In Week 3 of Camp Ignite for Teens, our teen girls were onsite at Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center for “HorsePower” – its Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP). The sessions allowed girls to work 1:1 with Hearts staff and volunteers to practice their patience, concentration, resilience, and emotional control skills. Our teens learned to care for their horses and their needs, and worked on building trust that came with riding the horses throughout the week.
This summer marks the first Teen Summer Camp at Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara. Each week of the nine-week camp is themed around developing leadership skills, building community involvement, cultivating healthy habits, and exploring education and career opportunities after high school for girls in grades 7-12.
Girls Inc. girls participate in the HorsePower program thanks to the generous support of individual donors and grant funding. Continued participation in the program for fall 2017 and beyond is contingent upon securing additional funding. Individuals interested in supporting this opportunity for our girls can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer, the Girls Inc. Gym offers summer camp for boys and girls. In addition to the “Strong” and “Bold” messages that are a part of skill instruction, the Gym staff planned summer themes to include Girls Inc. “Smart” programming as well!
Down on the Farm: Campers made “Hopping Corn” with water, baking soda, vinegar, and corn kernels. As you add the vinegar to the mixture, the kernels start to hop up and down!
Spring into Summer: Campers worked as teams to build their summer vacation homes out of pit foam blocks. They also painted garden pots and planted seeds into their pots to take home and watch them grow this summer.
Abracadabra!: Campers made “Magic Milk” with food coloring and dish soap, causing a reaction of an explosion of colors! Campers also made “Magic Confetti” bottles to take home after their magical week.