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Sleepaway Camps Permitted to Open in CA!

Sleepaway Camps Permitted to Open in CA!

We received good news this week. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has included "sleepaway camps" (resident camps like GAC) in businesses that are permitted to open (with COVID restrictions in place) this summer in counties that are in red, orange, or yellow tiers. The Director of CDPH also told a group of camp leaders that we can expect guidelines for resident camps by the end of this month. Unless an unlikely shift occurs in COVID-19 transmission rates in Fresno County, Gold Arrow Camp will be permitted to operate this summer. However, until we receive the state guidelines for sleepaway camps, we still don’t know the specific procedures we will need to follow this summer, and we won’t have all those details until the guidelines are released.  We are encouraged by reports of increased vaccine availability and the dramatic drop in COVID-19 transmission rates across California. We are optimistic that these trends will continue and will lead to eased restrictions and a return to more normalcy for all. Our US summer camp staff have been included in the CDC tier with education and childcare workers, and most of our staff will be fully vaccinated before camp starts.  We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. While we would love to provide you with all the details about modifications we will be required to make this summer, we cannot do so until ... Read more

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2021 Dance Themes!

2021 Dance Themes!

One of the highlights of each session is our camp dance. We don't know exactly what the dance will look like this year, but we do know that it will still be an awesome time! Dances feature favorite group dances, like Footloose and Tragedy. There's also our photo booth for some pictures with friends, special snacks and drinks like the "Soy Rogers" and "Shirley Chipmunk," and a wide selection of games for those campers that prefer playing over dancing. Each of our dances has a theme, and campers and staff are encouraged to dress up to match the theme. Some people bring costumes from home, while others improvise using their clothes or making something at Arts & Crafts. Whatever you choose to do, we know you'll have a great time at our dances. This year's dance themes are:

June Shaver Specialty: Hollywood

Come as your favorite celebrity or dress to impress as one of your favorite movie characters for this fun SoCal themed party!

Session 1: Pirates

Shiver me timbers matey! Session 1 campers will be walking the plank to fun with their peg-legs, eye patches, and other pirate accessories.

Session 2: Groovy Hippies and Tie-Dye

Let's have some far-out fun in Session 2, when we enjoy the dance with our best hippie costumes, or your tie-dyed favorites.

Session 3: Halloween

Having a hard time coming up with a costume for Session 3's Halloween dance? Any costume will do as we celebrate the one night of the year when people love costumes as much ... Read more

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March GATA Webinar

March GATA Webinar

For this month's Gold Arrow Teacher Academy (GATA) webinar on Wednesday, March 10 at 5pm PT/8pm ET, we are focusing on Growing Grit! Grit, which is another word to describe the important character trait of "resilience," is predictive of student well-being and success. In this webinar, we'll cover ideas and strategies for helping students grow the grit muscles they need to thrive both in and out of school. We know from decades of research that one of the most useful predictors of student success is how persistent they are when faced with a problem. This was catapulted into the public conversation by Angela Duckworth and her groundbreaking research on grit. Many of you have probably seen her TED talk in a professional development meeting! In this webinar, we'll share what we've learned about teaching kids to develop grit at camp and share ideas for how you can help kids develop grit and how you can recognize kids for using grit in your classroom. This webinar is free for all GATA members! If you are not yet a GATA member, you can join here or register just for the webinar here. Even if you're not able to attend the live webinar on Wednesday, you'll be able to access the recorded webinar and the accompanying resources.

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Soy’s Well-Deserved Recognition

Soy’s Well-Deserved Recognition

We are so lucky to have such amazing staff at Gold Arrow Camp, and every so often they are recognized for their incredible work outside of GAC. We want to take this opportunity to congratulate our very own Andy "Soy" Moeschberger on being awarded not one, not two, but three awards this year! He has worked so hard on many projects, especially legislative work to keep camps running and at the forefront of discussions amongst our political leaders. His work does not go unnoticed and we are so glad that it was noticed on a national level! Grant Gerson Service Award - WAIC (Western Association of Independent Camps) -The Grant Gerson WAIC Service Award pays tribute to those who make an extraordinary contribution to WAIC and to the advancement of the camp movement, and who have played an important role in the success of the association. Southern California/Hawaii Service Award - ACA SoCal/Hawaii (American Camp Association) -The Service Award is given as recognition to exceptional service to camping and the local area. National Service Award - ACA (American Camp Association) -This Service Award is designed to recognize continued and increasing service beyond the field/affiliate office level.

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