Kaolack Girl’s Summer Camp

A group of Kaolack volunteers hold an annual summer-camp style, week-long empowerment event for girls aged 14-16. Check out pics from the 2012 camp here! Click here for a short article on the 2013 camp.
Girls at the 2012 camp laugh during one of their daily team building activities. Photo By: Caitlin Healy

My Involvement in the event in 2013:

In 2013 I took the role of Camp Director along with PCV Emily Pepin. I led the logistical planning of the camp and managed the execution of the event in all aspects. This incuded the planning, organization, and implementation of the camp as a whole from funds development and expenditures, camper selection, food and lodging arrangements (no easy task in Senegal),mentor and guest speaker arrangement, volunteer mobilization and programming, session/activity planning, and execution of the project. I began working on the project in November 2012, dedicating several days a month to planning meetings, grant writing and fundraising. Through out early and mid 2013 I arranged meetings every other month with volunteers throughout the region to create the programming for the camp and continued working in the background on the logistical arrangements for the camp. The event took place in Mid-August 2013 and almost a year of planning paid off! Click here for pictures and a description of the camp's success in 2013.

2012 Involvement:
 In September 2012 I acted as a ‘camp counselor’ for 30 girls from throughout region selected by volunteers, usually through the recommendation of their school teacher. I accompanied five girls from my sub-region, Kaffrine, to the ‘camp grounds’; a campement style resort in the delta of the river.  I lent support to most of the activities ranging in subject from athletics, arts and crafts, environment, health, and empowerment. I planned, designed, and led three sessions; food bowl hygiene, tie-dye, and container gardening. I further supported the event by riding my bike to the market each morning to bring supplies for meals and activities.

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