More than 90 girls at this year’s “Just Imagine” Girls Inc. summer camp spent four weeks building friendships, broadening their horizons, developing new interests and strengthening their self-confidence.

Girls at Summer Camp

The first week of programming focused on the “Strong” in our mission statement, and featured activities related to health, nutrition, and athletic activity. Girls worked on sportsmanship and basic athletic skills in “Sporting Chance” and focused on anatomy in “The Human Body,” and the older girls learned first aid and safe child care in “Safe Sitter®” classes. Campers pumped up the volume with Zumba®,  learned about dairy and nutrition from The American Dairy Association, and went out on the town for a skating field trip and a tour of the Ruth Lilly Health Education Center.

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Our “Smart” week of programming included coding video games with volunteers from Coder Do Jo, flexing mental muscles in an algebra workshop, and taking a field trip to the Girls Inc. offices to learn about architecture and interior design with former Girls Inc. board chair Barb Fleming. The girls also worked on their own fashion designs and handmade jewelry with the Indianapolis Art Center, got creative with Pottery By You, and visited the Indiana Fever Be INspired Event, a Girls Inc. Women in Sports Career Experience provided by Chase. The girls had fun learning the basics of the marketplace by creating their own products to sell for “Girl Bucks” at the Economic Literacy Carnival.

View slideshow of the girls using their imaginations at camp!

Our “Bold” girls in the third week of camp designed their own self-esteem-promoting books as part of Redefining Beauty and challenged stereotypes in Media Literacy programs. They wrote their own music and lyrics to perform with Girls Rock! Indianapolis and learned choreographed dance moves with Shantel’s Hip Hop dance class. Younger girls took a field trip to the Rhythm Discovery Center to explore the art of percussion, while older girls planned for their futures during a campus visit to Ivy Tech.

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In the last week of “Inspired” programs, the girls attended Young Actors Theater and worked on their stage presence and learned step dancing routines. They visited the Purdue University School of Engineering to engage in hands-on experiments. The girls were special guests at the Girls Inc. Touchstone Awards, where they presented exhibits to 400 guests to share what they learned at summer camp and listened to girl-centered advice from our inspiring 2014 Honorees. The girls spent their last day of camp performing in a talent show for parents and celebrating their summer of growth and learning.

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Thank you to our amazing summer camp staff who made the magic possible!