Meet The Staff

Directors

Alison “Bean” Moeschberger

Camp Director
Alison “Bean” Moeschberger

Camp Director

Alison is a graduate of Purdue University and was an elementary teacher for five years before she joined Gold Arrow’s year-round staff. Alison has been part of Gold Arrow Camp for the past 26 years as a camper, CIT, and staff member.  She is also a certified Lifeguard Instructor as well as a Wilderness First Aid Instructor. Alison is married to Andy, who campers call "Soy". They spend their summers at camp with their two daughters, Ellie and Greta, and their dog, Henry.

800-554-2267
Year at GAC:

26th

Hometown:

Clovis, CA

School:

Purdue

Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

Andy “Soy” Moeschberger

Camp Director
Andy “Soy” Moeschberger

Camp Director

Andy, who campers call “Soy,” oversees camp operations, which includes maintaining the facilities and equipment at camp. He was a high school history and government teacher for 14 years before coming to work full time for camp. He met his wife, Alison ("Bean") while playing tuba in the Purdue All-American Marching Band.

He is also the host of GAC’s own podcast, called The POG Cast, and is also frequently been seen on the Big Campfire stage. Soy and Bean spend their summers at camp with their two daughters, Ellie and Greta and their dog, Henry

800-554-2267
Year at GAC:

12th

Hometown:

Kokomo, IN

School:

Purdue

Favorite food:Pizza.
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Sherlock Holmes. He is a master of all kinds of arcane knowledge, which would make him basically unbeatable at trivia.
What you're most looking forward to:Being back in the sunny Sierras, having fun, and Morning Assembly.

Chelsea “Chelster” Rowe

Director of Parent and Camper Communication
Chelsea “Chelster” Rowe

Director of Parent and Camper Communication

Chelsea holds a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Davis. Being involved with camp for more than twenty years, Chelsea has a long history associated with Gold Arrow. Not only was Chelsea a former GAC camper, but her parents were former GAC staff members who met at Gold Arrow. Now, Chelsea and her children, Macy and Elliot, spend their summers at GAC. Together with her husband, Steve (aka “Seismo”), they spend the rest of the year in southern California. Chelsea, who is called “Chelster” at camp, is committed to the welfare of campers, helping to create summer memories that will last a lifetime.

800-554-2267
Year at GAC:

31st

Hometown:

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

School:

UC Davis

Favorite food:Mexican food.
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Wonder Woman because she's strong and fierce!
What you're most looking forward to:Meeting and getting to know all of the new campers and staff.

Steve “Monkey” Monke

Chief Executive Officer
Steve “Monkey” Monke

Chief Executive Officer

Steve holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from U.C.L.A. and has been at Camp since 1989. Steve, along with his wife Audrey, is responsible for the business operations at camp and is committed to the development of children and to maintaining the traditions that have made Gold Arrow one of the finest traditional camps in the United States since 1933.  Audrey, who campers and staff call “Sunshine,” and Steve, who campers and staff call “Monkey,” spend their summers at Gold Arrow Camp with their five children.

800-554-2267
Year at GAC:

31st

Hometown:

Clovis, CA

School:

UCLA

Favorite food:Jicama - nature's savory apple!
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?The Flash - the fastest fictional character ever.
What you're most looking forward to:Camp smells - campfires, pine trees, bacon, etc.

Audrey “Sunshine” Monke

Chief Visionary Officer
Audrey “Sunshine” Monke

Chief Visionary Officer

Audrey is a graduate of Stanford University and recently earned a master’s degree in psychology from Fresno State. Her first book, Happy Campers will be released on May 7th, 2019!

She is also a Certified Camp Director through the American Camp Association. Audrey has been at Gold Arrow Camp since 1986.  Audrey, who campers and staff call “Sunshine,” and her husband, Steve, who campers and staff call “Monkey,” spend their summers at Gold Arrow Camp with their five children.

800-554-2267
Year at GAC:

35th

Hometown:

Clovis, CA

School:

Stanford University

Favorite food:Avocado (Coffee - if that was a food)
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Harriet the Spy - Loved that book as a kid!
What you're most looking forward to:Happy kids, campfires, being with my GAC fam.

Office Staff

Amy “Glitter” Bolton

Office Manager
Amy “Glitter” Bolton

Office Manager

Year at GAC:

19th

Hometown:

Clovis, CA

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Chips & Guacamole
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Winnie the Pooh, so I could live in the Hundred Acre Woods and eat honey all day!
What you're most looking forward to:Seeing all the happy campers!

