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Meet Our Staff: Kettle

I-8363Kettle is returning to Gold Arrow Camp for her second year as a Group Counselor this summer! She is an engaging, positive, fun counselor, and we’re excited to welcome her back to camp soon!

Kettle is from Gaithersburg, Maryland, and she is attending the University of Maryland where she is studying Kinesiology with a certificate in Public Health. She currently volunteers for the Children’s Development Clinic, is a campus tour guide, and interns for the TerpAccess Disability Network, an organization that provides services and trainings to make the campus more accessible.

Kettle is a positive, passionate, kind, funny person who spent last summer caring for our youngest campers. Her campers describe her as fun, energetic, encouraging, and silly – a few campers even made comments like “she made me laugh really hard,” “when I was scared, she encouraged me,” and “she inspires me.” Kettle will always be the first to hop up and start dancing, no matter the time of day or camp activity, which is one of the reasons both campers and counselors love being around Kettle’s bright, fun personality.

We asked Kettle some questions about camp and other things – see what she had to say!

  1. What do you like most about camp?

    I love how camp brings out people’s goofy side! Where else can you scream good morning to all your neighbors, dance your way through a salad bar line, and cover yourself in mud on a regular basis?
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  2. Why did you want to return to camp this summer?

    Apart from the beautiful location, awesome staff, and fun activities, the main reason I wanted to return to camp was because of the campers. I can’t wait to catch up with my old campers and meet my new cabin groups!

  3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?

    I would be a sea otter so I could splash around with my friends and float on my back all day!

  4. If you could eat ice cream anywhere in the world, what type of ice cream would it be and where?

    I would eat vanilla ice cream with tons of fun toppings (including lots and lots of caramel) while on a hot air balloon safari over Africa with friends.

  5. What is your favorite joke?

    What is a chip’s favorite dance move? The dip!

  6. What is your favorite camp memory?

    Some of my fondest camp memories are the looks on campers’ faces when they get up on knee/ski/wake for the first time and the whole cabin goes crazy in the boat!

  7. If you were a breakfast food, what breakfast food would you be? Why?

    I think I would be a waffle! Waffles are homey, supportive (perfect if you want to build a castle out of your breakfast), and they brighten people’s day when they are served at camp!

  8. What are you most excited about this summer?

    I am most excited to spend my summer surrounded by amazing people in a place that I love! I am eager to continue to learn from others and to build incredible relationships while being disconnected from technology. And of course for all of the Bear Trap fun! And Pajama Breakfast! And pickles at Carnival! And Shaver! The list of things I am excited for could go on forever.

Want to meet more 2016 GAC Staff? Head over to the Meet Our Staff page!

Meet Our Staff: Bambino!

Bambino1Bambino, a Group Counselor, is joining us for his second season at GAC!

Bambino is originally from Modesto, California, and he is currently finishing his final year at California State University, Fresno. He is studying Political Science and Sports Coaching. Bambino is involved in intramural sports and works as a referee for youth sports programs. In his free time, Bambino enjoys playing sports, running, and trips to the beach and the mountains. This fall, Bambino will be starting the Sports Psychology Masters program at Fresno State. He wants to pursue a career in coaching and teaching young people.

We love Bambino’s energetic, outgoing personality.  His campers describe him as fun, encouraging, motivational, and optimistic. One camper said, “he helped me get over my fear of heights that I’ve had my whole life.” Bambino always has a bright smile on his face. You can usually find him in the middle of all the action, ready and excited for any activity. Bambino’s cabin will most likely be the first onstage dancing before Morning Assembly or Big Campfire.

We asked Bambino some questions about camp and other things – see what he has to say!

  1. Why did you choose to return to GAC for a second summer?Bambino 4

    The biggest reason I want to go back to camp is the quality of relationships I formed last summer with campers and counselors, and I want to build new relationships and strengthen old ones again this summer. I want to focus on campers and staff, to make sure that everyone is having the best experience they can. There’s a lot of room to grow at camp, and camp helps you become the best person you can be. This summer I’m looking forward to working on myself to become a better leader, counselor, and friend.

  2. What is your favorite part of camp?

    Shaver! My favorite part of camp is when my cabin goes to Shaver. It’s a great break from camp, away from any outside distractions, and we spend a lot of time bonding with each other. At Shaver, campers and counselors are learning how to be good people, how to build REALationships; it’s a crucial part of the camp experience.
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  3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?

