GROW’s Tie-Dye Day

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!

Camp Kindness Day at TIC

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.

GROWing Perspective

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.