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Notice: Our State Association Convention, scheduled for May 14, 15,16, 17 has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus Pandemic.


State Major Project - Copper Cannon Camp Suspends Season

Dear Fellow Elks,

The safety of our campers and staff is and always has been, Copper Cannon Camp’s number one priority. Unfortunately, with so many unknowns due to the Covid19 virus, Copper Cannon will be closing our overnight summer camp for 2020. We know this is hard on everybody and we will get through this together.

The decision to close camp has not been taken lightly. We have waited as long as possible before making that choice. Almost daily, our staff have participated in Zoom meetings, town halls, reviewing guidelines from the American Camping Association and CDC as well as having conversations with other camp directors. It is a decision which saddens us, but one that we will get through and similar to low ropes at camp, we will persevere becoming stronger.

We will miss our opening night campfires, the skits during River Box Theater. Friday nights will not be the same without a meadow full of campers and staff as I listen to their joy and laughter flipping burgers over the grill. The pond will be waiting for those brave enough enjoying our Polar Plunge before breakfast or jumping for a ball from the dock. The singing carabineer is still being passed around and will return with a vengeance next summer! GaGa and Bombardment will still be here when we return. 2021 will be the best summer yet.

The hardest part for me is knowing for some of these children, this is the one bright spot of their lives and we will not be there for them. How can I tell a child you need to stay 6 feet from me and I cannot give you a handshake, a pat on the back or that all important hug?

Stay safe.


Peter Christnacht Executive Director


Jim Culpon, PER, PDD, State President 2019-2020. Jim is a member of the Laconia, NH Elks #876


State Major Project - Copper Cannon Camp in Franconia, NH - The camp continues to improve in many areas. Camp Counselors pose for a picture inside the new Dining Facility. This was a major undertaking for the camp and the dream has been realized! The campers are truly enjoying this new building!


Michael F. Zellen, PGER, Grand Lodge Sponsor for the State of New Hampshire.


New Hampshire Special Deputy - Robert Jones from the Keene, NH Elks Lodge #927


L to R: Then State Elks President Gina Lincoln from the Plymouth, NH Elks #2312 poses for a picture with PSP,PDD Lisa Collins of the Franklin, NH Elks Lodge #1280 who is a Grand Lodge Committee Member of the Elks Public Relations Committee. Lisa is in charge of Area 1, which is all of New England and New York State. Pictured with Lisa is her father Skip Collins,PER,PDD from the Franklin, NH Elks Lodge #1280.


Jerry Skidds, DD South 20-21. Jerry is from the Rochester, NH Elks #1393


Scott Merrihew, DD North 20-21. Scott is from the Lebanon, NH Elks #2099


Future Grand Lodge Convention Sites

Year Dates Location

2021 July 4 - 7 Tampa, FL

2022 July 3 - July 6 Atlanta, GA


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