What do welding, cupcakes and kayaking all have in common? They were themes young women explored in the first edition of Girls Only Camp June 18-22 sponsored by the School to Work Partnership of the Warren Forest Higher Education Council. Each morning the campers began the day at the Warren County Career Center where they learned about engineering, CAD, welding, electricity and wiring with Career Center Instructors, Dan Passmore, Nate McNett, and Greg Waterman. The afternoon's activities focused on entrepreneurship, leadership and art.
Drawing on her experiences as an entrepreneur and business leader, Laura Megill spoke to the girls about the team needed to start every endeavor from a soccer league to an Internet business. The girls visited local businesses learning how a start-up moves from an in-home business to a store front at Toriella's Treats; and how flood waters forced a local entrepreneur to save a season by creating a new service at Allegheny Outfitters.
Phyllis Wright provided leadership training exercises to help each camper discover her leadership potential. A visit to Betts Industries showed career center skills in the real world of manufacturing. Each camper kept a journal of the activities and reflected on the new horizons that opened up during the week. Each camper also had an opportunity to make a cast pewter necklace - with some stunning results.
Girls Only Camp-Campers.jpg - During the first edition of Girls Only Camp, 10 Warren County girls in grades 6-8 had an opportunity try a few new skills, and explore leadership, art and cool businesses run by women. The Campers pictured are: Andrea Mortenson, Paige Conklin, Rebecca Haugh, Cailyn Scalise, Kayla Johnson, Seneca Bennett, Rivera Bennett, Erica Rafalski, Haley Justice and Emily Reitz.
"It was a busy week, and a great week for the girls," commented camp director Cindy Hartburg. "To see them trying new things and discovering they can do things they never imagined is so empowering. I think one of our campers may have found a career interest in welding. How exciting!"
To see more photos of Girls ONLY Camp and to get more information about School to Work programs and events, visit the Website at www.hi-ed.org.