Resilience, Grit, and Empowerment
At Camp Danbee for Girls there is no mistaking the underlying philosophy – we are a place where girls can be their best selves. A daily reminder of that greets the girls as they enter the dining hall for each meal and see the big blue sign proclaiming, “Dance like no one is watching.”
An all-girl camp experience allows girls to thrive without the pressures of life in a coed crucible. Campers learn to communicate and trust each other. They make connections, build relationships, hone life skills, develop self-esteem and confidence. “Girl Power” encourages a “Yes I Can!” attitude. When there is no glass ceiling and the sky in the limit, all things are possible.
That philosophy and attitude is evident in every aspect of camp life. At Danbee, it is called “Girl Power.” Spread your wings, try new things, push your comfort zone. As a traditional summer camp program, the girls are surrounded by a continuous string of opportunities for that to happen. Staff are trained to find teachable moments that encourage campers to stretch themselves. In programs or in the cabins, the campers are challenged to build a set of life skills that will enhance their ability to be successful down the road.
Danbee is all about empowering our girls to be their “best selves.” Everything we do is designed to help campers learn to successfully navigate life and community. Having fun, making friends, gaining skills are all part of the Danbee philosophy that screams “Girl Power.”
Helping our campers to become more resilient in dealing with life’s challenges is threaded into all we do. In addition to all the opportunities our program offers girls to grow, we help them build social skills and personal grit as they learn to master all the teachable moments that arise in a group setting. What a great combination of outcomes for every girl to learn.
Danbee campers thrive, grow and learn how to:
- Unplug and have “live” interactions in the “real world” with “real people” and successfully navigate the unpredictable “world of girls” through authentic communication and compromise.
- Become Resilient by learning to overcome obstacles, advocating for them themselves and realizing that failure sets the stage for success.
- Learn Empathy in an intentional “other-centered” community that helps break the cycle of bullying.
- Discover Independence, becoming more comfortable making decisions for themselves and understanding consequences.
- See a world beyond themselves through ongoing opportunities to volunteer for Community Service.
Inspired by the American Camp Association’s alignment with the Partnership for the 21st Century Learning, another equally important component of Camp Danbee’s philosophy is the integration of 21st century skills training into its overall strategy. This encompasses such things as communication, cooperation, collaboration and compromise.
Camper Empowerment Forums
At Danbee, girls have multiple opportunities to discuss empowerment and the path to being resilient, and having grit when facing life’s challenges. At past forums, their wisdom was profound and demonstrated that Danbee girls “get it” when it comes to “Girl Power.” Here are some of their insights:
“Empowerment relates to taking risks and showing people you’re not afraid and learning from mistakes, It’s a matter of not giving up” – Dylan B.
“It means holding your ground and standing by your convictions, being confident in yourself.” – Hailey F.
“Empowerment relates to the people around you, how you make them feel.” – Star K.
“Ultimately, empowerment comes from within.” – Kayla S.
“If you don’t push yourself, you will never experience new things.” – Ariana R.
Danbee girls know their bonds at camp have encouraged them to spread their wings, to find their own voice and to become their “best selves.”