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Creek Fire Update

Creek Fire Update

9/16/20 Monkey & Junior checked on camp again on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, and took a few pictures to share with all of us: 9/15/20 Thank you for your continued messages and concern about GAC. We have felt your love and prayers over the past weeks as we all watched the progression of the Creek Fire towards our beloved GAC. Many of us became adept at refreshing the many different fire and heat maps, and we are thankful that it is no longer necessary to check for those dreaded red dots over GAC! [caption id="attachment_8702" align="alignright" width="225"] Monkey & Junior return from fighting fires at Huntington Lake.[/caption] We do not anticipate any major damage to GAC from this fire; however, there is still some fire activity in the vicinity of camp, so we are continuing to closely monitor the situation. We're feeling confident that camp will continue to be safe from the Creek Fire, as the worst days of the blaze in our area were last week. Our favorite firefighter, longtime GAC staff member Brad "Junior" Driscoll, is continuing to keep tabs on GAC. Monkey, who was trained as a volunteer firefighter back in the 90s, was able to spend Tuesday - Thursday on the mountain with Junior, and he even had the opportunity to fight a blaze at the staff housing at China Peak. ... Read more

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Virtual GAC Events

Virtual GAC Events

We have enjoyed helping support our campers, staff, and parents as we continue to navigate social distancing and as families begin online or modified school schedules. We hope you will join us for some GAC community time that we have planned! We will take this opportunity to encourage fun, friendship, and growth.

Upcoming Virtual GAC Events

Wednesday, September 2 at 4pm PT - Afternoon Assembly Wednesday, October 7 at 4pm PT - Afternoon Assembly Wednesday, November 4 at 4pm PT - Afternoon Assembly Wednesday, December 2 at 4pm PT - Afternoon Assembly Campers are invited to join us for these Afternoon Assemblies hosted by GAC staff. These events will be held in a private Zoom meeting room and will also be streamed on Facebook. The link to Zoom will be sent via email. Please do not share this link with people outside of our GAC community. We recognize how difficult this time is for all of us. It is our hope that by offering virtual events for our camp community, we can bring some fun and connection to a challenging time!

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5 Year Blankets & 10 Year Jackets (At-Home Edition)

5 Year Blankets & 10 Year Jackets (At-Home Edition)

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PdlS7wWttA[/embed] [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-PhXJ2UFz8[/embed] For long-time GAC campers and staff, receiving their Five Year Blanket is a BIG DEAL. Campers and staff look forward to being wrapped in their blanket at the final Appreciation Campfire of their 5th summer at GAC. This year, due to the pandemic, we were not able to have in-person GAC sessions, but we did have a phenomenal group of 105 kids participate in GALA, our online leadership program. During super secret road trips (coordinated with parents) this summer, the GAC crew drove throughout the state of California surprising our 5 & 10 year campers! Congratulations to the amazing group of loyal GAC campers who celebrated their blanket & jacket years with us in 2020!

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GATA Webinar – September 9

GATA Webinar – September 9

Our GATA (Gold Arrow Teacher Academy) program had a great turnout for our first webinar and we are so excited to continue on this journey with everyone. There is still time to register for GATA and our next webinar is quickly approaching. Join us on September 9 at 5pm PT/8pm ET as we gather to discuss how to create a positive classroom culture and keep it going throughout the year. We will provide you with strategies for creating a positive classroom culture - a place where kids look forward to going each day and don't want to leave! To learn more about GATA and to register for an individual or school membership, please visit https://goldarrowcamp.com/teacher-academy/. As a GATA member, you will be able to join us for a monthly webinar, engage in weekly teacher chats, and receive no-prep or low-prep connection activities delivered to your email inbox weekly from the experts at fun, friendship, and growth. To view our first webinar, click here. To access our first PDF which provides you with a list of activities to foster online classroom connections, click here.

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