As we write this, 5th graders from all over the world are getting ready to join us at camp for the first time. Together, they’ll build a brave space and safe community, one where they take risks, like shouting their poems into the Pacific ocean, or creating original plays in three hours starring themselves. During their time together they will break through their comfort zone to help each other succeed on the high ropes course. They’ll discover their voice, and their strengths, who they are as leaders, and how they can create change in their world.
In our Summer Overnight Program, each girl chooses a creative project. Guided by professional teaching artists, girls play, improvise and create unique works of art. These projects allow the girls to recognize, honor, and celebrate their voices through creative media.
TOOLS TO SMOOTH THE TRANSITION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL
If your middle schooler isn’t considering camp this summer, there are many ways for her to practice using her voice. Let her choose a leadership muscle she’d like to exercise. It might be learning to master conflict and healthy friendships, or practicing self-compassion to let go of perfectionism. Perhaps she’ll dive into reading about characters who step outside their comfort zone and try new things. Or she can take a break from screens, visit museums (for free), and find her voice through creative expression. The following tools were created by or sourced from Girls Leadership curriculum.
READ ABOUT BRAVE GIRLS
Books for brave middle school girls
Girl power books for middle school girls
Book Notes: Recommendations for Teens
BUILD HEALTHY FRIENDSHIPS
9 Tools for Middle Schoolers to Master Conflict
Want to raise empowered women? Start in middle school.
LET GO OF PERFECTIONISM
A Powerful New Tool for Girls’ Courage & Confidence – Self-Compassion