On February 1st, we join camps around the country in celebrating “I Heart Camp Day.” This is a great opportunity for people who love camp to share that love on social media.
How does this holiday work? It’s simple! Just print out the picture below (or draw your own!) and take a picture of you holding it. Post that picture to social media, and caption it with the reason you love camp. Tag us (@goldarrowcamp) and hashtag #IHeartCamp and we’ll share our favorites.
We’re looking forward to seeing all of the reasons you heart camp!
Read some of the reasons Sunshine loves camp here.
Come Celebrate 85 Years of GAC
This year we celebrate our 85th summer of friendship and fun! To commemorate that anniversary, we’re finishing the summer with our popular Family Camp and Reunion Weekend from August 25th through the 27th. Check out all of the specific details and register on our family camp and reunion webpage.
Our Family Camp and Reunion Weekend is a great opportunity for parents to experience some of the activities that their campers come home raving about. Perhaps you remember your camp days warmly and want to reconnect with your camp friends?
This opportunity only comes around every five years at GAC, so join us for this unique opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the “real” world and come back to the shores of Huntington Lake. We still have space available, and we’d love it if you could join us. We’ll save a marshmallow for you!
Join Us For the 35th Annual Spirit Run!
GAC Runners will be participating again this year in the 35th annual Newport-Mesa Spirit Run on March 18th. This is a great event which helps to support Newport-Mesa Schools. There are events of all lengths and types, and for all ages.
If you’d like to join us in participating in this event, check out the race website for registration information. Go to the GAC Runners page to find more information about upcoming races, request your GAC Runners shirt and to find out more about being a part of our “team” of campers, staff members, parents, and alumni who run for fun and fitness.
New GAC Socks Are Here!
One of our core values is a belief in living healthy. As a part of that value, we have created the GAC Runners. We are always thrilled to meet with camp families at GAC Runners events. Any campers, parents and staff who join us at a running event get a pair of our newly updated GAC socks!
The socks are a mid-calf black sock, complete with a forest camping scene. They are the perfect way to represent your favorite summer camp or to remind you of those fun nights around the campfire! We’ll be in Newport Beach for the Spirit Run on March 18! Join us to walk or run and get your socks!
Donate to the Vezie Fund and Give the Gift of Camp
My time at GAC has changed me in ways I never could have expected. I have grown into a completely different and happier person because of my time spent at Gold Arrow. I have become so much more confident in myself and have learned to always be true to what I believe in. I have also learned how to make genuine connections and have face-to-face conversations with people I have never met before. I’m so much more easy-going and positive because of my time at camp. GAC has taught me how to be the best version of myself everyday.
-Sydney, Graduating Camper 2017
Camp experiences can have a profoundly positive impact on children’s lives. For the past ten years, Gold Arrow Camp has partnered with the Max and Marion Caldwell Foundation to offer camp scholarships to deserving families through the Manny Vezie Fund.
Each year, the Caldwell Foundation awards “camperships” to children attending Gold Arrow Camp, Kennolyn Camps, Camp Krem, Camp Harmon, and Via West. Through the generosity of the Gold Arrow Camp community, seven children were provided financial assistance to attend camp last summer.
In this season of giving, would you consider giving the gift of camp to a deserving child? There is no donation too large or too small.
Every $1200 the Vezie Fund raises covers one week of camp for a scholarship recipient who would otherwise not be able to attend camp.
Your tax-deductible donation of any amount to the Manny Vezie Fund will help a child have a life-changing camp experience.
You can make your donation by clicking here.
Or, if you prefer to send your donation by mail, please make your check payable to the “MMCF” and send it to the Caldwell Foundation, PO Box 1653, Capitola, CA 95010 (please put “Manny Vezie Fund” in the memo on your check).
You will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation with the Foundation’s tax I.D. number.
Your donation will both honor Manny Vezie’s legacy and help positively impact the life of a child.
“I do not profess to be anything more than what I really am: a very simple camp director interested in kids finding themselves.” – Manny Vezie – 1977
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