Summer is such an exciting and busy time for the Friendship Club staff and all the girls in our program. Not only do the girls get a break from school, but also the opportunity to learn, grow and spend time with their Friendship Club family. Each summer, the girls participate in a variety of learning clinics in areas of interest to them. They also attend a week-long camp with girls in their grade level. Summer camps and clinics are such an important part of our program, as they allow the girls to bond and prepare for the year ahead.
For our new girls who will be entering 6th grade, New Friends Camp is a way for them to get to know each other, the staff and what it means to be a part of The Friendship Club. This camp will focus on fun activities that allow everyone to become better acquainted, trust one another, and feel safe together. This camp provides the foundation for the girls to build trusting, healthy relationships that will carry them through their lives.
All of our high school girls will be attending camp at Jackson Lake. In this beautiful natural setting, the girls will participate in yoga, art, cooking, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking and many team building activities.
This year, we are offering 11 clinics that begin mid-June and run through the first week of August. Each clinic is 2-3 days long for a few hours per day. Clinic areas this summer include Cooking & Baking, Art with Community Canvas, Glass Fusing, Photography, Photo Editing with Photoshop, Archery, Gymnastics, Science Explorations, CPR and First Aid, Water Fun and Outdoor Fun. Girls also have the opportunity to sign up Book Friends Fridays at the Book Seller. Here they get to listen to a story, pick out a book to add to their own personal library, then go to the Grass Valley Library to read. As part of Book Friends, we will have a Literary Tea. This event includes a high tea and a presentation from a local author. We are excited that local poet, Kirsten Casey, will be the featured author this year!
As always, our summer program is made possible by the efforts of our amazing staff and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for clinics or any other summer programs, please contact Volunteer Manager, Cindy Hintz at 265-4311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.