We're so excited to welcome our Session 3 campers to camp today! This session we have campers from Japan, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and from eleven states outside of California (Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington)!
Of these campers...
75 are 1st time campers at GAC
210 are returning campers
55 are 3-year campers
18 are 5-year campers
and 4 10-year campers!
We are so excited for the next two weeks that will be spent hiking, singing songs, waterskiing, campfires and so much more! Make sure to keep up with everything going on at camp through our News section as well as posts in the Campanion App (where you can also view photos).
Today at morning assembly, we talked about the importance of getting outside our comfort zone and getting into our "growth zone" as we try new things at camp. Camper Jojo shared about how she's gotten out of her comfort zone and learned many new skills over her eight summers at GAC. We also talked about setting SMART goals for this camp session.
Comfort Zone & Growth Zone
We talked about how each of us has our "comfort zone" of activities we're accustomed to and we feel totally relaxed doing. When we're trying new things and in our "growth zone," our hearts may be racing a little bit and our breathing can get more audible. We naturally feel a bit of stress and discomfort, because we are experiencing something new.
Sharing our nervousness with others, and understanding that most of us feel the same way when we're trying something new, can help us push through the discomfort and discover new things we really enjoy at camp. An example we talked about was going on the high ropes course. Many of us feel nervous about being up so high, but for campers like Jojo, who've been at camp for many years and gone across the ropes course numerous times, it can start feeling comfortable up there. To get in our growth zone at an activity we have a lot of experience with, we need to try a new skill - like going across the course ... Read more
Monday evening at Camper Orientation, we reviewed the important friendship skill (especially when you're at a new place!) of introducing yourself to others. Campers practiced introducing themselves to a camper in another cabin group (since they already met everyone in their own cabin group yesterday).
We're already making friends here at GAC!
We're so excited to welcome our Session 2 campers to camp! This session we have campers here from all over the United States, and even New Zealand, Spain, Slovakia, Singapore, Reunion, and Mexico! Of these campers...
92 are 1st time campers at GAC
201 are returning campers
38 are 3-year campers
27 are 5-year campers
and 5 are 10-year campers!
We are so excited for the next two weeks that will be spent hiking, singing songs, waterskiing, campfires and so much more! Make sure to keep up with everything going on at camp through our News section!
What are we eating this week? Check out the week's menu!
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