We’re coming to Northern California!
Join us on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 PM for a GAC Chat in Menlo Park or Wednesday, January 25th at 6 PM for a GAC Chat in San Fransisco. Hosted by Gold Arrow Camp families, these are great events for your whole family! Click here to RSVP and get directions to the GAC Chat.
What is a GAC Chat?
A GAC Chat is an informal gathering of camp families, both returning and new, along with one of the Camp Directors or another camp representative. GAC Chats are hosted by current camp families in their homes. Campers who have attended GAC share about their experiences, a brief slide show is shown, and there is plenty of time for asking questions about camp as well as socializing with other campers. This is a great opportunity for first-year families to learn what GAC is about and meet other camp families from your area.
Teen Leadership at GAC
There is still space available in our teen leadership program, the Outdoor Leadership Course. The OLC is a 30+ mile backcountry backpacking trip. Campers who complete the OLC will learn leadership skills, wilderness first aid, food preparation, navigation, and orienteering skills.
In addition to the backpacking, each camper is designated as a leader of the trek for one day, and there are nightly debriefings. The trip is led by Gold Arrow Camp’s highly qualified backpacking instructors.
The first OLC trip is July 9th – July 22nd has limited availability.
The second OLC trip is August 6th – August 19th and still has space available.
You can watch a summary of the experience from OLC trekkers in 2016 and read more about the program on our OLC page.
You can hear 2016’s OLC leader Mac and the testimonials of OLC trekkers in Episode 3 of the Pog-Cast.
For more information on the Outdoor Leadership Course or any of our programs, contact the camp office.
GAC Holiday Party
A big thanks to the many staff and families who joined us at the GAC Holiday Party on Sunday! We love seeing our GAC family throughout the year and are looking forward to seeing more GACers at future GAC events!
GAC History Book Coming Fall, 2017
We are thrilled to announce the publication of Sierra Summers, The History of Gold Arrow Camp, in the fall of 2017. This beautiful, full-color book will be a meaningful keepsake for families whose children have enjoyed their childhood summers at camp, as well as for alumni wanting to reminisce about GAC’s early years.
The book begins with the story of camp founder Manny Vezie’s odyssey from Notre Dame football (where he played under coach Knute Rockne and was in the locker room for the “Gipper” speech) to an extremely brief law career, dabbling in Hollywood as an advisor (and sometime actor) in football movies, and, finally, to fulfilling his dream of starting a summer camp for boys at Huntington Lake.
The eras of GAC are all included in this volume filled with photos and mementos from every decade of camp’s history including the early years, the Manny and Jeanie Vezie era, and the current era with the Monke family at the helm.
Long-time staff member and writer Chuck “Woody” Radke has been researching and writing the book for several years. He has interviewed countless past and current campers and staff members, collected and recorded their camp stories, and discovered interesting facts from each era of GAC’s rich history.
Publication is scheduled for the fall of 2017, in anticipation of GAC’s 85th anniversary in the summer of 2018.
2017 GAC Dance Themes
Shaver Water Sports June: Zoo-topia
Session 1: Party in the USA
Session 2: Enchantment Under the Sea
Session 3: Go Green
Session 4: Under the Big Top
Mini Camp/Water Sports August: Halloween
Read more about the 2017 Dance themes on the GAC Blog.
When planning your dance costume, it’s most fun to be creative using everyday materials! The best costumes in the past have incorporated items that campers have found around their homes or borrowed from parents, relatives or friends. Many campers create great costumes while they’re at camp too. Whatever your style, we look forward to dancing with you in 2017!
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