“Big Campfire” is a camp tradition dating back to GAC’s earliest years. On the middle Saturday of each two-week session, the entire camp community gathers at our beautiful Big Campfire Amphitheater to enjoy lively entertainment featuring our campers and staff. At Big Campfire, every cabin group gets on stage to perform a skit, a song, or a dance in front of the live audience. For many kids, this is their first time on stage. For others, they love being on the microphone. Either way, it’s a great bonding experience for the group to come together and plan and practice for the “big” night!
This summer featured many original songs and skits and showed the creativity and performance skills of our talented campers and counselors! Here is just a sampling of a few of the skits and songs from summer, 2016. To see even more videos from the summer, visit the 2016 Videos page!
To see more videos from the summer of 2016, visit our 2016 Videos page!
From 2015, watch Session 4’s Cabin 10 perform a remake of “Party in the USA” GAC-style during Big Campfire!
“Hopped off the bus at GAC with my trunk and my duffle bag.
Welcome to the lake of Huntington.
Am I gonna fit in?…”
1. New Programs!
This summer, GAC added FOUR new programs: Log Rolling, Hammock Hangout, GACting, and Ice Cream Making.
2. Big Campfire – Bigger and Better Than Ever!
Big Campfire featured new seating, a sound booth, and a staging area behind the stage. Campers now have the opportunity to prepare for skits backstage!
3. Appreciation Campfire Highlight Videos
At the end of each Appreciation Campfire, before counselors lit candles and we all sang “The Circle Game,” we watched a video of session highlights produced by Curly, our videographer. There were even guest vocals by counselors.
4. Campers Conquered Fears
At the end of the summer, this banner was filled with stories and signatures of campers who conquered their fear of sailing!
5. Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Many times during the summer, campers and staff would drop everything to pick up our feet and stomp them to a Koo Koo Kanga Roo hit.
6. ChiLala Got Married (Again!)
Veteran GAC counselors, Chilli and Lala (ChiLala), got married in Maryland in May, 2014. They returned to their GAC home for a week this summer. While at camp, they finally had a proper GAC wedding, including a paper tie made in Arts and Crafts and a bubble arch from campers as they entered their reception, a Wedding Banquet on the Dining Porch, with all Session #3 campers and counselors invited!
7. Outdoor Leadership Course
In its sophomore year, the OLC took older campers on a challenging seven day, 30+ mile backpacking trip that included a High Sierra crossing of the John Muir Wilderness.
8. We Danced…. A Lot!
The 2014 Dance Themes were a hit this summer!
- June Water Sports Specialty Camp: Sports
- Session 1: Animal
- Session 2: Neon
- Session 3: Superhero
- Session 4: Historical Figure
- August Shaver Water Sports and Mini Camp: Western
9. Shaver Island
Shaver Island, GAC’s outpost island on Shaver Lake, continued to be a highlight for many campers. Campers visit the island for 1-2 nights during a two-week session, sleeping on the beach under the stars each night, and focusing on waterskiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding, riding on competition-style ski boats. Oh, and s’mores, camp songs and games around a campfire circle were included each night!
10. We HAD FUN, MADE FRIENDS, AND GREW!
Is there any other way to spend a summer?