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GAC Party 2018!

We’re headed back to southern California for our annual GAC Party! That’s right, we’ll be at The Mark for Events (9320 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035) on Sunday, April 29th from 3-6 PM. 

The first hour (from 3 until 4 PM) will be an opportunity for families of first year campers to have a new camper orientation as well as a chance to meet camp directors and ask questions. Starting at 4 PM, we invite returning families to join us for the fun of getting to see familiar faces, play some carnival games, and enjoy our photo booth!

We’ll provide dinner, drinks, dessert, and fun! All you need to do is bring yourself and be ready for fun!

Please RSVP at this link.

 


Lip Balm Contest 2018!

Once again, we here at GACHQ (Gold Arrow Camp Headquarters) are asking for your help. It’s time to pick lip balm flavors for this summer! If you have a great idea for a lip balm flavor, just email it to us at mail@goldarrowcamp.com by April 20th. We’ll carefully consider all of the submissions and reveal our newest flavor before summer begins.

But wait, there’s more! This year, we’re also going to bring back our most popular lip balm flavor from the past. That’s right, we’re going to have a contest to determine the best Throw Back Lip Balm (#TBLB), so keep an eye on our social media accounts (Facebook & Instagram, especially) for details on how and when to vote. 

 


GAC Designed Photobooths Invade Other Camps

The GAC photobooth in action!

One our our favorite additions to GAC events in recent years has been our photobooth. Designed and built by Soy, the booth is a fixture at dances and carnivals. We even take it to GAC Runners events and our upcoming GAC Party, April 29th, at the Mark for Events in Los Angeles. 

Photobooths on their way to new homes!

This year, at a fundraising auction for the Western Association of Independent Camps, Gold Arrow donated the knowledge and material to build two booths, which were purchased by two other camps in the association (Catalina Island Camps and Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp).

Recently, Sunshine (while on a Southern California speaking tour) hand-delivered the booths to the happy new owners. 

We look forward to seeing the booths in action at camps on Catalina Island and near Yosemite!

 


We still have space for teens!

We still have space in our second Outdoor Leadership Course this summer! From August 5th through August 18th, the OLC program is an opportunity for teens to experience GAC in a whole new way. 

This program is an extended backpacking excursion designed to get teen campers out into the awesome expanse of nature in the beautiful Sierra National Forest. It is led by specially trained counselors and places special emphasis on leadership skills. OLC participants spend several days at camp training on backcountry skills like navigation, water purification, and outdoor cooking. They also attend educational sessions focused on leadership before heading out on the trail for 7 days and 6 nights. Prior trips have featured the John Muir Wilderness, Pacific Coast Trail, and Yosemite National Park. Following the conclusion of their trip, OLC campers come back to camp for a nice hot shower, debriefing and reflection, the dance, and Appreciation Campfire. 

For further information and to enroll, click here.

 

 


Celebrate National Day of Unplugging With Us

We know how important it is to unplug and connect face to face. It’s one of our core beliefs at Gold Arrow Camp. One of the reasons campers make such strong bonds with each other is that they live at camp in a state of “unplugged-ness.” Without the distractions of rings, buzzes, and alerts, we are free to actually be present where we are. Even kids who couldn’t imagine ten minutes without their phones recognize how valuable this is. Don’t believe us?  Watch this video and hear campers explain why unplugging is so good! 

That’s why we hope that you will join us in celebrating the National Day of Unplugging. The celebration takes place from sunset on Friday, March 9th until sunset on Saturday, March 10th. How do you celebrate? It’s simple. Unplug from all of your electronic devices. That’s right. We want you to act like you’re at camp. No TV. No phone. No Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or even Snapchat. 

While we know that it is virtually impossible to unplug in the real world for a long period of time, we hope that you’ll join with us in taking a 24 hour respite from digital connection. Sunshine has written about the reasons that unplugging is healthy if you need some science to help convince some reticent friends or family members. If you register with the National Day of Unplugging, they’ll even send you a “cell phone sleeping bag” so that your phone can be safe and well rested while it’s away from you! 

We’d love to hear about what you did during your time unplugged. Did you play a game, cook a meal, or go to a park? Send us your favorite unplugged activities and we’ll feature them right here! Or, after sunset on the 10th, tag us on social media (@goldarrowcamp) to share your stories. But if you’re taking pictures, it can’t be with your phone!

Happy National Unplugging Day!

 


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