Some 100 Garnet Hill employees fanned out across the grounds of the Copper Cannon Camp Tuesday morning, June 10, for the company’s 6th Annual Community Service Day. Since its inception in 1963, the camp has served more than 20,000 children in New Hampshire with a week of free summer camp. 2013 was its 50th anniversary.
The event gave Garnet Hill employees an experience that could be described much like that of the campers who will soon arrive: fun, educational and memorable.
Claire Spofford became Garnet Hill’s president earlier this year.
This is my first trip to Copper Cannon,” she said, “and what an honor for our team to spend a day readying the camp for the kids’ arrival. I saw our employees’ customary teamwork being applied in new ways — learning to build picnic tables, clearing brush, cleaning cabins, painting murals. Copper Cannon welcomes hundreds of kids who might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience summer camp, and we are delighted to play a role in its success.”
Between hammering and sawing, Garnet Hill employees reflected on the experience.
The difference we can make together in a day is amazing, and to know that our hard work will help campers for years to come is such a great feeling.” — Megan A.
“Volunteering to prepare Copper Cannon Camp is really a wonderful and fun experience. We have the opportunity to work outside in the woods in a beautiful environment with a mountain view. It’s a day in which we do a wide range of projects. We build things like tent platforms and cabins, and there are all sorts of repair projects. Together, we clear trails, wash windows, prepare gardens, and paint signs while watching with excitement as all the projects come to completion at the end of the day. It’s a chance to share our skills with our community so that the kids of New Hampshire have an opportunity to play and roam in this safe and protected environment. And it’s nice knowing that we all helped to make it that way.” — Ellie B.
“You can take the kid out of camp but you can’t take the camp out of the kid! I know firsthand the special and lasting memories that come from being a camper. It is an honor to help keep Copper Cannon a place for young kids to come and experience fellowship in the beautiful White Mountains. Everyone at Garnet Hill looks forward to this day!” — Amy L.
About Copper Cannon
Fifty-one 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 coppercannon.org.