Erin “Avalon” Luikart

Office Assistant
Erin “Avalon” Luikart

Office Assistant

Year at GAC:

8th

Hometown:

Tollhouse, CA

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Leadership Team

Books

Sailing Head
Books

Sailing Head

Year at GAC:

11th

Hometown:

Belmont Shore, Long Beach, CA

School:

Chapman University

Favorite food:Espresso drinks, especially cortados
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Andy Dwyer from Parks and Rec because he is such a positive and fun loving guy. Plus I also get to be his alter egos Johnny Karate and Burt Macklin, FBI!
What you're most looking forward to:Fresh air, starry nights, and Will-oooooooooooooooooo

Delta

Junior Counselor Director
Delta

Junior Counselor Director

Year at GAC:

10th

Hometown:

Meridian, MS

School:

Ole Miss

Favorite food:chips & guac
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Shenzi Marie Predatora Veldetta Jacquelina Hyena – because I am a leader, strong, and have a loud, cackling laugh!
What you're most looking forward to:Another summer in the beautiful sierras with the most wonderful people AND shoving my face with s’mores

Frames

Head Counselor
Frames

Head Counselor

Year at GAC:

11th

Hometown:

Sausalito, CA

School:

UC San Diego

Favorite food:Sushi
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Mike Wazowski: I’m kind of short, willing to help a friend in need, devoted to my work, and always trying to make people laugh!
What you're most looking forward to:Seeing some of my favorite people and getting back out to Corcl Cove!

Grizzly

Program Director
Grizzly

Program Director

Year at GAC:

6th

Hometown:

Glasgow, Scotland

School:

University of Glasgow

Favorite food:Macaroni Cheese
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Mike Dangles PI because he is a case cracking and crime-fighting detective extraordinaire!
What you're most looking forward to:Puppet Palooza and Macaroni Cheese and Hot Dog Day!

Kinder

Rocks & Ropes Head
Kinder

Rocks & Ropes Head

Year at GAC:

4th

Hometown:

Nottingham, UK

School:

University of Hull

Favorite food:Toad in the Hole
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Peter Pan because I never really want to become a grown up.
What you're most looking forward to:Meeting new people and seeing old friends. Also unplugging and breathing the fresh mountain air.

Moose

Photography Department Head
Moose

Photography Department Head

Year at GAC:

2nd

Hometown:

Toronto, Canada

School:

University of Central Florida

Favorite food:Pasta
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Hermione from Harry Potter! She is a super awesome, kind, caring, adventurous wizard, who wouldn’t want to be her! I would love to live at Hogwarts and be friends with Harry Potter. Also, my high school was across from Hogwarts at Universal so I kinda went there 😉
What you're most looking forward to:Meeting new friends, enjoying the fresh air, getting rid of my phone, stargazing, and most of all taking pictures of all you lovely people!

Peanut Butter

Head Counselor
Peanut Butter

Head Counselor

Year at GAC:

4th

Hometown:

San Luis Obispo, CA

School:

Cal Poly, SLO

Favorite food:California Burrito
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Sam from Lord of the Rings because he sacrifices himself for the greater good and his friends.
What you're most looking forward to:Connecting with campers/staff and breaking it down on the GAC dance floor!

Pumba

Land Director
Pumba

Land Director

Year at GAC:

5th

Hometown:

Meridian, MS

School:

University of Southern Mississippi

Favorite food:Sushi
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I already am Pumba and living with no worries! Hakuna Matata!
What you're most looking forward to:Being back in the sunny Sierras!!!

Rocks

Horses Head
Rocks

Horses Head

Year at GAC:

3rd

Hometown:

Lincoln, UK

School:

Bishop Burton College

Favorite food:Marshmallows especially toasted ones
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Hiccup, I think he has the coolest world to live in! Imagine having your own dragon friend and going flying together it would be just so much fun! Also, he is very kind, speaks his mind and is absolutely loyal which I admire
What you're most looking forward to:Can’t wait to get back out on the beautiful lakeside trails with the horses and campers playing the stick game through the pines.

Sephy

Lead Videographer
Sephy

Lead Videographer

Year at GAC:

3rd

Hometown:

Stourbridge, UK

School:

University of Nottingham

Favorite food:Fajitas
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I'd be Matilda because we're both a little bit magical & great at making pancakes
What you're most looking forward to:Campfire s'mores & spending days out on the lake at Shave

Slim

Junior Counselor Director
Slim

Junior Counselor Director

Year at GAC:

8th

Hometown:

Biloxi, MS

School:

Mississippi State University

Favorite food:California Burrito (No veggies)
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Severus Snape because he is a teacher who does what needs to get done without concern for public opinion and everything he does is motivated by love. Plus, he's a Slytherin.
What you're most looking forward to:Dancing until I sweat through my shirt and chatting around the campfire every night.

