In Go Girls! Camps, rising 1st – 4th grade girls make plays, art, and media that we believe will change the world. Over the course of 2 weeks, girls in Go Girls! Camp work together to create and perform their own plays that reinforce social/emotional skills. All camps are led by a team of highly trained and very talented theater teaching artists, expressive artists, and the coolest teen assistants you will ever meet (basically, these are girls you want your daughters to grow up to be).The structure of the Go Girls! Camp day (9am-4pm) is intentionally designed to include the perfect balance of facilitated community building time, arts-based instructional time, and plenty of free play. Girls engage with drama/acting, visual arts, creative movement/dance, music, and media. We take time to play outside. We take time to relax and read. The “big show” is performed at 4pm on the last day of the 2 week session and just might be one of the most exciting and original theatrical experiences you will ever attend.Go Girls! Learning ObjectivesWe have developed our methodology over the last 5 years to give girls opportunities to learn and practice skills in 5 main areas:
- Say Yes! – I am ready for anything. I welcome new challenges and I try my best.
- Acting is Doing – I have the power of my voice, body, and imagination to make bold and brave choices.
- Mistakes Are Okay – Learning means I will make a mistake. I can throw my mistakes, oopses, and uh oh’s in the Tower of Oops and move on.
- I am an Emotional Superhero – All of my feelings are okay. Even the ones that don’t feel good. If I get calm and notice my feelings, they will help me know what to do next.
- Gratitude Makes Us Happy – Even when I am in the worst…mood…ever, gratitudes can make me feel so…much…better.
In each 2 week session of camp, we integrate these 5 learning areas into a brand new theme that we explore with the girls through all artistic medium. Summer 2015 is all about showing the world what girls CAN doWhy Girls?We are out of balance. In America, we are experiencing unbearable levels of disconnection, disengagement and distrust in our schools, workplaces, civic institutions, and neighborhoods. We lack skills to bridge our differences, listen to one another, share opinions in respectful ways, empathize, and work together to solve problems. All of our communities are suffering from a serious compassion deficit.And this compassion deficit is taking its toll on our girls especially. School-aged girls as young as kindergarten are participating in multiple behaviors associated with bullying and relational aggression among girls and between girls and boys. In fact, 32% of girls ages 8-17 say that their number one concern is being teased, judged, or made fun of. And 56% of all students have witnessed a bullying crime take place at school.And this compassion decifit is turned inward on our girls as well. The emotional life of girls is rich and complex. We know from research on emotional intelligence that, when girls are unable to label, manage and regulate feelings – especially those feelings associated with challenge and conflict – they suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders that seriously impede their development.It has been said that a society must be measured by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. When we stand by and allow our young girls to suffer violence and self-hatred, we all suffer. We work with girls to give them the skills they need to love and respect themselves, to keep themselves safe, to be more empathetic, and to make bold and brave choices in their lives. We work with girls because we believe that girls are the superheroes who will lead the world in a compassion revolution. Why Theater?When your daughter goes through the process of creating and rehearsing her own play that incorporates her learning and ideas, she has the chance to:•Imagine herself as anyone or anything•Share her voice, body & imagination in peaceful and powerful ways•Practice (a lot), make a bunch of mistakes & practice some more•Be witnessed by a loving audience"I was just filled with joy [watching the performance]. I wasn’t just waiting for my kid to come on. I learned something every moment. And, I’m a little bit cynical, to be honest, about values orientated summer camps. But you guys really walk your talk. And I saw the changes, not just on stage, but at home. And it was so relaxed. To get such a strong performance on stage with so little stress around it – [my daughter] does a lot of theater – and that’s unique.” Go Girls! Camp Mother