What happens when you bring 24 high school-aged girls and 19 successful women professionals in Connecticut together at a summer camp?
For the past several years, Girl Scouts of Connecticut has hosted Camp CEO at Camp Laurel in Lebanon. There, incredible things happen. This year from June 22-25, young women paired with their CEO buddies, including myself, to take part in a life-changing leadership program. Together, we learned about our strengths and passions, setting and achieving goals, and how each of us individually can make a positive difference in the world. We always leave Camp CEO so excited for the future!
At Camp CEO, girls take away lessons and connections they will carry with them for the rest of their adult lives. At Camp CEO, young women learn that their passions and strengths can be transferable in their future careers. They find their confidence; they break out of their shells, and realize that they can be whatever they want to be.
|This year's amazing group at Camp CEO!|
This year, the possibilities for fun and adventure were endless. We participated in traditional camp activities like swimming, kayaking, boating, crafts, horseback riding, hiking, archery, and more (phew!), but we also took on skill-building projects, learned how to do a TED Talk, interacted with a panel of impressive young professional women and participated in team building activities.
This year, we were fortunate to have GoPro cameras donated to us by the International Women’s Forum-CT. The girls quickly learned to employ these amazing little digital tools to record memories and fun activities at Camp CEO, as well as to prepare their presentations for their marketing projects.
For our main project, the girls became the marketing strategy teams for Luci Lights –totally cool solar-powered inflatable lights created by MPOWERD to support those living in “energy poverty” in developing countries. Coached by the women professionals at Camp CEO, four teams of girls created “off the charts-creative” product strategies, social media plans, and TED Talks to promote the Luci Lights. In an amazingly short time period, they used the GoPros to create commercials and video presentations to present their work. We were all so impressed with how unique and professional these projects were! The girls are true entrepreneurs!
After Camp CEO, the superlative feedback from the women who attended tells us that not only do the girls benefit from this experience, but the CEOs do, too. We learn more about ourselves in the process: as leaders, as women, and as role models to the women of tomorrow. We grow, too. And several of the women there have been back two, three, and four times.
We ended this year’s program overlooking the peaceful waters of our pond at Chapel Point. There, two of our CEO women with Native American backgrounds led the entire group in a very special dream catcher ceremony. Each girl and woman placed her charm on the dream catcher to ask for her own special dream to come true. It was a very magical and emotional way to end Camp CEO together.
I hope to see you next year at this extraordinary program. See more photos from Camp CEO. Look for details in early January. In the meantime, have a fun, safe, and relaxing summer.
Yours in Girl Scouting,