Group Counselors

Aries

Mini Nuggets Counselor
Aries

Mini Nuggets Counselor

Year at GAC:

9th

Hometown:

Los Angeles, CA

School:

University of New Haven

Favorite food:Chocolate
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Hermione from Harry Potter because, in my opinion, she is the coolest wizard.
What you're most looking forward to:Seeing old friends and meeting new ones

Astro

Group Counselor
Astro

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

3rd

Hometown:

Manchester, England

School:

University of Leeds

Favorite food:Mediterranean Sea food
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Doctor Who, imagine all the amazing things you could say you've seen!! Who wouldn't want to see the future?
What you're most looking forward to:Meeting loads of amazing new people, and being out in the sun again!

Bagel

Group Counselor
Bagel

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

9th

Hometown:

Los Angeles, CA

School:

Pitzer College

Favorite food:All breakfast foods.
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Phineas from Phineas and Ferb because he's adventurous, friendly and likes to have fun.
What you're most looking forward to:Being unplugged in the mountains, making new friends and corcling!

Bravo

Group Counselor
Bravo

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

8th

Hometown:

San Diego, CA

School:

The University of Michigan

Favorite food:Black Bean Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would love to be Quasimodo, from the Disney movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, because of his bravery, joy, and his heart of gold.
What you're most looking forward to:Unplugging, sleeping under the stars, and having fun with friends old and new!

Bugz

Group Counselor
Bugz

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

10th

Hometown:

Bellingham, WA

School:

Cal Poly SLO

Favorite food:Sweet potato fries
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be TinkerBell so I could fly around sprinkling people with fairy dust!
What you're most looking forward to:Morning assembly dance parties!!

Crash

Group Counselor
Crash

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Chester, UK

School:

University of Leeds

Favorite food:Burritooooos
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I'd be Hammy from Over the Hedge because I get excited about everything!
What you're most looking forward to:Making loads of great new friends and eating marshmallows over the fire with them.

Dobby

Group Counselor
Dobby

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

8th

Hometown:

Redwood City, CA

School:

Arizona State University Alumnus

Favorite food:Mac n cheese
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Dobby from the Harry Potter series. He is kind, loyal, and always tries to help his friends.
What you're most looking forward to:Spending the summer with some of my favorite people, Shaver island (all day knee, ski, wake, surf, and party beach), and meeting new people.

Finch

Group Counselor
Finch

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

7th

Hometown:

Santa Monica, CA

School:

Washington University in St. Louis

Favorite food:Strawberries and tacos
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?If I was a fictional character, I would be Scout Finch because I am very curious and also because I love overalls 🙂
What you're most looking forward to:I am so looking forward to sleeping under the stars and making new friends!

Hilly

Group Counselor
Hilly

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Rushden, Northhamptonshire, UK

School:

Nottingham Trent

Favorite food:Fajitas
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Hiccup because you get to go on adventures on the back of a dragon and there's nothing better than having your own dragon.
What you're most looking forward to:Looking forward to spending time outdoors and getting to meet new people.

Jukebox

Group Counselor
Jukebox

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

7th

Hometown:

Santa Monica, CA

School:

Belmont University

Favorite food:Burritos
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?If I could be any fictional character, I would be Buddy the Elf because I love candy, singing, and making friends with everyone!
What you're most looking forward to:I'm looking forward to sleeping under the stars, making new friends and memories, and eating s'mores and campfire popcorn!

NickNack

Group Counselor
NickNack

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Seal Beach, CA

School:

University of Arizona

Favorite food:Teriyaki chicken bowl
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Hermione Granger! I would love to attend Hogwarts and admire how loyal and brave she is.
What you're most looking forward to:Meeting new people, s'mores, sleeping under the stars, and making memories that will last forever!

Olive

Group Counselor
Olive

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Kent, UK

School:

The University of Liverpool

Favorite food:Nectarines
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Merida from Brave because she is courageous and daring. She loves adventures and being athletic but is always open-minded. I also love her curly, ginger hair and how she is not like a stereotypical princess!
What you're most looking forward to:Being in the beautiful outdoors and trying lots of new activities. And of course meeting lots of new people!

