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11 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Work for Go Girls! Camp

By now you might already know how amazing Go Girls! Camp is for the girls who join us each summer. Maybe your daughter continues to join us year after year. Or maybe you’ve attended one of our free webinars. Maybe you’re across the country, or the world, and while the Go Girls! in your life might not be able to attend camp, maybe you want to keep up with us anyway.

But what you might not already know is that working at Go Girls! Camp is just as fun as attending!

 

Help prepare girls to lead a Compassion Revolution

This one is a no brainer. Every day at Go Girls! Camp we use our own methodology to inspire and reinforce social/emotional skills in our campers. We do this in a variety of fun ways, and we break down what seems complicated into bite-sized pieces in our Culture Code.

 

Wear cool Go Girls! gear

Lets face it: Who doesn’t want to wear one of our amazing logos on every piece of clothing possible?! Our staff gets access to new designs, colors, and styles as well as an excuse to wear their gear as much as possible!

 

Make a play and change the world

Can a play really change the world? We definitely think so. Seeing the transformation many of our campers experience from the first day of camp to the moment they take their final bow is a pretty transformative experience for our staff members, too.

 

Gain amazing professional and personal development at staff training

We want our staff to feel empowered by their work at Go Girls! Camp, so our training is a lot more than camp policy and powerpoint presentations. You’ll immerse yourself in our program, Culture Code, and methodology as you make new friends and prepare your own play, just like our Go Girls! do.

 

Free massages mid-summer

At Go Girls! Camp we know that doing amazing, life-changing work is part of why our staff joins us and keeps returning for more. But we also know that work like that is HARD. So every summer our staff comes together for a little R-and-R, Go Girls! style.

 

Learn Kidpower

Go Girls! Camp works closely with Kidpower, an international leader in teaching positive, practical personal safety skills to protect people of all ages and abilities, both in our camps (during Kidpower sessions) and in our overall methodology. This partnership is great for our girls and staff members—we even find ourselves using Trash Can Power once in a while!

 

Work with an amazing team of artists

We think our staff members are the best of the best: inspiring leaders, compassionate teachers, and phenomenal artists. And you could join the ranks! Besides being talented in their respective disciplines, our expressive artists are generous teachers to campers and other staff.

 

End every day of camp with a dance party

Our camp days are pretty long and while they’re filled to the brim with fun activities, free play, and time to chill, we think the best way to end the day and prepare to start fresh in the morning is to have a camp-wide dance party! Now tell us, how many other jobs can offer that as a perk?

 

Practice mindfulness each day of camp

We love approaching all of our work from a place of mindfulness, but sometimes the day-to-day gets in the way. At Go Girls! Camp we not only emphasize this practice, we make special time for it. We think it’s a great way to reconnect, recharge, and avoid burnout.

 

Learn from Lynn and Allison

Our co-founders are amazing leaders and some of the most inspiring women we know. Working with Go Girls! Camp means working directly with and learning from Lynn and Allison. They’re always popping into camp, leading Kidpower workshops, and working with staff to make sure everyone is getting the most from their Go Girls! Camp experience.

 

Be celebrated for exactly who you are!

Our two-week camp leads up to the “big show” at each location, where Go Girls! not only create the story but also get to be who—or what—ever they want to be. Robot Monkey? Check. The President?  Duh. Robot Monkey President?  Why not? All we’re asking this summer is that they aim to #BeAmazing. And that goes for our staff members, too!

Are you sold? Check out our job openings here!

Change the World, One Idea at a Time

imageOne of the most amazing things about the Internet is the ability we have to connect with people all over the world: to share stories, gather inspiration, and make a difference. There are articles and lists of influential women popping up every day, but even these inspiring stories can make us feel like our daily efforts are meaningless.

Being a young activist/feminist/Go Girl! isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s hard to wrap your head around doing anything world-changing in between taking biology classes and studying for state exams. The influential women we’ve been celebrating this month are successful, revolutionary, and most of them are all grown up. 

And you may have these ideas for innovating your school’s lunch line system, supporting a local organization, or for setting up an adoption clinic for stray animals, but you feel like you’re too young, or that no one will take you seriously, or that you’re unprepared and stupid and the idea isn’t good enough and—

stop.

Take a breath, and start again. Because even one small step in the direction of your goals is so huge, especially if it feels tiny and unimportant. Just putting your ideas out into the world—no matter how fresh, or unfleshed, or far from the final plan they are—makes them real. It holds you accountable, even if your dog is the only one you’ve told. It creates momentum in the universe. It motivates you to build upon it, or to create something new. And most importantly, it challenges you.

So take the next step, even if you’re afraid of the feedback. Find the people who support your plans, can help you build upon them, and who will set your ideas in motion. You can be the next Emma Watson, Roxane GaySusan B. Anthony, or any form of influential you want to be!

Finding a Space of One’s Own

036-virginia-woolf-theredlistLate, that’s the kind of writer I am today. Even blogs have deadlines, and the kind colleague who gets my entries posted doesn’t complain that this will arrive in her inbox well past her bedtime. And still I sit here, taking my time, trying to turn thoughts and words over in my mind…

When I type I sit at a slim, navy blue desk with two shelves attached. A cream-colored bulletin board covered in fabric and crisscrossed with grosgrain ribbon claims a collection of artifacts. A small crowd of dishes waits for my attention just through the door to the kitchen. A plump Siamese purrs and dozes in my lap.

And as I sit at my computer, typing this, I think again and again of Virginia Woolf.

