Gold Arrow Leadership Academy (6th-8th)

Overview

The Gold Arrow Leadership Academy for Middle School (GALAMS) is an online mentoring and leadership training program designed to help young emerging leaders develop their leadership skills guided by GAC’s core values  This program is specifically designed for pre-teens and teens completing the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and allows for one cadre of participants to move through the program together building valuable bonds under the supervision and tutelage of experienced GAC counselors/mentors.

Counselors/Mentors

Books ⭐️

GALAMS Team
Books ⭐️

GALAMS Team

Year at GAC:

12th

Hometown:

Belmont Shore, Long Beach, CA

School:

Chapman University

Favorite food:Espresso drinks, especially cortados
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Andy Dwyer from Parks and Rec because he is such a positive and fun loving guy. Plus I also get to be his alter egos Johnny Karate and Burt Macklin, FBI!
What you're most looking forward to:Fresh air, starry nights, and Will-oooooooooooooooooo

Comet ⭐️

GALAMS Team
Comet ⭐️

GALAMS Team

Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

Mec

GALAMS Team
Mec

GALAMS Team

Year at GAC:

7th

Hometown:

Anaheim, CA

School:

Grinnell College

Favorite food:California Burrito
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I think I would be Linguini from Ratatouille because my cooking skills are horrible but I really like French food so I wouldn't mind learning a thing or two from a rat.
What you're most looking forward to:Hanging on Shaver Island, burning like a thousand calories at the dances, doing all the activities, and just being back with the people and the place I've come to consider my second home.

Peanut Butter

GALAMS Team
Peanut Butter

GALAMS Team

Year at GAC:

5thth

Hometown:

San Luis Obispo, CA

School:

Cal Poly, SLO

Favorite food:California Burrito
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Sam from Lord of the Rings because he sacrifices himself for the greater good and his friends.
What you're most looking forward to:Connecting with campers/staff and breaking it down on the GAC dance floor!

Scooter ⭐️

GALAMS Team
Scooter ⭐️

GALAMS Team

Year at GAC:

5th

Hometown:

Boulder, CO

School:

University of Minnesota

Favorite food:Anything chocolate!
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Ferris Bueller because he's a kid at heart.
What you're most looking forward to:Spending time outdoors, meeting new friends and enjoying some of my favorite activities.

Sneaks ⭐️

GALAMS Team
Sneaks ⭐️

GALAMS Team

Year at GAC:

7th

Hometown:

Hermosa Beach, CA

School:

University of Utah

Favorite food:My Mom's homemade chocolate chip cookies
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Han Solo because who wouldn't want to fly around in the Millennium Falcon, go on adventures through the galaxy, and have Chewbacca as your best friend!
What you're most looking forward to:Being away from technology, meeting great people, and spending the summer in the outdoors!

Sully ⭐️

GALAMS Team
Sully ⭐️

GALAMS Team

Year at GAC:

11th

Hometown:

Los Angeles, CA

School:

UCLA

Favorite food:Korean BBQ
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?The BFG! As a short 6' 8" myself the idea of a being friendly giant seems like a good match.
What you're most looking forward to:Going to sleep under the stars and waking up every morning to a beautiful lake view.

Swish ⭐️

GALAMS Team
Swish ⭐️

GALAMS Team

Year at GAC:

7th

Hometown:

Clovis, CA

School:

Centenary College of Louisiana

Favorite food:Potstickers
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Princess Tiana! She is kind, hard-working, loves her family, and ambitious.
What you're most looking forward to:I'm looking forward to having wonderful camp fires, being under the beautiful stars, and singing camp songs! Also, stepping away from technology and really getting to be with all the wonderful people at GAC!

Dates

June 29 – July 24

Participants will meet with peers and counselors 3 times each week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 4pm PT for approximately one hour. Two sessions per week will be based on the topics listed below and one session per week will include a more relaxed (and supervised!) “hang out” time for campers to connect and share.

What’s Covered

Each group meeting will focus on one of GAC’s core values and include some interactive learning, discussion time, and a challenge based on that core value.  Workshops will also include a profile of a young leader who embodies that core value.

Unplugging and Connecting Face to Face – Learn how to successfully build social connections with peers and your elders and how you can help others become more connected.

Living Healthy – We’ll dive into what physical, emotional, and social well-being looks like and how creating “tiny habits” might help you reach your goals.

Trying new things to build confidence – Break down obstacles (fear, anxiety, etc.) and create a growth mindset to achieve goals and build confidence.

Belonging to a community that feels like a family – Identify different communities in your life and how you can contribute in a meaningful way.

Developing Independence – Learn how to take small (or big!) steps to becoming more independent, making choices for yourself, learning to see other points of view, and preparing for high school and beyond.

Being You – Find out what makes you – you.  Use that knowledge to highlight your strengths to others.

Having fun and being happy – Discover strategies you can use to choose happiness and create fun for yourself and others around you.  

Bringing positive changes to the world – Use the skills, knowledge, and confidence you practiced in earlier workshops to determine what you can do to make a difference.

What’s Included

• Access to 3 meetings per week for 4 weeks with experienced GAC counselors

• T-shirt

• Journal/Workbook

• Option to add individual half-hour or one-hour mentoring/coaching sessions with group leaders for an additional cost.

• Certificate of course completion

• Personalized letter of recommendation that speaks to the participant’s character strengths and how they specifically contribute value to schools, teams, and other organizations.

• Credit for a year at GAC

Price

$700*

*Campers enrolled for 2021 will receive a 50% discount ($350).

Online Program Policies

Please review the online program policies which include the Camper Standards of Conduct and Conditions of Enrollment for online programs.

Questions?

Please contact our office at 800-554-2267 or mail@goldarrowcamp.com if you have any questions or need additional information.

 

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