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 in anticipation of the fun night to come. 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 is 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, our photobooth, and lots of opportunities for fun.
We’re excited to announce our dance themes for 2018! We can’t wait to see what campers and staff come up with for costumes!
June Shaver Specialty – The Island Life
When our June Specialty campers come back from Shaver Island, we’ll celebrate their week of fun in the sun with an island-themed dance. Whether you want to wear a grass skirt or find an outrageous Hawaiian shirt, you’ll have a blast living the island life.
Session 1 – Feeling Alive For ’85
We’ll be celebrating our 85th summer of friends and fun with a dance that is centered around the number 85. Perhaps you’ll dress as an 85-year-old. Maybe you’ll embrace 1985 and find some leg warmers to go with your neon shirt. Side ponytails and mullets are optional for this dance!
Session 2 – What I Want To Be When I Grow Up
For Session 2, we’re looking into the future and dressing up as what we want to be. Whatever occupation you have your eyes set on, this is your chance to dress for the job you want. We look forward to seeing who Monkey dresses up as!
Session 3 – Lumberjack Dance
What better way to celebrate the conclusion of two weeks in the woods than with a lumberjack dance?! Will you wear plaid flannel and “grow” a beard? Maybe you’ll come to the dance as Paul Bunyan or Babe the Blue Ox!
Session 4 – GACademy Awards
We’re rolling out the red carpet for our Session 4 dance. It’s the GACademy awards! (Get it? The GAC Academy awards!) No matter if you dress as your favorite actor, movie character, or Hollywood icon, our photographers will be there, so make sure they get your good side!
Mini Camp & August Specialty – Mythical Creatures
As Mini Camp and August Specialty Camp wind down, we’ll be searching on the dining porch for the many creatures from fantasy and literature that are sure to arrive for the dance. Will you come as an elf, a dwarf, a dragon, or some other creature?