Okay, my BA in English might give me away, but I love Virginia Woolf. Not only because of her writing, which has pinned me down and laid me bare with it’s devastating, passionate precision on many a night. But also for how, in A Room of One’s Own, she gave me permission to work toward something that belongs to me.

Her slim volume addressed the specifics of writing fiction, but I believe that her creed, “a woman must have money and a room of her own,” is true. In order to work and create something, anything, that is important to you, there must be some space, actual and psychic, in which to do it, and an income to keep your tummy filled and your PG&E bill paid.What astonishes me is that women continue to create and achieve, even without such a personal environment, however humble. And continue to suffer from the lack of that space and those means, too.

And I have this now, space to call my own, this apartment. It’s tiny by some standards, just two rooms. The kitchen is spacious though, and contains my very first breakfast nook, filled with sunshine most days. It could be argued that, being an introvert, my temperament demands this retreat, and that more social creatures don’t need it. What I would say is that being able to acknowledge what one needs to move in the world, and then assuming the freedom to attain and use those prescriptions, is what is important.

I trust Ms. Woolf would agree. Solitude, community, a room of one’s own, a garden, a kitchen table. That we as women can say it, and own it, and achieve it without apology or fear or undue hardship. “So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.” What matters is that you can do the things that you desire, and that you do. “Anything can happen when womanhood ceases to be a protected occupation”…

I’m not a Mean Girl. I’m not a Good Girl. I am a Go Girl!

We just love to hate “mean girls”, don’t we.  Okay then, let’s go there.  Let’s talk about “mean girls”.  Warning: This blog post features curse words and feminism.  This blog post tells the truth.

Check out the 7 minute video from The Today Show from their feature “Are mean girls getting meaner?”  And please do watch the whole thing.

Labels are useful for canned goods.  However, they suck for people….especially our kids.  If I label myself or am labeled as a “mean girl,” then, everything I do will be seen in the context of my label.  “OMG, I can’t believe she was so nice to me.  Usually, she is a total mean girl.” OR “I am not at all surprised she said that about you.  She is such a mean girl.”  Once we label our kids, they start to believe these labels.  A canned good may be able to promise consistency – all of the ingredients you read on that label will most likely be in the can.  People, for better and for worse, are not that consistent.  No one can be nice or mean or anything else all the time.  This is what makes us human.

Don’t we just love to hate “mean girls?”

The experts in this video share a lot of smart stuff about how to support our daughters with bullying.  However, what bothers and frightens me so much is how much this segment reinforces our “love to hate mean girls” culture.  It pits the “good girls” against the “mean girls” so dramatically.  Just look at the 4 theater girls (another label) they interviewed who are doing the anti-bullying play.  These girls are talking about the “mean girls” they know as if they are completely different from themselves.  They are talking about “mean girls” as if they themselves have never used their own power in inappropriate ways, never made a bad choice to appeal to their friends and peers. And all of this is reinforced later in the clip when Maria Shriver asks the experts “how do we give the power to the good girls?” Yikes.  What does that mean?

We have a saying at Go Girls!…it’s the chorus to our Go Girls! theme song…

I’m not a mean girl.  I’m not a good girl.  I am a Go Girl!”

I can guarantee you that all 4 of those “theater girls” – the ones that were made to appear so “good” – have all struggled with their own power.  I can guarantee you they have said unkind words to and/or about another girl.  They may not be guilty of bullying per se, but I know that every kid has behaved in ways that have lacked empathy, hurt someone else’s feelings, and been down right mean.  Just like every kid has made choices that are loving, kind, and courageous.

Our girls are still a little young for us to go into a deep exploration of misogyny (the hatred of women and girls) but we can bring it up here for a second, can’t we?  No matter how many advances women and girls have made in American culture, we still live in a society that dislikes us.  We are bombarded everyday with messages about how we should look and act, what we should say and not say.  The messages aim to remind us that we are not in charge…not even of ourselves.  So, we receive the messages loud and clear that we have 2 choices.  We can be a “good girl” and do everything right (meaning, never do anything wrong) OR we can be the “mean girl,” the “bitch, ” the “slut” or whatever you want to call it.  And, given this incredibly damaging and limiting choice, we are left only with the option to turn against each other and ourselves.  This is when bullying happens.  They is when eating disorders happen.  This is when suicide happens.

The first lines of our theme song are:

I am proud, so proud, proud of me.  I am exactly the kind of girl that I want to be.”

The number one place these experts are 100% right is when they talk about how important it is to validate and support our girls to “be themselves.” We must get rid of the labels and make space for our girls to express every part of themselves.  When I think about tips for Bullying Awareness Month, here is what I want all of us to walk away from this month with: LET’S STOP CALLING GIRLS “MEAN GIRLS” and STOP CALLING GIRLS “GOOD GIRLS”.  We have to insist on more choices for girls in our society.  We have to insist on and build pathways for girls to connect to each other and themselves.  We have to make it okay for girls to be able to make mistakes and know that they can make a different choice tomorrow in how they treat people.  If we can collectively throw out the terms “mean girl” and “good girl” we can do the radical act of dismantling our misogynist society and build a world that values and can benefit from the gifts girls bring.

This post is #21 of 25 Tips to Teach Your Daughter to Respect Herself, Command Respect, and Respect Others.  Wanna make sure you get all 25 Tips for Bullying Awareness Month?  CLICK HERE and we’ll send ‘em right to your email!

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