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Girl power the focus of Kingman day camp

Dance instructor Courtney Behrends leads campers.

KINGMAN - Girl power is alive and well here, thanks to the efforts of Soroptimist International of Kingman.

The local chapter of the international volunteer organization, whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls, is sponsoring another year of Kamp Girl Power for young women in third through seventh grade. The one-day event will include presentations and activities designed to empower the girls.

Kamp Girl Power will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at White Cliffs Middle School, 3550 Prospector St. Registration is $10 at the door, beginning at 8 a.m., and participants will receive a T-shirt, goodie bag, lunch and snacks. Comfortable clothing is recommended. Attendance is limited to 175 girls.

Registrar Linda Miller said the camp is designed to help girls make good decisions now and in the future. Miller said members of the community have come together to teach the young women about themselves and how they fit into the world around them.

"I think Kamp Girl Power broadens the girls' horizons, gives them a chance to meet new people and interact with each other and offers them positive examples of how to live their lives," said Miller. "They learn through fun and interesting activities."

During the event, the girls will participate in Zumba fitness activities, learn about gardening, create a craft, become savvy about the pitfalls of social media, practice self-defense, discover others' perceptions of themselves, and watch a skit about the dangers of tobacco use.

Pam Plew, chairperson of Soroptimist International of Kingman, said Kamp Girl Power is her favorite event of the year for the club and she enjoys helping the young women. Plew said the camp is a good way for the women to give back to the community.

"It gives these girls a day to themselves, to break out of their shells, build self-esteem and try new things," said Plew. "It's a great day that's just for girls, and they really do need it."

For more information about Kamp Girl Power, which is limited to 175 participants, call 928-757-5936.

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