together decide what to do.
Our strongest recommendation is that you DO NOT TELL YOUR CAMPER, PRIOR TO COMING TO CAMP, THAT IF HE OR SHE IS NOT HAPPY, THEY MAY COME HOME. Having an "out" often sets a camper up to fail. If things are not going well, they will focus on the "out" you have given them, rather than working with you and us to find a way to success.
MAY I HAVE REFERENCES?
WHEN SHOULD I PLAN ON ENROLLING?
Enrollment is open at any time, however, many of our programs and sessions close early in our enrollment season. Please contact us for up to the minute information.
MAY I VISIT CAMP BEFORE ENROLLING?
Absolutely, but you may want to put a deposit down to hold a place. We will be full by early spring, and some sessions and programs will fill in the fall.
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOESN'T WANT TO DO AN ACTIVITY?
That's fine! It is our rule that campers always need to be participating in a supervised activity, but we don't dictate what that activity is. We offer a range of activities each hour, from mountain biking, to golf, to crafts, to nature, to tumbling, and campers can choose the activity that interests them the most. If you have specific activities you really want your camper to try, just tell us upon enrollment and we will gently nudge them in that direction.
WHAT KIND OF FACILITIES DO YOU HAVE?
We are located on 200 acres of private land, surrounded by 1000 acres of private and National Forest with miles of trails for riding, biking, hiking and playing. Our sleeping cabins are comfortable and rustic, sleeping 6 to 7 campers and a counselor in bunk beds. We eat on a huge covered deck attached to our commercial kitchen, staff lounge and program office. There are two shower houses with shower and toilet facilities for both sexes. We also have a laundry facility where the camper and staff clothing is washed. Campers can expect to have their laundry done once a week. We have three riding rings, an eight stall barn, numerous paddocks, a tack house, two meadows, a creek, several ponds, a swimming pool, a high challenge course with 10 elements and 2 zip lines, a low ropes course, climbing wall and bike house. We also have an archery, and riflery range, sling shot alley, a driving range, a putting green and a very popular nature pavilion near one of our ponds which is home to fish, frogs and lots of campers.