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GAC Virtual Assemblies are Back!

GAC Virtual Assemblies are Back!

Summer seems so far away so we thought we would bring some GAC to you now with our virtual assemblies! If you're new to GAC or need a refresher, most days (unless on outpost), campers will attend Morning Assembly at our beautiful outdoor amphitheater. After breakfast, the entire camp community gathers for announcements, games, songs, and fun before heading off to their first activity for the day. For cabins who arrive early, an optional dance party on stage is always a camper favorite. From February through June, campers, parents, and staff are welcome to join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 4pm for a GAC Virtual Assembly. A reminder and link will be emailed to camp families prior to each assembly. We hope you'll join us!

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10 Surprising Things Kids Learn at Camp

10 Surprising Things Kids Learn at Camp

I would not be the person I am today without camp. -15-year-old camper

My three decades of camp experience, coupled with my own and others’ research, have shaped my long-held opinion that camp experiences benefit children in profound ways. Yet even I was astounded by the revelations shared at our closing campfires last summer for the campers who were completing their final seasons as campers. These campfires were an emotional time to say goodbye to our high school kids heading into 10th grade. After their counselors spoke about each of them and shared words of affirmation and encouragement, I asked the kids if they wanted to share anything they had learned at camp they might use throughout their lives. I knew we had a special gig going at camp, and that we were providing a positive, healthy community where kids could have fun, make friends, and grow, but I hadn’t heard the specific life lessons that they believed they learned at camp in such direct and heartfelt words spoken out loud. Our oldest campers shared that they learned how to be happy, “to just have fun and not worry so much.” In a time when so many young people struggle with depression and anxiety, it was heartwarming to hear that, for many of them, camp is their “happy place.” Campers also said they learned to be happy in their own skin, gaining confidence in their abilities, speaking up for things they believe in, and ... Read more

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February Parent Coffee

February Parent Coffee

"Make Friends: Coach Kids to Better Friendships"

Social and emotional skills, just like academic and athletic ones, are not fixed or personality dependent. The skills necessary to make and keep friends need to be discussed, modeled, and practiced at camp and at home. Come learn about:
  • The specific social skills research that shows what skills are are most important for healthy friendships & relationships.
  • Simple coaching strategies to help kids improve their social skills.
  • Camp practices we use to help kids make and keep friends.
Come learn from Audrey “Sunshine” Monke how to be your child’s “Friendship Skills Coach” at February's Parent Coffee on Wednesday, February 15 at 10am PT. 

Register HERE for the February 15 Parent Coffee. Registrants will be sent a recording after the meeting. We hope to see you there!

 

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January Kindness Calendar

January Kindness Calendar

Happy January and 2023, everyone! We hope the turn of the new year finds you all well. Here are 31 ideas of how we can be kind to others this month. Enjoy! You can download a printable version here!

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