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Session 4 Graduating Campers

Session 4 Graduating Campers

Gold Arrow campers who have completed the 9th grade take part in a special celebration at the end of their camp session.  These campers and their counselor gather around a magical campfire created just for them when the rest of camp is settling into their sleeping bags.  This is a milestone and tradition that campers both look forward to and have feelings of trepidation about because it signals the beginning of something new and the end of their time as a carefree camper. Each camper receives a paddle inscribed with their name and a special word selected by their counselor.  Notches on the wood represent the years spent at GAC.  For our graduating campers, this paddle is more than wood and inscriptions, it’s the hope of what lies ahead after the many lessons learned as a camper.  

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Session 4’s 3 and 5 Year Campers!

Session 4’s 3 and 5 Year Campers!

Congrats to our 3 and 5 year campers! Since the early days of camp, founder Manny Vezie began a tradition – campers and staff who attend Gold Arrow Camp for five summers are presented with a blanket to commemorate this achievement. Every summer at camp 5-year campers are wrapped in their blankets at Appreciation Campfire along with 3-year campers who receive their banner on the final night of their session. [gallery size="large" ids="5652,5654,5653"]  

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Big Campfire

Big Campfire

"Big Campfire" is a highlight of the session for campers here at GAC. At Big Campfire, each cabin group performs a skit, song, or dance. The evening provides a fun opportunity for kids to work together to provide a fun, entertaining performance for the community. Our younger campers (Bears & Tigers) celebrated Big Campfire on Saturday evening, and our older kids (Lions & Eagles) had their Big Campfire on Monday evening. Here are a few highlights from this session's Big Campfires: https://youtu.be/saHVgX0HKLs https://youtu.be/8YrPh4_ybr0 https://youtu.be/B7zJ2CBQgfY https://youtu.be/lTDXfPzuzbM

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Western Dance!

Western Dance!

Tonight, everyone at camp came down to Granite Grove in their best Western attire to celebrate the end of an incredible Session 4 at GAC! Enjoy the highlights below!

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