50 Things I Learned from Coppercreek Camp by Phoebe Larkins:


Being a camper at Coppercreek for almost eight years, you learn a few things. Here are some very important things you will learn at camp:

  1. Nature isn’t THAT scary
  2. Goldfish is, hands down, the best snack
  3. Playing all day = a great night’s sleep
  4. You don’t need TV and the Internet to have fun
  5. You get used to the permanent horse smell
  6. Dirt can make its way almost ANYWHERE
  7. The pool is a great excuse to skip a shower
  8. Your favorite counselors will be there for you no matter what
  9. Cereal is always a big hit
  10. The five minute hike to your cabin’s outpost spot will feel like an eternity
  12. Greenville seems like the Big Apple when you leave to do out of camp activities
  13. It’s a great feeling when you get back to camp after being at the lake all day
  15. The goats (surprisingly) don’t like being fed dead pine needles
  16. We’re always running out of glitter
  17. You’ll lose count of all the shooting stars you will see
  19. Trying to pile 5 people on a paddle board is physically impossible (so why do we continue to try?!?!?)
  20. Cookie baking is one of the most crowded activities, get there fast!
  21. Pure happiness is the feeling you get when you see your best friends after a year of being away from them
  22. Soccer on the field is intense
  23. Dirt tan lines aren’t forever
  24. Craig’s BBQ is better than anything
  25. It’s completely acceptable to see everyone when you’ve just woken up and haven’t brushed your teeth yet.
  26. Rest hour naps are a necessity
  27. Don’t be afraid of going to see the nurse if you need to!
  28. Becky is like your camp mom
  29. Homesickness doesn’t last long at Coppercreek
  30. You never forget your favorite camp people
  31. Camp food tastes GREAT.
  32. Put on sunscreen everyday!
  33. When it says volleyball on the schedule, it means volleyball. Not nameball.
  34. Four happy thoughts will stick with you all year
  35. Reaching the bell at the climbing wall is an awesome accomplishment
  36. If you keep your eyes peeled you may see deer on the soccer field
  37. The Big Fun Game is actually big and fun.
  38. When you get home from camp, you will find yourself waking up at 7:30 and going to bed at 9 on a regular basis
  39. Thinking is overrated.
  40. Shampoo is actually not necessary
  41. Tie dye day is the best day
  42. Capture the flag feels like an actual war zone
  43. You can use dirt as makeup if you try hard enough
  44. The pool is a great place for a polar plunge
  45. Opening a package at camp is like opening presents on Christmas morning
  46. It can be freezing when you wake up and blazing hot an hour later
  47. The sunset at Vespers is absolutely gorgeous *spirit fingers*
  48. You will need a pedicure after camp
  49. Friday night is party night!
  50. Coppercreek Camp is a place for making new friendships, creating memories, learning life skills, forging new paths in life as you know it, and most importantly having fun.
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