    I would be an elephant because I’m strong, intelligent, loyal to the group, and when I’m in the mindset, I’m ready to achieve any goal I set.

  4. What advice do you have for campers coming to camp for the first time?

    Don’t be afraid to be yourself, or to go out of your comfort zone to try something new. Every experience at camp is a new experience, and you have to be willing to be open and embrace new things to really have the best time at camp.

  5. Describe your perfect pizza.

    You need a good sauce and a good ratio of cheese-to-sauce. I prefer a 2:1 ratio of sauce to cheese. Then throw on all the toppings – the more, the better! Pepperoni, sausage, chicken, bell peppers, mushrooms, basil, and a couple onions. Then the crust. It needs to be really bready with butter and not too crunchy, just right!

  6. What are you most excited for this summer at camp?

    Bambino 3I’m so excited to see all the campers again, seeing old friends and building new relationships. I want to take all the experiences I had last summer and use them to make myself a better counselor. I want to focus a lot on growing as a leader this summer. During campfire, my co-counselor and I would ask questions and listen as our campers gave us really great answers; we had a lot of meaningful conversations at night around the campfire, and I’m looking forward to ending every great day at camp with my cabin around a campfire.

  7. If you could pick any one in the world to host Morning Assembly, who would it be and why?

    John Wooden (former Purdue basketball player and UCLA Bruins Head Coach). He would bring a lot of passion and energy to Morning Assembly, and he would teach campers and counselors life lessons. Just watching him do Morning Assembly would be great for the entire GAC environment because he’s so inspirational!

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Want to meet more 2016 GAC Staff? Head over to the Meet Our Staff page!

Meet Our Staff: Yorkie!

 

Yorkie-9361We’re excited to welcome Yorkie back for his seventh summer at GAC! Yorkie will be the Rock Yorkie-7103Climbing and Ropes Course Director, so you’ll see him rocking around camp all summer long! In his previous summers at camp, Yorkie has been an Activity Counselor and a Head Counselor. By now he definitely knows camp! If you have any questions about camp, Yorkie is the one to ask!

Yorkie is currently working in Pocklington in the United Kingdom, just outside of York, where he is working as a teaching assistant to gain more experience for his role as a teacher in September. Yorkie loves working with people, especially in an outdoor and sporty environment. He also enjoys playing football (we call English football soccer!), traveling the world, hanging out with friends, rock climbing and challenging himself on the high ropes course (of course!). Yorkie is currently coaching a 7th grade soccer (err, football) team, but he can’t wait to be back at camp soon!

We asked Yorkie some very pressing questions. Check out his answers!

What do you like most about camp?

The most incredible thing about Gold Arrow Camp is the people. The campers, the staff, every single person makes Gold Arrow Camp a second home to every person lucky enough to spend their summers there.

What makes you return to camp every summer?

I absolutely love camp, just being out in the outdoors, working with such amazing people and awesome kids! The whole experience is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to leave your comfort zone, and your mobile phone, and have a summer where you can just be yourself.

If you could wake up tomorrow with a superpower, what superpower would you want to have?

If I could have any superpower, I would have the power to travel huge distances in seconds, and visit everyone I’ve ever met at camp! That and the ability to create a summer that never ends!

What is your favorite camp memory?

The first time I saw the sunset at the rock at Valhalla, it took my breath away and made me realize what a special place GAC is.

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If you could eat any ice cream any place in the world, what ice cream and where?

It would have to be Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food at the top of Mushroom Rock, a nearby mountain to camp where you can see for miles!

What advice would you give a camper coming to camp for the first time?

It is okay to be nervous, it would be silly not to be, but just know that all the counselors and the returning campers are there to help, and you will make some of the best friends you’ll ever have at camp.

If you had your own country, what would it be called?

My own country would be called GACtopia, a country where it could be camp every day!

What are you most excited about for GAC 2016??

Every year I’ve been at camp has been better than the last, and I’m simply looking forward to getting back to my home-away-from-home and leaving all the stresses and pressures back in the UK! Also meeting new friends and seeing old friends.

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Want to meet more 2016 GAC Staff? Head over to the Meet Our Staff page!