While schools and many youth serving programs close for the summer, The Friendship Club winds up for our busiest time of the year. The 8 weeks that make up the summer enrichment program are jam-packed with activities and adventures aimed towards building skills, finding passions, and expanding horizons for the 93 girls that are currently in the Club. From mid-June through the first week in August, the program ran five week-long summer camps, six multi-day special interest clinics (sewing, softball, aerial lab, line dancing, photography, and ceramics), five one day workshops and special events, and participated in six community service projects. Additionally, girls had an opportunity to participate in five Book Friend events- a series of Fridays celebrating reading and literacy in partnership with The BookSeller in Grass Valley. Over the course of the summer, girls in various groups explored gold panning and river rafting, saw the ocean for the first time during their trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, traveled into San Francisco for the first time during a visit to the Academy of Sciences, went camping for the first time, and challenged themselves on a high ropes course. Girls were able to connect with each other, create new friendships, learn about themselves, and build lasting memories.