Session 2 Video Highlights & Slideshow

We have so many great memories from Session 2. Here are a few highlights as recorded by our awesome media team (AKA the “GACarazzi”):

 

Session 3 Outpost & Events Schedule

There’s always something going on at camp, whether that’s a cabin theme day, a backpacking trip or a visit to Shaver Island! Check out the outpost schedule below to see where each cabin is going this session.

 

Welcome Session 3 Campers!

We’re so excited to welcome our Session 3 campers to camp today! This session we have campers from Spain and from six states outside of California (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, and Washington)!

Of these campers…

85 are 1st time campers at GAC

172 are returning campers

39 are 3-year campers

31 are 5-year campers

and 3 10-year campers!

We are so excited for the next two weeks that will be spent hiking, singing songs, waterskiing, campfires and so much more! Make sure to keep up with everything going on at camp through our News section as well as our Whadda Day daily podcast!

What are we eating this week? Check out the Session 3 Menu!

Camp Kindness Day

GAC is excited to be joining camps across the country in celebrating Camp Kindness Day! For our summer theme, Better Together, we’ve been talking about ways we can be better together. After a year of being separated from loved ones and friends, it’s more important than ever to remember to be kind to one another and find ways in which we are better together.

Here’s what the American Camp Association has to say about Camp Kindness Day:

On July 20, the camp community will participate in Camp Kindness Day – an event highlighting the practice of intentional kindness that happens every day at American camps. This is an opportunity to raise awareness of the the great work that camps are doing to teach kindness in engaging, simple, repeatable, and high impact ways that live on in the daily lives of campers and staff members when they return home.

Focusing on our youth and young adults, Camp Kindness Day will help showcase the commitment of the camp community to fostering the core values of kindness, compassion, generosity and care, and integrating those values more fully into every aspect of our society. These values are already part of the fabric of the camp experience. We share the mission for our youth to be nurtured, taught, supported, and inspired to grow into our new generation of kind, compassionate, socially-minded, community-oriented citizens.  

Camp Kindness Day will allow camps to incorporate into their July 20 programming fun theme-based activities and cooperative games, cool projects, and memorable moments which will celebrate the value and impact of kindness.

Friendship Tip of the Day: Ask Good Questions

Today at Morning Assembly, Sunshine shared the friendship tip of asking good questions. She shared about the research of Arthur Aron and how he found that two strangers felt closely connected after a 45 minute conversation covering 36 questions.

Resources/Related Posts

36 Questions to Get Closer to Someone You Love (Sunshine Parenting)

Teaching Campers the Friendship Skill of Asking Questions

Research Finds Children Learn Social Skills At Camp

Why Kids Make Their Closest Friends at Camp

 

Session 1 Video Highlights & Slideshow

Session 1 has already come and gone and we miss everyone so much already! We hope you enjoy these memories and we cannot wait to see you next year!

Welcome Session 2 Campers!

We’re so excited to welcome our Session 2 campers to camp today! This session we have campers here from all over the United States, and even Spain and Mexico! Of these campers…

73 are 1st time campers at GAC

199 are returning campers

36 are 3-year campers

35 are 5-year campers

and 7 are 10-year campers!

We are so excited for the next two weeks that will be spent hiking, singing songs, waterskiing, campfires and so much more! Make sure to keep up with everything going on at camp through our News section!

What are we eating this week? Check out the week’s menu!

Session 2 Outpost & Events Schedule

There’s always something going on at camp, whether that’s a cabin theme day, a backpacking trip or a visit to Shaver Island! Check out the outpost schedule below to see where each cabin is going this session.

Today’s Friendship Skill: Introduce Yourself!

Today at Morning Assembly, we reviewed the important friendship skill (especially when you’re at a new place!) of introducing yourself to others. Campers practiced introducing themselves to a camper in another cabin group (since they already met everyone in their own cabin group yesterday).

As a camp, we set the goal of introducing ourselves to three new people today. We’re already making friends here at GAC!

7 Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Introduce Themselves

Session 1 Graduating Campers

Gold Arrow campers who have completed the 9th or 10th grade take part in a special celebration at the end of their camp session.  These campers and their counselor gather around a magical campfire created just for them when the rest of camp is settling into their sleeping bags.  This is a milestone and tradition that campers both look forward to and have feelings of trepidation about because it signals the beginning of something new and the end of their time as a carefree camper. Each camper receives a paddle inscribed with their name and a special word selected by their counselor.  Notches on the wood represent the years spent at GAC.  For our graduating campers, this paddle is more than wood and inscriptions, it’s the hope of what lies ahead after the many lessons learned as a camper.