We have more than 20 non-competitive, outdoor recreational activities we participate in at Gold Arrow Camp. These include waterfront activities, traditional camp activities, and our outdoor and challenge course activities! To watch our activities in action, click on the videos below.
Wilderness & Challenge Adventures
There are over 20 exciting activities in which to participate at Gold Arrow Camp. Campers most often participate in activities as a group with the other campers in their cabin. These shared experiences create a framework for the group to bond, strengthen friendships, and create memories. For most days during a two-week session, each cabin group is scheduled for a variety of activities in the morning and afternoon. This ensures that campers will try most of the activities while at camp, even if they are a little unsure or nervous about a particular one. Campers are never forced to try an activity, but are required to attend and strongly encouraged to participate. There are certain activities, such as mountain biking and canyoneering, in which only our oldest campers participate.
There is an opportunity for campers to choose to go to an activity independent of their cabin groups during the evening period known as “Free Time.” This is a great opportunity for campers to return to activities that were especially interesting during the scheduled cabin activity period. During Free Time, campers often choose activities like archery, riflery, horses, or sailing to work on individual achievement awards in those areas. There are also other activities periodically scheduled during Free Time that are not usually offered any other time and include: crochet, guitar, yoga, photojournalism, outdoor cooking, the giant swing, and others. The oldest campers also have more opportunities to select the activities in their schedule during the second week of camp. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding on Huntington Lake are an option every Free Time period, as well as most early mornings, before breakfast.
Our youngest campers, the Bears (grades approximately 1-3), take an overnight hiking trip out of camp. The hike is approximately one mile and packs and sleeping bags are delivered to the camp site for a low-key introduction to backpacking.
Our “middle-aged” campers, the Tigers (approximate grades 4-5), experience a real overnight trip, complete with backpacks, and walk approximately 3-6 miles to sites such as Twin Lakes, Nellie Lake, and Indian Falls. Campers are taught “leave no trace” principles and respect for the environment while learning how to prepare and store food, and survive in the wilderness. Groups are always able to communicate with camp through use of emergency cellular or satellite telephones.
The oldest campers, Lions (approximate grades 6-7) and Eagles (grades 8-9), have the opportunity to sign up for an optional 1 night backpacking trip, usually in the John Muir Wilderness. Older teens also enjoy a long backpacking trip on our Outdoor Leadership Course.
Campers attending a one-week (Mini Camp) program are scheduled for a select sampling of the activities. There is not enough time in one week to try all the activities, but there are activities for which one-week campers will be scheduled, such as: water-skiing or kneeboarding, archery, riflery, rock climbing or climbing wall, sailing, and horseback riding. Each day there is an evening “Free Time” period in which campers can choose an activity that might not fit into the schedule otherwise.
The programs in which children are selected to participate are subject to change based on the directors’ discretion.