At G.R.O.W. here in Virginia today, our girls decorated some tie dyed camp t-shirts! We started off our session by talking about compliments that we normally receive as girls. Some examples of compliments on this list include “I love your eyes,” “you have great style,” and “you are so pretty!” We decided that while these compliments are great, we would also love to be complimented for things other than our appearance. Then, we proceeded to make a list of compliments that we would LIKE to receive. Some of the compliments we came up with for this list included “you are so athletic,” “you are very smart,” and “you have a great sense of humor.”
After making these lists, everyone got a pre-tie dyed t shirt and a black permanent marker. On the back of the t-shirts we wrote some of the compliments that we would like to receive in “I am…” statements (“I am strong, I am brave etc.). Each girl got the opportunity to wear their t-shirt and take it home to show it off to friends and family!
On July 24, 2018, TIC participated in the America Camp Association’s Camp Kindness Day. The day was meant to highlight “the practice of intentional kindness that happens every day at American camps.” (ACA Camps website) TIC participated by writing letters to those that displayed kindness to them; wither that be a friend, family member, counselor, fellow camper, or someone else. TIC created a post and TIC VA produced a short video to celebrate the occasion.
TIC VA recently celebrated the talents of campers with a talent show. With acts ranging from comedy, to music, to magic campers and counselors bravely shared their talents with the camp for the entertainment of others. The video here showcases highlights from that event.
TIC VA Talent Show Highlights
This summer, the VA Site has been participating in TIC’s new program called G.R.O.W. (Girls Rock Our World). The goal of G.R.O.W. is to provide an intentional space where any girl campers can share their interests, ideas, and challenges with each other. Any female-identifying campers are welcome to join some of our female staff twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) for lunch to talk about the struggles and triumphs of being a female in the fields of technology and athletics.
Today, our G.R.O.W. girls did a super fun activity relating to compliments. First we discussed what kind of compliments we typically receive from boys, parents, teachers, counselors, and each other. Then we discussed what kind of compliments we would LIKE to receive from these people. Then we made paper buttons to show what we talked about that say “NOT JUST _______, I AM________”, and the girls filled in the blanks with a compliment they typically get and then one that they would like to receive.
We had a great first week at the DC Site. There was running around. Some relaxation. And more running around. Everyone is getting ready for the weekend on this rainy Friday. Card games, torpedo in the gym, and some book reading.
But camp is still just getting started. Next week there will be even more running around. And the tech projects are getting closer to completion. And our filmmakers and other artists are formulating their masterpieces!
Digital Photography Counselor
TIC MD is happy to welcome Josie back for her fourth summer with us and her second summer as part of our staff! She is a rising senior at the Connelly School of the Holy Child (our TIC MD homebase!) Outside of camp, Josie enjoys playing the violin, playing piano, tennis, drawing, and painting. Her favorite show to watch is The Office. In the future she wants to become an illustrator, animator, or a concept artist.
Michelle is excited to be back for her second summer as part of our TIC MD staff! She is a rising sophomore at Macalester College. When Michelle isn’t helping our campers with their incredible films, she enjoys Disney karaoke, eating anything chocolate, watching every Marvel movie, reading, and rowing. Luckily, she’s most passionate about filmmaking. In the future, she hopes to visit every continent, especially Antarctica because “who wouldn’t want to hang out with penguins!”
TIC MD is excited to welcome Moses back for his sixth year (wow!) as part of our staff! He recently graduated from Stanford University with a History degree. Although Moses enjoys baking bread, he says that his true passion is eating bread. He hopes to one day become a math teacher. We think Moses can make math fun for anyone!
We are excited to welcome John back for his third summer with us at TIC MD! He is an Elementary Education major at Bowie State University. John loves playing sports, reading (even though he hasn’t in a while), and being the best role model he can be. Already a teacher for GDS, he hopes to become a basketball coach as well. We think his students are very lucky to have him!
TIC MD is excited to welcome Brendan to his first year on our staff! He is currently a Cinema and Media Arts major at Vanderbilt University. His hobbies include cooking and watching short documentaries on YouTube but he is most passionate about learning interesting new things about science and pop culture. Ryan hopes to one day direct a feature-length film and/or create my own TV show. We can’t wait to watch his first premiere!