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Homesick and Happy Book Discussion

Homesick and Happy Book Discussion

Every child has to practice being independent and every parent has to practice letting his or her child be independent. -Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Homesick & Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow Most kids feel some apprehension before going on their first adventure away from home without parents. Many parents are also nervous about the separation from their child, especially if your camper is expressing anxiety about going away to camp. The biggest source of parental concern is often how your child will handle the separation from you and if they will experience negative emotions, often referred to as “homesickness,” while at camp. While most kids do not feel extreme symptoms of homesickness at camp, many experience emotional challenges during their first (and subsequent) experiences at summer camp and other away-from-parent experiences. These feelings are normal and are something that we have helped many campers work through. Campers feel a great sense of accomplishment when they successfully overcome the challenge of homesickness, and we encourage you to view this experience through the lens of the long-term positive outcomes for your child. One of our favorite resources for first-time camp parents is Michael Thompson, Ph.D.'s book Homesick and Happy.  Parents will find this book helpful not only as you prepare to send your child to GAC this summer, but also as you ... Read more

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First-Year Families Online Orientation

First-Year Families Online Orientation

It's time to get ready for GAC 2019! We have tons of resources for our first-year families available on our First Year Families resource page. And, we want to connect with you! If you're not able to attend one of our GAC Parties, join us for one of our upcoming online events!

Online Events

Online live Question & Answer session for first-year families. May 15th, 7 PM PST. Online discussion of Homesick and Happy - May 29th, Noon PST. Online live Question & Answer session for first-year families. June 2nd, 4 PM PST.

RSVP and we'll send you the online meeting link.

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Schoolhouse Rocks 5K on May 19

Schoolhouse Rocks 5K on May 19

Join GAC Runners at the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K (Menlo Park) on Sunday, May 19

Join the GAC Runners for the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K in Menlo Park! We're thrilled to back to help support the Menlo Park - Atherton Education Foundation at this great event. We'll be at the expo before and after the race, so please come and see us. The race starts at 9, and we'll be taking a group picture with all of our GAC friends and families at  our booth at 10 AM. Information and registration available here. Learn more about GAC Runners! While you're reading about the GAC Runners, you can also tell us what races you're running in a request your GAC Runners moisture-wicking shirt!  

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Northern California GAC Party

Northern California GAC Party

Come Whadda with us! Join GAC staff and new and returning GAC families for our Northern California GAC Party! We'll be at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton (150 Watkins Ave.) on May 19th  from 4-6 pm for our Northern California GAC Party. We'll have dinner, carnival games, and panels of experienced campers, camp parents and staff to answer all of your camp questions! RSVP here if you can join us on Sunday, May 19th, for an afternoon of fun, food, and friends!  Read more about our GAC Parties here.

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