First Year Families


We are so excited to welcome you into the GAC Family this summer. We hope you will be part of our community for many years to come.

The first year of going away to summer camp is the hardest – both for kids and for parents. Everything is new and unfamiliar. For many families, this is the first time parents and children have ever been apart from each other without digital or phone communication. We understand your concerns and have helped hundreds of families through the adjustment. We are here to help alleviate your worries and make you and your camper feel as comfortable and welcome as possible!

Gather your family around your computer, and we’ll share some tips and information to help prepare both you and your camper for your first Gold Arrow experience.

First-Year Family Orientation Webinar Replay

Learn the GAC Song!

Preparing for Camp

Are you or your camper nervous about the experience?
Messages for an Anxious Camper

Having some parental worries about your camper being away from you?
5 Reasons NOT to Worry While Your Kid’s at Camp

Mark Your Calendar for First-Year Family Orientations!

Wednesday, May 26, 7:00-8:00 pm (PT): Online Homesick and Happy Book Discussion (for parents) – RSVP Here

Thursday, June 3, 7:00-8:00pm (PT): Online First-Year Family Q & A (for parents & campers) – RSVP Here

Drop-In Office Hours for Questions

Wednesdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and 8:00-9:00pm PT (through June 2) – Meeting Room Link

Destination GAC