The girl’s made it through the first night with­out inci­dent or injury in their dor­mi­to­ries. We owe the chap­er­ones stay­ing with the girls big time. Day 2 was packed full, start­ing with yoga at 8:00am and then with pre­sen­ta­tions about self-esteem, crit­i­cal think­ing, and body image. All the camp par­tic­i­pants took a fair­ly inten­sive ver­sion of the Myers-Brigg, and chal­lenged our Span­ish skills with vocab­u­lary ques­tions. We end­ed the day with con­ver­sa­tion cir­cles among the campers and their men­tors and then a jour­nal­ing activ­i­ty where the girls each con­struct­ed and dec­o­rat­ed a jour­nal. The arts and crafts activ­i­ties are great, except for the amount of stuff we have to put away in the morn­ing, and the glit­ter. I real­ly hate glit­ter. Oh, my Peace Corps sac­ri­fices. First, pos­si­ble infect­ed with TB, and then def­i­nite­ly con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed by glit­ter.


Yoga mats ready for the first day.

Morn­ing yoga, the first time most of the girls had ever seen or done it.

Our down­ward fac­ing dog dur­ing yoga. This local dog seems to have adopt­ed us for the week.

The girls did a great job with their first time doing yoga.

Our crit­i­cal think­ing activ­i­ty used tan­gram puz­zles to chal­lenge and point out the impor­tance of expe­ri­ence.

Body-image aware­ness activ­i­ty where the girls were mak­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of them­selves, dec­o­rat­ing it, and writ­ing a few words about them­selves — what they like, what they don’t like, dreams, remark­able expe­ri­ences.

Rac­ing to get the sup­plies ready.

The crafty activ­i­ties were very fun, and we could have giv­en them hours more to work on their projects.

The ani­mals descend­ing on the snack table.

Mey­ers-Brig­gs time, and we did a very thor­ough job to make sure the girls were sep­a­rat­ed.

A lit­tle bit of down time for relax­ing with friends.

Con­ver­sa­tion cir­cle among the girls and their men­tors.

Evening jour­nal­ing was a big hit, but I real­ly hate glit­ter. I glit­ter-bombed myself while we were clean­ing up.

Jour­nal mak­ing

Care­ful selec­tion of dec­o­ra­tions for each jour­nal