Scooter

Group Counselor
Scooter

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

4th

Hometown:

Boulder, CO

School:

University of Minnesota

Favorite food:Anything chocolate!
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Ferris Bueller because he's a kid at heart.
What you're most looking forward to:Spending time outdoors, meeting new friends and enjoying some of my favorite activities.

Sesame

Group Counselor
Sesame

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

7th

Hometown:

Manhattan Beach, CA

School:

University of Michigan

Favorite food:Pasta/Pizza
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Kevin from Up! He’s so funny and colorful, I even dressed up as him for Halloween once.
What you're most looking forward to:Campfire chats and shaver!

Skittles

Group Counselor
Skittles

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Los Angeles, CA

School:

UCLA

Favorite food:Indian Food
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Rosetta from Tinkerbell, so I could help create Spring and take care of animals.
What you're most looking forward to:Being away from the city and spending time in nature.

Sully

Group Counselor
Sully

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

10th

Hometown:

Los Angeles, CA

School:

UCLA

Favorite food:Korean BBQ
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?The BFG! As a short 6' 8" myself the idea of a being friendly giant seems like a good match.
What you're most looking forward to:Going to sleep under the stars and waking up every morning to a beautiful lake view.

Sundae

Group Counselor
Sundae

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

10th

Hometown:

Davis, CA

School:

UC Santa Barbara

Favorite food:Poke
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Lilo from Lilo and Stitch because she is super caring and loves the beach!
What you're most looking forward to:Making lots of new friends and sleeping under the stars!

Tripps

Group Counselor
Tripps

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

14th

Hometown:

Santa Maria, CA

School:

Chico State

Favorite food:TACOS
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Peter Pan so I never have to grow up!
What you're most looking forward to:I can't wait to sleep under the stars, make lots of friendship bracelets and meet all my new friends!

Tuesday

Group Counselor
Tuesday

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

7th

Hometown:

Santa Monica, CA

School:

UC Berkeley

Favorite food:Sushi!
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Tinker Bell because I would love to have access to fairy dust. She is also just awesome overall. As a tinker, she is always thinking of ways to help others and care for those she loves.
What you're most looking forward to:I cannot wait to jump into the lake, make new friends, laugh a ton...and s'mores!!

Vibes

Group Counselor
Vibes

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

12th

Hometown:

Beaumont, CA

School:

Crafton Hills College

Favorite food:Lasagna
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Moana because I love going on adventures!
What you're most looking forward to: am looking forward to sleeping under the stars, making new friends, being in nature, and S’mores!

Willow

Group Counselor
Willow

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

7th

Hometown:

Newport Beach, CA

School:

University of Virginia

Favorite food:Bagels
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson series because she's super smart!
What you're most looking forward to:Sleeping on the beach at Shaver!

Yams

Group Counselor
Yams

Group Counselor

Year at GAC:

8th

Hometown:

Santa Monica, CA

School:

Lafayette College

Favorite food:Ramen
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Remy from Ratatouille because he loves to cook and explore new things!
What you're most looking forward to:Getting to sleep under the stars, SMORES and being part of the most beautiful family in the most beautiful place!

Activity Counselors: Land Staff

Hood

Target Sports
Hood

Target Sports

Year at GAC:

7th

Hometown:

Santa Barbara, CA

School:

University of Portland

Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

Favorite food:I really love toast. If you toast it just right so it's golden brown then put just enough butter to cover one side but not too much that it piles up. Best thing there is.
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I wish I could be Sherlock Holmes because if I could be as observant as he is and be able to do everything he can I feel like that would be a really cool ability to have. Being able to look at someone and know basically everything about them before they even say a word would just be really cool. Also, he has so much knowledge on so many different things and he can use it to help him with any situation which is awesome. I find certain things super interesting as everyone does and to be able to remember more would be nice instead of having to write everything down.
What you're most looking forward to:I am most looking forward to returning to GAC and getting to be a counselor this year. I'm excited to help all the campers have a great time and feel like they are in a safe place with a new family like the counselors did for me and my siblings. GAC is also just an wonderful place full of fun activities where you really get to figure out who you are and what you're really good at. It also is really nice that there are no phones or computers to be distracted by, giving everyone a chance to learn how to talk to people face to face and have actual conversations.

Pumba

Land Director
Pumba

Land Director

Year at GAC:

5th

Hometown:

Meridian, MS

School:

University of Southern Mississippi

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Sushi
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I already am Pumba and living with no worries! Hakuna Matata!
What you're most looking forward to:Being back in the sunny Sierras!!!

