Since 1933, Gold Arrow Camp has provided three generations of campers with a supportive community where their lives are enriched through the friendships they form and the experiences they have at camp.
Campers and staff return to Gold Arrow Camp year after year because of the feeling of tradition, community, and belonging that they experience. For many campers, their time at camp is what they look forward to all year long. The fun and the friendships that are built at GAC provide life-long childhood memories for our campers.
Campers gain valuable life skills from their experiences at camp. The independence, perseverance, and confidence they build at camp benefit them beyond camp in all areas of their lives. Through their participation in our structured program of over 20 different non-competitive water sports and traditional camp activities, campers are encouraged to try new things, build their skills, and take risks. The result is improved confidence and a “can do” attitude!
In our beautiful setting on Huntington Lake, in the heart of the Sierra National Forest, campers have a chance to enjoy a traditional outdoor camp, complete with rustic living and nightly campfires and getting “unplugged.” The break from cell phones, iPods, television, computers, and all electronics is one of the things that makes their time at camp so special. Campers have a chance to bond with others, build their social skills, and have fun just being a kid.
There are two types of counselor positions at Gold Arrow Camp, a Group Counselor and an Activity Counselor.
The Group Counselor (GC) is responsible for building relationships with each individual camper, facilitating and managing friendships in the cabin group, resolving conflicts, caring for the needs of each camper, and fostering growth. GCs go to activities with campers and, while on activity, they are participating alongside campers, sometimes even trying new things for the first time themselves.
The Activity Counselor (AC) position is responsible for instructing specific activities. Cabin groups
arrive at program areas where they will be assigned to specific instructors for each activity. As an AC, you are assigned to a specific area in camp: Waterfront, Sailing, Rock Climbing and Ropes Course, Target Sports, GACting, Arts and Crafts, Horses* and Backpacking*. ACs are assigned to a specific program area and will be trained on all activities within that program area.
*Backpacking Instructors and Wranglers live in separate tents.
Activity Counselors have skills in one of the following areas:
Arts & Crafts
GACting and Drama
Rock Climbing/Ropes Course