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Schoolhouse Rocks 5K on May 20!

Come join GAC Runners and meet GAC staff and families on Sunday, May 20, for the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K in Menlo Park! This event supports Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview Schools and is hosted by the Menlo Park-Atherton Educational Foundation.

  • Fun Run/Walk & Timed 5k start at 9:00 am
  • GAC Runners Photo at 9:45 am
  • $30 Early Registration by May 2 ($40 Late Registration)
  • Benefits Menlo Park City School District Schools & MPAEF
  • Walkers & Strollers Welcome
  • Pre-Registration Packet Pick-up at Fleet Feet, Menlo Park

Register now at the Schoolhouse Rocks Race Website!
Learn more about the GAC Runners and request your race shirt.


Sierra Summers: The History of Gold Arrow Camp

Long-time staff member Chuck “Woody” Radke put together an amazing, coffee table quality book full of stories and photos from GAC’s 85-year history. This book makes a great gift for campers, staff, and alumni of camp.

From Manny Vezie through Sunshine and Monkey, this book covers it all! Get your copy of Sierra Summers: The History of Gold Arrow Camp. You’ll love reminiscing about GAC’s history!

Order your copy on Amazon!


Parent Educational Event (Online) May 4!

At Gold Arrow Camp, we strive to not only provide our campers with memorable, happy, and life-changing camp experiences during the summer, but also to provide resources to our camp families that enhance our campers’ lives year-round. Through On Target magazine, the Sunshine Parenting website, and our camp blog, we share educational resources that support raising thriving kids.

This spring, we have an exciting educational opportunity for camp parents. Through our affiliation with the Western Association of Independent Camps (WAIC), we are co-sponsoring an interview with Tina Payne Bryson about her new book, The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child

About The Yes Brain:
When facing contentious issues such as screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. This is what New York Times bestselling authors Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson call a No Brain response. But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. When kids work from a Yes Brain, they’re more willing to take chances and explore. They’re more curious and imaginative. They’re better at relationships and handling adversity. In The Yes Brain, the authors give parents skills, scripts, and activities to bring kids of all ages into the beneficial “yes” state. 

We hope you’ll join us at a special Facebook Live event called “The Yes Brain at Camp.” The live video interview will be on May 4 at 4:30 pm PT. You can access the event at Camp Director Audrey “Sunshine” Monke will be moderating the interview with Tina.

You’ll learn how camp staff incorporate the “yes brain” approach in working with campers to bring out their best behavior. You’ll also learn tips you can use at home!  

If you miss the live event, don’t worry! We’ll also share the video with you here on our website and in a future email newsletter to parents.


Purchase The Yes Brain 
Download a copy on Audible
Sunshine’s podcast interview with Tina here.



Mini Camp Is Coming!

Are you thinking about summer camp for your child this summer but they’re not quite ready for a two-week overnight camp experience?  Or, perhaps you’ve already scheduled other activities and only have a week to spare?  Maybe, your child is already coming to Gold Arrow Camp this summer and would love to squeeze in another week of friendship and fun?  Mini Camp is a great solution!  

From August 19-25, we offer a one-week Mini Camp program for ages 6-14.  Mini Camp is a wonderful opportunity for children to gain independence, experience adventure, and learn friendship skills! You can read more about those benefits and others in this blog post from one of our camp directors, Audrey “Sunshine” Monke.

We still have space available in Mini Camp! For more details, visit our Mini Camp page or simply click here to register.


GAC Runners Report: March

The GAC Runners had an active March. They participated in 2 southern California races, the Robinson Run and the Newport-Mesa Spirit Run. Both of these events support schools and we were thrilled to take part. 

A particular highlight was seeing some of our Session 3/4 Junior Counselors getting together at the Spirit Run. These four ladies couldn’t wait for August, so they got an early start on being JCs by getting together at the race! In this photo they’re showing off some of the swag you can get by coming to a race to see us. That’s right, we’ve got custom GAC running socks!

If you’re interested in the GAC Runners, you can find more information here


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