Strawberry

Arts & Crafts Counselor
Strawberry

Arts & Crafts Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Ashland, OR

School:

University of Oregon

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:I think you can probably guess...
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Alice from Alice in Wonderland so I could have a cat that floats around with a smile and have tea parties everyday.
What you're most looking forward to:I'm looking forward to making s'mores by the fire and telling stories with everyone.

Swift

Arts & Crafts Counselor
Swift

Arts & Crafts Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Culiacan, Sinaloa, México

School:

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Lasagna
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Hermione Granger. She is super smart, brave and kind. I would love to be able to do magic like her. (Also, I'm super tiny so I'd finally use magic to reach things from top shelves.)
What you're most looking forward to:Sleep under the stars, eat a lot of smores and make friends and memories to remember forever!

Activity Counselors: Horse Staff

Beret

Wrangler
Beret

Wrangler

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Mexico City, Mexico

School:

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Favorite food:Shrimp
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Little Prince. It is one of my favorite books, I love dreaming about crazy things and helping others.
What you're most looking forward to:I want to spend a great summer. Meet new friends and learn about their cultures and ways of thinking. I am looking forward to give my best at camp.

Diggs

Wrangler
Diggs

Wrangler

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Ouro Branco, Brazil

School:

IFMG

Favorite food:Chicken
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Odin
What you're most looking forward to:Grow as a person and have new experiences!

Mikado

Wrangler
Mikado

Wrangler

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Alicante, Spain

School:

The University of Edinburgh

Favorite food:PIzza
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Katniss Everdeen, because of her determination and how she cares about the people she loves.
What you're most looking forward to:To have the best summer ever, be part of and shape a community.

Rocks

Horses Head
Rocks

Horses Head

Year at GAC:

3rd

Hometown:

Lincoln, UK

School:

Bishop Burton College

Favorite food:Marshmallows especially toasted ones
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Hiccup, I think he has the coolest world to live in! Imagine having your own dragon friend and going flying together it would be just so much fun! Also, he is very kind, speaks his mind and is absolutely loyal which I admire
What you're most looking forward to:Can’t wait to get back out on the beautiful lakeside trails with the horses and campers playing the stick game through the pines.

Smiley

Wrangler
Smiley

Wrangler

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Brighton, UK

Favorite food:Anything homemade
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Donkey from Shrek, I’ve got a lot of layers.
What you're most looking forward to:Spending time in nature with good people and animals. To have the best summer ever!

Activity Counselors: Waterfront Staff

Birks

Waterfront Counselor
Birks

Waterfront Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Mountain Home, AR

School:

University of Arkansas

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Bananas and peanut butter!!!
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Phineas from Phineas and Ferb - because who wouldn't want to make every day of summer the best day ever with your best friend?
What you're most looking forward to:The sunshine, water, and all of the people I'm going to meet!

Fin

Waterfront Counselor
Fin

Waterfront Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Lake District, UK

School:

Leeds Beckett University

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Anything spicy.
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Dr. Dolittle because I like to talk to animals and pretend they talk back!
What you're most looking forward to:Escaping from modern life and getting in touch with nature.

Frizz

Waterfront Counselor
Frizz

Waterfront Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Southampton, UK

School:

Itchen Sixth Form College

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Chinese Takeaway and Ice Cream!!
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Smurfette from The Smurfs because she's strong, independent, kind hearted and just all around fabulous!
What you're most looking forward to:Having the most unforgettable summer making memories, in the sun, by the water and of course making new friends!

Jeans

Waterfront Counselor
Jeans

Waterfront Counselor

Year at GAC:

5th

Hometown:

Simi Valley, CA

School:

Arizona State University

Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

Favorite food:Acai
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Eleven from Stranger Things. She's loyal, strong, and always helps her friends. She also has mind powers which is pretty cool too.
What you're most looking forward to:Spending the summer with some of my favorite people and wake surfing of course.

Magic

Waterfront Counselor
Magic

Waterfront Counselor

Year at GAC:

10th

Hometown:

San Francisco, CA

School:

High Point University

Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

Favorite food:Strawberries
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?The Little Mermaid
What you're most looking forward to:Expanding my GAC family!

Pretzel

Waterfront Counselor
Pretzel

Waterfront Counselor

Year at GAC:

12th

Hometown:

Frankfurt, Germany

School:

IE Business School Madrid

Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

Favorite food:Pretzels of course!
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Buzz Lightyear because I've always wanted to go to infinity and beyond!
What you're most looking forward to:Evening sunset knee/ski/wake sessions on Shaver followed by campfires with lots of fun games, stories, and s'mores!

