Our Camp Director Ginger met recently with the great folks at Campfire Conversation to discuss how we can help girls become their best selves. If you haven’t had a chance to listen yet, here is the original article below. For more information on Campfire Conversation, go here


(From Campfire Conversations podcast site:)

girls becoming their best selves with ginger clare camp kippewaThis podcast is sponsored by SCOPE, an amazing organization that helps to send children from financially-disadvantaged families to summer camp. You can learn more about SCOPE online and through social media @supportscope.

I first met Ginger Clare when visiting Camp Danbee 20 years ago. A fabulous girls camp in the Berkshires, it was the site that excited my bride, Kate, with the idea of running summer camp. Interestingly, Ginger felt the same way. (Those Toporoff men are really good at getting people excited about camp!)

For the past 25 years, Ginger and her husband Steve have been in summer camp. Since 2008, they have run Camp Kippewa for girls from all over the country and larger world. Ginger thinks deeply about the type of experience which brings out the best in each girl. Whether it’s the wall-flower who hesitate to jump in or the jock who needs to connect, Ginger and the team at Kippewa has some wonderful solutions.

In today’s talk, Ginger shares a lot of great ideas on how we can take what they’ve learned about bring out the best in girls at camp and doing the same at home. Enjoy!

Great Resources for Helping Girls Be Their Best Selves

Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman has been around for a little while and is an incredibly useful book. Recently updated, it’s well worth your time.

Rachel Simmons has written one of the more eye-opening books about girls that I’ve read. Odd Girl Out is important for anyone who works with or parents girls.

We all need some adventure in our lives and girls are no exception! Take a few minutes to listen to Caroline Paul’s Ted Talk.