News from Rosie’s Girls 2021 Camps!
Rosie’s Girls Camp is underway for the summer! It is so exciting to be back, offering in-person camps for middle school girls, non-binary, and gender non-conforming youth.
This week, VWW is leading Rosie’s Girls in Essex, our third week of camp this month.
Community partners have already hosted camp in Barnet and Bellows Falls earlier in July; this partner model allows us to expand our programs to more areas of the state, introducing even more youth to the fields of STEM and skilled trades.
Today, in Essex, campers focused on decorating the birdhouses they constructed using paint and wood burners. For some participants, building the birdhouse was the first time they had picked up a hammer or a screwdriver. Others, who were taught by family members, focused on improving their skillset.
Growth was the theme of the day as participants learned about the difference between a growth and fixed mindset during Power Skill time. Rosie’s Girls Power Skills are social and emotional skills to help youth navigate their life, career path and relationships.
Several campers shared moments in their lives when they chose to have a growth mindset and believe in themselves and their abilities, and used challenges, mistakes or failures as growth opportunities.
For one camper, it meant getting back on the mountain bike and attempting a section of the trail over and over again until she could hold on. For others, it was joining a sport with little to no previous experience and practicing, practicing, practicing until they could hold their own on the team.
Participants saw growth in themselves at camp as well. When building a birdhouse proved to be a challenge, campers leaned on teamwork to complete the project. For another camper, painting the birdhouse was a time of inner reflection and the experience ignited an interest in becoming an artist.
We look forward to bringing Rosie’s Girls to several more communities this summer – Winooski, Barre and Swanton! It’s important to VWW to support girls, non-binary, and gender non-conforming youth to explore their passions, try new things, take risks, and go for it, because WE CAN DO ANYTHING!
Rosie’s Girls Summer Camps are funded by a Vermont Afterschool Summer Matters Grant and many other generous supporters, including Community National Bank, Concept2, George W. Mergens Foundation, Genentech STEM Education Fund, Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust, Langwater Foundation, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Lucy Downing Nisbet Charitable Fund, North Country Federal Credit Union, Northfield Savings Bank Foundation, Oakland Foundation, Robert Fleming and Jane Howe Patrick Foundation, Rona Jaffe Foundation, Verizon, and Vermont Women’s Fund. Thank you!