Sage

Waterfront Counselor
Sage

Waterfront Counselor

Year at GAC:

8th

Hometown:

Long Beach, CA

School:

UC Santa Barbara

Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

Favorite food:BREAD
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Merida from Brave, she is fearless, powerful, adventure seeking, independent, and has the coolest long red hair!
What you're most looking forward to:I can't wait to sleep under the stars, meet new friends, see old friends, enjoy nightly campfires, and breathe the fresh air!

Squatch

Waterfront Counselor
Squatch

Waterfront Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Lisbon, IA

School:

Iowa State University

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Potatoes
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Michael Scott because I love to make people laugh and treat everyone like they're my family!
What you're most looking forward to:I'm looking forward to spending time in the sun and on the water in the beautiful outdoors! I'm also excited to meet so many new faces!

Sundance

Waterfront Counselor
Sundance

Waterfront Counselor

Year at GAC:

9th

Hometown:

San Diego, CA

School:

University of Arizona

Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

Favorite food:I know it's a dessert but I love Drumsticks!
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Fix It Felix! All my friends ask me to fix the things they break and I've always been able to so they have generously given me the nickname of Fix It Felix.
What you're most looking forward to:Being able to have fun with my campers and continue my years at GAC!

Van

Waterfront Counselor
Van

Waterfront Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Fort Wayne, IN

School:

Indiana University

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Bananas and peanut butter on toast.
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Elastigirl because I admire her independence and confidence. (Also her superpowers are pretty cool too.)
What you're most looking forward to:Spending my summer outdoors in California (I've never been farther west than Chicago, Illinois!) and meeting a bunch of new people!

Zeppelin

Waterfront Counselor
Zeppelin

Waterfront Counselor

Year at GAC:

9th

Hometown:

Newport Beach, CA

School:

Stanford University

Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

Favorite food:Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Princess Poppy from Trolls because she always has so much energy and goes on adventures.
What you're most looking forward to:Being back at camp, sleeping under the stars, and making new friends!

Activity Counselors: Sailing Staff

Books

Sailing Head
Books

Sailing Head

Year at GAC:

11th

Hometown

Belmont Shore, Long Beach, CA

School:

Chapman University

Favorite food:Espresso drinks, especially cortados
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Andy Dwyer from Parks and Rec because he is such a positive and fun loving guy. Plus I also get to be his alter egos Johnny Karate and Burt Macklin, FBI!
What you're most looking forward to:Fresh air, starry nights, and Will-oooooooooooooooooo

Calico

Sailor
Calico

Sailor

Year at GAC:

5th

Hometown

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

School:

Wake Forest University

Favorite food:Anything with dark chocolate!
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Destiny from the movie "Finding Dory" because I'm obsessed with Whale Sharks.
What you're most looking forward to:I'm looking forward to meeting new people, creating memories, and exploring new adventures.

Curly

Sailor
Curly

Sailor

Year at GAC:

11th

Hometown

San Francisco, CA

Favorite food:Chile Verde Burrito or Taco
Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Kaladin from The Stormlight Archive at the point in his life when he is learning to use his powers. It would cool to fly and to discover the limits of abilities that hadn't been seen before.
What you're most looking forward to: I am looking forward to being on the water and in the sun all summer, and meeting some amazing people.

Oyster

Sailor
Oyster

Sailor

Year at GAC:

2nd

Hometown

Norwich, England

School:

University of Leeds

Favorite food:Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barbecue Sauce: "The Sauce Is The Boss."
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would love to be Spider-Man. I wish I could swing around skyscrapers, it would be so exhilarating!
What you're most looking forward to:Bonding as a cabin around the campfire and spending every day up in the beautiful Sierras. Of course, I'm also looking forward to sailing with lots of wonderful people on Huntington Lake!

Reef

Sailor
Reef

Sailor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown

Lake District, UK

School:

Ullswater Community College

Favorite food:Olives!!!!
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter) Luna is unique, she is true to herself no matter what anyone else says. She is kind, brave and of course a little bit quirky.
What you're most looking forward to:I am so excited to unplug, explore a new part of the world, and meet a load of new people!

Activity Counselors: Rocks and Ropes Staff

Agave

Rocks & Ropes Counselor
Agave

Rocks & Ropes Counselor

Year at GAC:

2nd

Hometown:

San Luis Obispo, CA

School:

Cuesta

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Any pasta
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Virginia from the 10th Kingdom, she was so brave and kind.
What you're most looking forward to:Definitely the beautiful views and stars at night as well as all the fun adventures that camp brings!

