Last Wednesday, I left my home in San Diego to come to sleep-away camp for the first time in six years. On the plane ride to Camp Inc., I started panicking. I was terrified that everyone would hate me, that I would be put in a bad business group, and that all I would want to do is come home. From the instant I walked off the plane I could tell that my fears would not become reality.
After just one week at camp, I already feel like I am a part of a family. Everyone here is not only friendly and fun to be around, but also extremely motivated. Many of the campers are part of impactful organizations in their communities. I have never been in one place with so many unique, passionate people who are doing what they love. Despite our different interests, we all mesh together really well.
The high school girls are outnumbered at Camp Inc. – there are five girls and thirteen boys. Because of this, the girls have bonded together particularly fast. We quickly discovered that a commonality we all share is a passion for women’s rights. Monday afternoon, sitting in patio chairs watching the sun set over the Rockies, we ventured into a conversation about women in business, especially how an average woman gets 77 cents to every man’s dollar. Six days into knowing one another, we decided, “Let’s do something about this.” So, in less than 24 hours, we started planning a discussion to have with the entire camp about this subject.
As Co-President of Girls Give Back, a leadership, empowerment, and service learning organization for Jewish high school girls, I have a great amount of experience putting together and giving presentations about various women’s issues. We combined our skills to create an hour long presentation that included various educational activities. Tuesday evening we got the opportunity to give our presentation and I am proud to say it was a huge success! Both the campers and the staff were engaged and interested in what we had to say. I can confidently say that we have given every current Camp Inc. participant a lot to think about in terms of women in business.
I am incredibly proud of the Camp Inc. girls’ teamwork. It can be difficult to create such an important presentation in such a short amount of time, yet we managed to pull it off without a single problem. I am thrilled to be a part of Camp Inc. We have already been doing amazing things, and I cannot wait to experience what has yet to come.