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Counselors Arrive At Camp!
For our counselors, camp starts today! They will arrive from around the world by bus, train, airplane and car to reconnect with nature, form new friendships, and learn all about camp. These 150 young women and men are excited to be at camp and to learn how to be the best counselors in the world.
For new and returning counselors, today is designed to feel like the first day of camp. Support staff will greet them just like counselors will greet campers to begin each session; cheering them on as they came down the road into camp. There will be tours of camp, settling in at the cabin, dinner, and of course the call to the Chipmunk. After an orientation, counselors head back to their cabins for first-night campfires.
Over the next 11 days, they’ll receive intensive training about camp and campers. They’ll participate in group discussions, role playing scenarios, and program training on a wide variety of important topics. . By the beginning of camp, they’ll be ready to welcome their campers to camp, just like the support staff welcomed them on their arrival today.
Our camp packing list has always included a wetsuit as an optional item. Even with colder water, when campers have brought wetsuits in the past, they have mostly gone unused, so many of our returning campers have not packed wetsuits in recent years.
Normal water temperatures are in the mid to low 70s for Huntington Lake and upper 70s for Shaver Lake. With a historic snowpack (and snowmelt) this year, we anticipate water temperatures being cooler than usual throughout the summer — most likely in the 60s.
While most campers are comfortable with short periods in the cool water (for a quick dip while kayaking or a jump off the pontoon boat), and it often feels refreshing on an 80 degree day, we are recommending that campers use wetsuits for activities like knee boarding and water skiing, when they will be in the water for longer periods of time.
We have a full set of different size wetsuits for campers to use, but to ensure a good, close fit, we suggest having your camper bring one, especially if you already have one that fits him/her well. A short-sleeve and short-leg wetsuit, called a “shorty,” is sufficient, but if your camper already has a full body wetsuit for use in other sports (surfing, scuba diving), those also work well.
Leadership Staff Arrives!
Today marks the beginning of summer for our counseling staff as our leadership team arrived to begin their week of supervision training and program preparation. Our leadership team hails from around the globe, and combined they have 200 combined summers at Gold Arrow Camp!
This week our program heads, head counselors and directors will work together to make sure that they are ready to lead our outstanding group of counselors to create wonderful camp experiences for our campers this summer.
GAC Runners Report: Schoolhouse Rocks 5K
The GAC runners, led by GAC staff members Grizzly, Rugger, and Delta, participated in the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K in Menlo Park on Sunday, May 22. They had a great time running to support the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation.
If you’d like more information about GAC runners, click here.
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