Dinky

Rocks & Ropes Counselor
Dinky

Rocks & Ropes Counselor

Year at GAC:

8th

Hometown:

La Canada, CA

School:

The University of Texas at Austin

Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

Favorite food:Tater tots
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?A minion from Despicable Me!!! Not for any real reason, I just love them and think they're so funny.
What you're most looking forward to:Being back in the Sierras with old and new friends!!!

Flick

Rocks & Ropes Counselor
Flick

Rocks & Ropes Counselor

Year at GAC:

8th

Hometown:

Fresno, Calilfornia

School:

American University

Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

Favorite food:Noodles
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Merida because she's so cool, strong, and independent
What you're most looking forward to:I can't wait to see everyone and be back in the great outdoors

Heinz

Rocks & Ropes Counselor
Heinz

Rocks & Ropes Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Cleethorpes, UK

School:

University of Leeds

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Steak
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Tony Stark, I'd love to fly around in one of those suits.
What you're most looking forward to:Spending summer outdoors, free from technology

Kinder

Rocks & Ropes Head
Kinder

Rocks & Ropes Head

Year at GAC:

4th

Hometown:

Nottingham, UK

School:

University of Hull

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Toad in the Hole
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Peter Pan because I never really want to become a grown up.
What you're most looking forward to:Meeting new people and seeing old friends. Also unplugging and breathing the fresh mountain air.

Koala

Rocks & Ropes Counselor
Koala

Rocks & Ropes Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Murwillumbah, Australia

School:

University of Queensland

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Chocolate
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Dora the Explorer because I am always eager to go on adventures and explore the world... and who doesn't want a monkey as a best friend?!
What you're most looking forward to:Meeting everyone, making memories and sleeping under the stars!

Lyric

Rocks & Ropes Counselor
Lyric

Rocks & Ropes Counselor

Year at GAC:

11th

Hometown:

Studio City, CA

School:

Los Angeles Valle College

Were you a camper at GAC:

Yes

Favorite food:BBQ Chicken Pizza
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Simba from The Lion King because he is always looking for adventure, selfless, and is willing to help his family and friends.
What you're most looking forward to:Going back to live in the great outdoors, meeting new friends and creating new ones, and going on the High Ropes Course

Nala

Rocks & Ropes Counselor
Nala

Rocks & Ropes Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Strourbridge, UK

School:

Birmingham City University

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Noodle soup.
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Lara Croft. She's super intelligent, brave and always up for an adventure!
What you're most looking forward to:Meeting lots of new people and spending my summer in the great outdoors!

Yoshi

Rocks & Ropes Counselor
Yoshi

Rocks & Ropes Counselor

Year at GAC:

3rd

Hometown:

Nottingham, England

School:

University of Salford

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Ice cream!
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Superman, I could fly anywhere I wanted and would always be able to heat up my food with my laser vision!
What you're most looking forward to:I am looking forward to making new friends and having fun out in the sunshine!

Activity Counselors: Backpacking

Pika

Backpacking Counselor
Pika

Backpacking Counselor

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Chicago, IL

School:

UC Santa Cruz

Favorite food:Tofu
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Rey from Star Wars. She is strong, brave, smart, and got to go on an epic adventure. Plus I would get to wield a lightsaber and use the force!
What you're most looking forward to:Playing in nature, smiling and laughing lots, meeting new people and being part of a camp community

Photo & Video Staff

April

Photographer
April

Photographer

Year at GAC:

2nd

Hometown:

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

School:

University of Salford

Favorite food:Mango
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Mia from The Princess Diaries because I'm awkward and fall over a lot (seriously... a lot.) Maybe one day I'll get to be a princess too?
What you're most looking forward to:Seeing old friends, meeting new friends, spending the summer in the beautiful Sierras and capturing photos of campers having the time of their lives!

Moose

Photography Department Head
Moose

Photography Department Head

Year at GAC:

2nd

Hometown:

Toronto, Canada

School:

University of Central Florida

Favorite food:Pasta
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Hermione from Harry Potter! She is a super awesome, kind, caring, adventurous wizard, who wouldn’t want to be her! I would love to live at Hogwarts and be friends with Harry Potter. Also, my high school was across from Hogwarts at Universal so I kinda went there 😉
What you're most looking forward to:Meeting new friends, enjoying the fresh air, getting rid of my phone, stargazing, and most of all taking pictures of all you lovely people!

