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SUBJECT: Memorial University to offer a week-long camp for girls and young women
DATE: May 29, 2003

Summer camps are usually associated with archery, boating and stories around the campfire. This August, girls aged 11 to 15 will have the opportunity to participate in a camp with a difference.

Memorial University's Division of Lifelong Learning in association with the POWER Camp National Network, is offering a week-long camp that will have its participants looking at issues such as creative self-expression, body image and stereotypes, self-defense, active living strategies, career exploration and community activism.

That doesn't mean the camp is "way serious," said Diana Deacon, the program developer responsible for the camp.

"It's a fun, supportive environment for like-minded young women who want to know more about themselves and their community," Ms. Deacon explained. "Many former participants have said how the experience has improved their self-confidence, taught them critical-thinking skills and made them better able to make informed, effective choices concerning their lives."

POWER Camp was founded in 1995 by Tatiana Fraser, Willow Scobie and Stephanie Austin, who began the project in response to the identified needs of girls and young women, and to address gaps in an education system that fails to address specific issues facing girls.

Since then, POWER Camp has expanded to form a national network of grassroots initiatives that share in the vision of POWER Camp.

The one-week program is available for two age groups: 11-13 and 14-15. The camps run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Aug. 11-15. The registration fee is $155 (does not include lunch or snacks). All camps take place on the St. John's campus of the university.

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