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 three types of positions available at Gold Arrow Camp, Group Counselor, Activity Counselors and Office Staff.
The Group Counselor (GC) position is responsible for escorting campers to activities and participating with them at each activity. GCs are responsible for helping campers overcome fears, deal with each other, and achieve their goals. We have female and male GC spots available for this summer!
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: ACs are assigned to a specific program area and will be trained on all activities within that program area. We are still seeking Backpacking, Rocks & Ropes, Waterfront, Horses, and Sailing staff.
Backpacking counselors live in separate tents.
Our office staff work in a team to provide world-class customer service to our camp families, who come from around the world. Our office staff answer parent phone calls and email messages, help to arrange travel, scan HR documentation, and work in our camp store. They live in tents in camp, but not with campers.
We recognize that for many parents, their only interaction with camp is when they talk to our office staff, which is why we want applicants who desire to share the value and "magic" of camp with parents over the phone.
We pay a salary of $480/week. Additional stipends are available for those applicants who hold certificates such as Lifeguarding, WFA, or WFR. We provide room, board, and laundry. Travel stipends are available for those coming from outside of California.
We are currently waiting on final guidance from the state of California. However, we anticipate requiring masks for campers and staff this summer. However, our dining and sleeping areas are open-air and we already group campers by age group, so we anticipate minimal impact to our program.