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.
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 GoGirls! 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.
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!
Some of you are like, “Are you crazy? You have to be on top of it to get into the camps you want. I’ve had my summer 2014 schedule planned before Christmas, thank you very much.” Some of you are like, “Are you crazy? It’s January! I can’t think about summer camps yet. Where ever there is still space is where my kid will go.” And, you know what, you are both right. After over a decade in this summer camp business now, I find that both and all kinds of parents are successful at getting their kids into super cool summer camps. You know why? Because summer camp is just generally super cool…that’s why! Whether your kid is into the arts, or sports, or science, of nature, or ANYTHING ELSE, you can find a summer camp where she will get to do that thing, ALL DAY. I can’t think of anything better than that.
*We love hearing from thoughtful dads who are working hard to make sure their daughters grow up strong — especially as Father’s Day approaches. Love this post from Marcus Williams and Joanna Schroeder on The Good Men Project, which suggest 25 rules “to help build close bonds between daddies and their little girls.” Our favorite? “Teach her that she has power over her own body and sexuality: From when she’s small, tell her that her body belongs to her, and she is the boss of it. As she gets older, teach her that her body isn’t to be used in the effort to win love or approval, or to manipulate others. Teach her that sex is beautiful, and that choices to have and not have sex both carry power and integrity, as long as she is true to herself.”
*And speaking of great advice, author Annie Fox has got some wise words for dads on her blog post It Take a Real Man to be a Dad. It includes gems like: “Catch them in the act of doing something right. Some fathers believe you teach responsibility by berating kids when they mess up. That’s actually backwards and Dad knows it. Unacceptable behavior is unacceptable. No quibble there. But your kid is more likely to do the right thing consistently when you notice. You don’t need to throw a pizza party or give out gold stickers. Just say something simple like: ‘It was nice of you to help your brother with his homework.” End of celebration. Simply praise the behavior you want to see more of. It works with kids. Spouses, too.” Maybe pass it on to dads in your life?
*There are so many great quotes about parenting and fatherhood, but we love this sweet one from actor Christopher Meloni, that shows that children shape parents just as parents shape children: “The surprising thing about fatherhood was finding my inner mush. Now I want to share it with the world.” Do you have a quote or poem that you love about fathers, daughters, or parenting? Share it with us!
*ONE LAST THING: Have you seen our Welcome to Camp video yet? Check out how excited Lynn and Allison are that Go Girls! Camps are about to start!
*Some great parenting food-for-thought from Christine Gross-Loh, author of Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us: Gross-Loh argues, among other things, that parents need to let their kids take risks, go hungry from time to time and “fuel their feelings of frustration.” She concludes in a recent blog on The Huffington Post: “[T]hough parents around the world have the same goals, American parents like me (despite our very best intentions) have gotten it all backwards.” What do you think of her advice?
*Looking for more time to talk, exercise and just be with your girls during these last few days of school? We are inspired by this smart mom from Glendale, Calif. who “organized a walking school bus, a group of children that walks together to and from school under the supervision of an adult, usually a parent volunteer or teacher. It’s like a carpool, except without the car and traffic—with the added benefits of increased physical activity and socialization with friends and neighbors.” Read more on Good, where you will also find links that will help you set up a walking school bus of your own.
*And speaking of the end of the school year, here are some good ideas for keeping your kids creative this summer (and indulging their love of tech gadgets): Common Sense Media just published a list of great age-appropriate resources in an article called Digital Fun for Creative Kids: “Creativity is more than arts and music — making, tinkering, and experimenting are all ways kids can be creative. Whether they want to write code for a video game or make an origami crane, kids can explore their creative side with some of our favorite apps, games, and websites. Let the making begin!”
*ONE LAST THING: Make sure to check out a powerful blog by our own Lynn Johnson about helping girls be critical consumers of media, just published on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History website: “Engaging girls as makers is the best antidote to the passive consumption of the media that permeates their lives 24/7. Girls can tell their truths. They can stand up to images and ideas that make them feel unsafe, unseen, or undervalued.”
Well, if you are, you should totally come out this evening to the Summer Camps Fair at the JCC of the East Bay. We’ll be there! And you get to learn about all of the other amazing summer programs the JCC has to offer. According to the email we got about the event, there will be ” a jumpy house, nature programming, games, a camp sing-a-long and much more!” How cool is that?