Copper Hills Sams


Dean Grauvogel
Reno, NV
Located in the Yerington, NV Area. The Copper Hills Sams members are from the Reno/Sparks area. We camp once a month from April through October. Some members go together for other camping trips in winter and on long weekends. From Nov-Feb we meet on Sat for lunch. We camp in State parks, County parks, commercial RV camp grounds, National Forests, BLM land and on occasion, private land, even sharing a pasture with lambs.

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2017 Outings/Meetings


Our October 2017 outing was at Weed Heights. The activities included a craft project making candle holders from wine glasses, a goofy hat competition, washer throwing, games and of course FOOD. It was a very enjoyable weekend with lots of comradery. Our outings always include a little something in which everyone every one can participate.


2013: Copper Hills Sams’ Year in Review. Prepared by Mary Nagel Dec. 14, 2013


Camping at the RV park in Cromberg was a first-time experience for our chapter that featured an All-American picnic with hamburgers barbequed by the hosts. We also finalized our decision to contribute money to both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to help send
children to camp. We later received a nice thank you letter with drawings from the girl who attended Girl Scout Camp.


Camp was set up among the tall pines in Hope Valley; the crafters created glass-tiled bottles; and the Thurs. night happy hour was held. It was a good start to a campout that was to feature hobo stew with ingredients provided by everyone; but, sadly, the campout ended on Fri. morning as smoke from the Yosemite fire became intolerable.


The fall Samboree in Winnemucca found us once more pretending to be dancers—or marchers. Chapter President Gary and his wife Pam choreographed an amazing performance to music from the March of the Cards. After two evening rehearsals, we bravely donned giant cards with coordinating hats that were cleverly made by Karen. All our hard work was rewarded when we again won First Place in the group category for the theme parade. We also participated in the Halloween Carnival with our wonderful wheel. In addition to winning tickets for the main drawing, spinners could also win a hand-crafted wooden napkin holder made by Randy and Mike.

There were so many activities, and our Chapter members participated in all of them. With such spirit and camaraderie, it was fitting that we were awarded the coveted Spirit Flag on the last night of the Samboree. Hip, hip, hooray for Copper Hills Sams! The following week, members participated in the annual multi-chapter campout held at the Scout Camp at Ft. Churchill and featured campfire cooking and an auction to benefit the park.


With a harvest lunch and lots of games and crafting, our last campout of the year at Weed Heights was enjoyed by all.


Lunch and meeting Carson City at the Jade Palace. New officers were elected.


Our annual Christmas party featured a buffet Mexican lunch, a heaping dessert table, and gift exchange at Franciscos in Minden.