There’s Still Time!

Register by November 30 (that’s tonight!) and receive a GAC duffel bag and camp certificate to present to your child this holiday!

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This holiday, give the gift of friendship, fun, and growth!  The gift of camp lasts a lot longer than any toy. Campers learn life skills, such as independence and responsibility, while having the time of their lives.  Here’s what some of our campers have to say about why they come back to Gold Arrow Camp:

“This is my happiest place on earth.”

“Because I can be myself here and do new things.”

“Because it is a place where kids can get away from parents and meet new kids.”

“It changes me as a person A LOT! I always love making new friends. And I love all the freedom that you get. And counselors are awesome!”

“It is the best camp ever! Everyone is so nice and it is a great environment for kids. I never want to leave!”

“I love it here. It’s like a second home to me. I LOVE GAC! I want to be a counselor.”

“At GAC, the atmosphere and the people here are awesome. Also, coming to GAC is the highlight of my summer cause I have a lot of fun and I love to meet new people.”

“Because I love the way I feel when I’m here.”

“I don’t go through the pressures that are in the ‘real world.’”

“Everyone is kind and courteous and makes you feel like family.”

“I always make new friends and have so much fun.”

“It is always fun at every activity and there is support all around you.”

“I love meeting new people and I love the outdoors and the mountains.”

“I think it is a great experience and I feel lucky that I can come to the best camp. The second you walk into camp, you’re a different person.”

“I love this camp and I couldn’t imagine a summer without it.”

“I did stuff I’ve never done before, and I had amazing experiences, great friends, and awesome counselors.”

“I belonged here. I found myself.”

Happy Holidays from Gold Arrow Camp!

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Camp: One Solution to Parenting Challenges – Part 1

Parenting Challenge #1:  Too Much Screen Time, Not Enough Outside Time

Written by Audrey Monke for Gold Arrow Camp

•  Too much screen time, not enough outside time.

•  Helping kids become independent adults.

•  Everything’s a competition.

•  Good friends are hard to find.

In today’s digital, fast-moving, ultra-competitive world, raising kids who grow into healthy, happy, well-adjusted, independent adults has become more challenging for parents.  Gold Arrow Camp offers a traditional camp experience which many parents have found to benefit their child’s development of important life skills.  In partnership with parents who are focused on their child’s healthy development, Gold Arrow Camp offers a positive, child-focused outdoor camp program that counteracts some of the negative experiences children are facing in school, sports, social life, and cyber space.

Gold Arrow Camp took my city kid, who could barely ride a bike, and returned a sailing, camping, climbing, in love with the outdoors young man.

Jennifer Lansing

Parenting Challenge #1:  Too Much Screen Time, Not Enough Outside Time

In our increasingly digital world, children are spending less time outside and more time in front of screens.  The negative impact of our digital lifestyle is evident in kids’ expanding waistlines and lack of interest in being outdoors.  Whether texting, communicating on Facebook, or watching TV, our children are being inundated with digital input.  The attraction of the media is hard to resist, so most of us (including parents) simply succumb to having the near constant presence of our electronics.  Many of us find it hard to drag ourselves away from our laptops and cell phones, and often our schedules and lifestyle don’t allow for adequate time to just be outside and enjoy our natural surroundings.  Richard Louv coined the term “Nature Deficit Disorder” in his book Last Child in the Woods to describe the alarming trend of children spending less and less time outdoors.  Whether due to sensational media accounts of lost hikers that have fanned parental fears, or simply a lack of time in over-scheduled lives, children simply aren’t outside playing as much as they used to.

I learned to live without technology.
                                          -2009 Camper

Gold Arrow Camp gives kids the experience of two weeks of electronics-free fun in a rustic, natural setting.  In the heart of California’s Sierra National Forest, campers sleep in large tents on wood platforms, enjoy nightly campfires, and watch the sun set over Huntington Lake.  At night, campers count shooting stars and share stories with camp friends, and don’t even think about their TV, video games, and cell phones!

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