One of our many fun traditions at GAC is our camp dance. On the Thursday before each two-week session ends (and the final evening of our one week sessions), all campers and staff attend a themed dance. Dances are a great way for us to celebrate the conclusion of a fun-filled session.
Excitement for the dance builds throughout the session, and we practice dancing regularly, including before our daily Morning Assembly and even at some meals.
On the day of the dance, as soon as dinner ends, campers head back to their cabins to get ready. They, and their counselors, put on their costumes as the excitement builds. Costumes and props are either brought from home or made at camp. Some people go bargain hunting at the thrift store or at after Halloween sales to find treasures that fit with their session’s dance theme. Counselors really get into finding ways to interpret the theme.
Once everyone is ready to go, campers and counselors head to the dining porch, which has been transformed by our Junior Counselors into a wonderland decorated to match the dance’s theme. After group pictures, it’s onto the dining porch to dance the night away. The DJ plays all of the favorites, from Footloose to the Dino Stomp, and campers participate in a high-energy evening of fun.
For those campers who are not as excited about dancing, there are games and crafts set up so that they can be part of the fun without having to cut a rug. Throughout the dance there are snacks and drinks, a photo backdrop to pose in front of, and lots of opportunities for fun.
We’re excited to announce our dance themes for 2017! We can’t wait to see what campers and staff come up with for costumes!
June Shaver Specialty Camp: Zoo-topia
We invite our June Specialty campers to embrace their wild side inside the Zoo. Do you want to come as a solitary sloth? Perhaps your whole cabin will be a family of meerkats. Maybe you want to be a zookeeper or veterinarian.
Session 1: Party in the USA
Session One campers are in camp for Independence Day! What better way to celebrate than decking out in our best red, white, and blue or patriotic-themed costumes?
Session 2: Enchantment Under the Sea
Session Two campers find themselves walking in the shoes of Marty McFly and Doc Brown as they attend the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance. Don’t like time travel? That’s great, because you could also embrace the belief that life is better down where it’s wetter, under the sea.
Session 3: Go Green
Going green is a great way to help save the planet. We embrace the concept of reduce, recycle, and reuse so much that we’re theming an entire dance around it. You can recycle a costume, come as a recyclable good, or you can just wear every item of green-colored clothing you can find!
Session 4: Under the Big Top
What will you be, a lion, a tiger, a bear, or an “oh my”? Perhaps you have a future as a ringmaster, or a bearded lady, or a star on the flying trapeze. If you’ve always dreamed of running away and joining the circus, all you have to do is come to the Under the Big Top dance at GAC this summer!
Mini-Camp and August Shaver Specialty: Halloween
It’s no tricks but all treats as Mini Campers and Shaver Specialty campers dress up in their best Halloween garb. Perhaps you’ll choose to come as a ghoul, a goblin, or a wicked witch? Maybe you’ll just come as a GAC-O-Lantern? Or, because it’s Halloween, you can dress up as anything you’d like!
We’re looking forward to another summer full of fun, friends, growth, and lots and lots of dancing!