Sephy

Lead Videographer
Sephy

Lead Videographer

Year at GAC:

3rd

Hometown:

Stourbridge, UK

School:

University of Nottingham

Favorite food:Fajitas
Were you a camper at GAC:

No

If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I'd be Matilda because we're both a little bit magical & great at making pancakes
What you're most looking forward to:Campfire s'mores & spending days out on the lake at Shave

Support Staff

Almond

Kitchen Assistant
Almond

Kitchen Assistant

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico

School:

Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Pizza and chocolate, for sure!
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?The little mermaid. I'd love to be half human and half fish so I could breathe underwater, swim as fast as a sea animal and have beautiful hair at the same time.
What you're most looking forward to:Eat a lot of roasted marshmallows, smores and make new friends!

Ateles

Maintenance
Ateles

Maintenance

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Bucaramanga, Colombia

School:

Universidad cooperativa de colombia

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Pasta
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Nightcrawler, so I could escape the traffic with a jump.
What you're most looking forward to:To make friends and memories I will never forget.

Bat

Kitchen Assistant
Bat

Kitchen Assistant

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Istanbul, Turkey

School:

Istanbul University

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Pancake
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?I would be Aladdin. Because he has a genie with him which will do whatever he wants.
What you're most looking forward to:Being able to visit Grand Canyon National Park after camp!

Bingster

Doctor - Mini Camp
Bingster

Doctor - Mini Camp

Year at GAC:

1st

Hometown:

Roseville, CA

School:

UC Berkeley

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Pasta
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Hermione from Harry Potter because I wish I had her beaded bag with the undetectable extension charm to bring backpacking and first aid equipment.
What you're most looking forward to:Being outdoors.

Bitter

Kitchen Assistant
Bitter

Kitchen Assistant

Year at GAC:

3rd

Hometown:

Istanbul, Turkey

School:

Istanbul Technical University

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Burgers 🍔
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Road Runner. I love running too much 🙂
What you're most looking forward to:Coming back to GAC and sleeping under the stars!

Blueberry

Kitchen Assistant
Blueberry

Kitchen Assistant

Year at GAC:

2nd

Hometown:

Tlaxcala, Mexico

School:

ITA

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Chocolate in all its presentations
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Vanellope Von Scheweetz, because she is a naughty girl full of curiosity, cheerful, optimistic and very determined, she always looks for a way to achieve what she wants. She is also very active and has a sweet heart.
What you're most looking forward to:Enjoy the most beautiful sunsets and living outdoors.

Bon Bon

Ops & Rindercella
Bon Bon

Ops & Rindercella

Year at GAC:

10th

Hometown:

Palatine, IL

School:

Purdue University

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Pizza (Deep dish). And Goldie’s birthday cakes.
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Lego Batman. That dude is hilarious.
What you're most looking forward to:The smell of the Sierras at 8,000ft, nothing like it!

Fish

Doctor - Session 4
Fish

Doctor - Session 4

Year at GAC:

13th

Hometown:

Davis, CA

School:

UCLA

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:coffee ice cream
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?George (Nancy Drew's sidekick) because she was a steady and loyal friend.
What you're most looking forward to:Fresh air, paddle boarding, climbing the Face, READING, READING, READING!

Milo

Kitchen Assistant
Milo

Kitchen Assistant

Year at GAC:

5th

Hometown:

Lake Elsinore, CA

School:

Cal State Fullerton

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Anything Spicy!
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Velma Dinkley- She's smart, curious, has an affinity for solving mysteries, and confident!
What you're most looking forward to:I look forward to enjoying another year in the Sierras with great people and of course, the fresh air!

Pikachu

Camp Mom
Pikachu

Camp Mom

Year at GAC:

6th

Hometown:

Auckland, NZ

School:

NZ Police 👮‍♀️

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:That is a hard question because I love food!! I guess it would be a yummy salmon salad 🥗
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Moana - she never gave up even when the going got tough and seemed impossible.
What you're most looking forward to:Coming back to camp 20 years after my first year of going and getting to meet a whole heap of really cool kids! I am also so excited that my son Tate will get to experience this AMAZING place and making lifelong friends like I did.

Ryder

Doctor - Session 1
Ryder

Doctor - Session 1

Year at GAC:

8th

Hometown:

Gold River, CA

School:

Kaiser Permanente

Were you a camper at GAC:

No

Favorite food:Lychees
If you could be any fictional character, what character would you be and why?Aang. I just want to be an Avatar.

 

 

 

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