Girls Summer Camp Ends With a Blast

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This summer ten young ladies had an opportunity to attend the 2014 Girls In Real Life Situations (G.I.R.L.S) summer camp, an exciting six week program offered to girls in grades sixth through eighth. Currituck County High School social worker, Alysia Mizelle and Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Program Assistant, Sheila Gregory collaborated to offer life skills programming and experiences.

Thanks to the help of volunteer, Marion Dannert, these young ladies had the opportunity to learn watercolor painting. They were each able to make their own special painting to take home, along with other supplies needed to continue their study of watercolor painting. Apple pie filling and strawberry jam canning classes were offered by FCS Extension Agent, Olivia Jones. They also participated in a cooking class, Cook Smart Eat Smart, where students were able to make a healthy meal as well as learn how to shop smart. The G.I.R.L.S camp taught other valuable skills which included planting seeds, propagation, jewelry making and learning how to sewing by making your own clutch purse.

Each week these young ladies were able to enjoy a variety of field trips such as Ocean Breeze, Virginia Beach Farmers Market, a tour of Food Lion, and a two hour lunch cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk. The end of camp celebration included fishing, crabbing, and a cookout at the Currituck County Rural Center. The 2014 G.I.R.L S. summer camp program was a wonderful experience for all involved. So much was learned and so many things were accomplished.

Many other community members volunteered to share their knowledge and skills. These volunteers deserve special thanks and include Courtney Birdsall of Serenity Studio Arts for the art classes, Deborah Kelso from the Currituck Cooperative Extension Service and Debbie Zimmerman of Beads Spot for jewelry classes.

For more information about this or similar programming from the Currituck County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension contact Sheila Gregory, FCS Program Assistant by phone 252-232-2261 or email at Be sure to check out our website for information on all our programs and upcoming events.

GIRLS Camp 2014