The mission of Copper Cannon Camp is to enrich the lives of underserved youth of New Hampshir by providing a quliaty tuition-free camp expereince.
At 10 years old, Hamilton Ford and his family were invited to a two week fresh air "family camp" in Minnesota. As Ham remembered, it was a time to experience 3 meals a day, a chance for his mother to smile and through this, he was changed. In 1963, Ham decided it was time to give back for what he had received as a child and began Copper Cannon Camp. He started bringing children from orphanages to his ski lodge during the summer months. From its humble beginnings in the yard of Ham Ford's ski lodge, Copper Cannon has grown while still maintaining its original intention of providing low-income children with a free camp experience. Throughout the camp's forty-five year history, the board of trustees has upheld this mission while also improving the camp's facilities and programming. Copper Cannon Camp served over 400 low-income New Hampshire youth with a free camp experience last summer. It has begun family programs providing weekend respite for low income families.