When the last buses roll out of camp in August and the friendship-bracelet-filled arms wave goodbye, Canyon Creek campers and counselors all know that they don’t have to wait an entire school year to come back to The Creek. Ever since Canyon Creek began twenty years ago, we have enjoyed bringing campers “Back to Camp” in the Winter when the weather may be a little colder, but the energy is just as hot! Our Back-to-Camp weekend, held over Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend (January 18-20, 2020) is one of our most loved camp traditions as it brings old camp friends back together and is an excellent way for new campers to get a taste of what Canyon Creek is all about.
Campers get a break from homework as they take turns around the mini-bike track, drive around the go-kart track, swing on the ropes-course, fly across our zip-line, jump and zoom at the skatepark, run around the fields, shoot some hoops at the basketball courts, get some bullseyes at the archery range, catch some fish at the pond, show their creativity in our art room, sing their hearts out at our campfires, and roast some yummy s’mores! The only thing our winter campers don’t get that our summer campers do are water activities. But,what winter would be complete without SNOW?!?! Canyon Creek ships in tons of the white fluffy stuff for sledding, snowman-building, and snowball making! Sometimes mother nature even cooperates with us and adds a little bit of real snow of her own!
What good is snow though if you don’t have anyone to throw snowballs at? And s’mores taste a whole lot yummier when you have a buddy to roast them with. One of the best parts about Back-to-Camp is that it is a smaller camp setting than the traditional summer camp session so new campers get the opportunity to experience camp for the first time without being too overwhelmed. And, returning campers get to reconnect with their friends and favorite counselors while getting the privilege of showing our new campers just what makes Canyon Creek so special –the virtues of family and respect that have been the cornerstones of camp since day one.
Whether a camper comes to Back-to-Camp to reconnect with a bunch of summer friends, or is coming to make new friends and memories, one thing is certain –they will spend the weekend being active,trying new things, enjoying intense belly-laughs, meeting new people, partaking in spontaneous dance parties, being creative, not touching a single piece of technology, and drinking lots and lots of yummy hot chocolate!