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A Magical Week

We’ve had the pleasure of having Dan “Magic Man” Chan and his wife, Kat “Twist” Chan, who specializes in balloons, here at camp this week. While their children Grace and James have enjoyed being Mini Campers, Magic Man and Twist have been sharing their magic and helping all around camp. 

Campers enjoyed mini magic shows throughout the week at Morning Assembly, Bingo Nights, and Big Campfire. “Magic Man” taught juggling and the diablo at free times, walked around to campfires to do up close magic (“I like stopping by the campfires and getting every one to freak out!”), and spent Wednesday at Shaver Island with the campers there. In addition to the magic, the Chans have helped out at sailing, in the kitchen, and in the camp store. They are truly versatile and a fun addition to the camp community!

Son James dazzled at Big Campfire juggling five balls! James also juggles fire, but (thoughtfully) stuck with bean bags here at GAC.

Daughter Grace got in on the magic with a number trick!

Dan is a professional magician who learned magic from conventions, DVDs, and books. Back in 1997, before he became a magician, Dan was a counselor here at GAC who worked at archery and the sailing dock. His camp name then, prior to his magic years, was “Dolphin.”

When asked why he keeps coming back to GAC, Dan replied, “It’s like a second family, and I can’t stay away from the waterfront.”

Dan appreciates the mentors he had in his life and wants to pass that legacy on to the next generation. Two of Dan’s mentors include Richie, from the YMCA Big Bear, who taught Dan to love boating and sailing, and Monica, his Waterfront Safety Instructor at UC Riverside.

Dan wants to be a mentor to others and help them learn to love new things – like sailing, juggling, and magic! Says Dan, “Teaching skills and getting kids to be self reliant are what I want to teach kids.”


Last Full Day of Camp

Today is the last full day of camp for our Mini and Specialty Camp campers! It’s also the final full day of camp for the summer of 2018. We’ve had such a fun summer talking about friendship and have had a blast dancing, having fun together, and growing our social and recreational skills!

All campers are participating in activities this morning and will pack up and shower this afternoon. Shaver campers are getting picked up from Shaver at noon and will be back at Main Camp for lunch. We will end camp this evening with our Banquet followed by our Mythical Creatures Dance and our final Appreciation Campfire of the summer. We will recognize nine campers who will be receiving their three year banners and one camper who’s receiving his Five Year Blanket. 

Below is a reminder of pick up times for tomorrow (Saturday). Bus arrival times will vary depending on traffic.  If you want to be sure to be there when the bus arrives, plan on being at the stop at the beginning time noted below. If possible, we will send a text message alerting you to any early or late arrivals. 

Pick up at camp: Between 8:30 and 10:00am
Pick up at Fresno Airport: 10:00am
Dublin Bus:  Arrives between 12:00 and 1:00pm
San Francisco Bus: Arrives between 1:15 and 2:15pm
Santa Clarita Bus: Arrives between 1:00 and 2:00pm
Los Angeles Bus: Arrives between 2:00 and 3:00pm
Irvine Bus: Arrives between 2:30 and 3:30pm
San Diego/Cardiff Bus: Arrives between 3:00 and 4:30pm

Thank you for sharing your children with us this summer!


Will-O Trip, Session 4

Here are a couple of fun videos from our final Will-O Sailing Trip of 2018!


Mini Camp Arrival Video!


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