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February 20, 2014

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Support Copper Cannon Camp

To the editor:

In New Hampshire, there are many no-profits that do wonderful things for our local communities and the Granite State. One of those organizations is Copper Cannon Camp, a 501(C)3 located in the White Mountains. For 50 summers, Copper Cannon Camp has been providing a free summer camp experience to low-income youth from throughout the state. Last year alone, over 35 children from Salem and Derry attended Copper Cannon.

In 1963, Hamilton Ford decided it was time to give back for what he had received as a child and began Copper Cannon. At 10 years old, Ham and his family were invited to a two-week fresh air “family camp” in Minnesota. As Ham remembered, it was a time to experience three meals a day, a chance for mother to smile and through this, Ham was changed. He started bringing up children from orphanages to his ski lodge during the summer months. Over the years, the Copper Cannon program has served 20,000 youth.

Since 1969, Copper Cannon Camp has been the major project for the New Hampshire Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Elks lodges help recruit youth for the program, provide transportation to Copper Cannon and many help make certain a child has a sleeping bag or water bottle.

From its humble beginnings in the yard of Ham Ford’s ski lodge outside of Franconia, Copper Cannon has grown while still maintaining its original intention of providing low-income children with a free camp experience. It does this through the generosity of donors from throughout the state. Their 42nd annual auction is fast approaching on Saturday, March 1, at the Littleton Elks and I highly recommend supporting such a unique and wonderful cause.

If people would like to find out more about Copper Cannon Camp, their website is coppercannon.org.

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