What: Benji Camp - Making Friends with Yourself Summer Experience
When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 25 to 28
Where: Fred Lewis Scout Cabin, 3075 Discovery Rd., Port Townsend
Who: Girls ages 11 to 14
Cost: $299 with sliding scale options starting at $100 thanks to the generous support of Lucy Congdon Hanson and Charlie Hanson. Click here for further scholarships and work-trade arrangements. No girl will be turned away.
Space is limited. Registration will close when capacity is reached.
This day camp will run June 25-28 for girls ages 11 to 14. In addition to our core stress management and emotional resilience skills training, it will feature fun activities including art, crafts, outside time, campfires and songs. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Young teens will learn skills to navigate the emotional ups and downs of life with greater ease. Using developmentally appropriate activities, this camp helps adolescents cultivate greater compassion and empathy toward self and others using meditations and practices from mindfulness and self-compassion.
In this retreat style approach, teens will have an opportunity to experience the full curriculum of Making Friends with Yourself, as well as enjoy additional activities with old friends and new.
Each day will offer new practices for growing self kindness and compassion as well as opportunities for fun and friendship. Together we will explore activities designed to cultivate a new way of seeing and a new way of being... a time for teens to be teens!
Karen Bluth, PhD is Associate Director, Mindfulness-Based Stress and Pain Management Program at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Lorraine Hobbs, M.A., is Director, Youth and Family Programs, University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Together they developed the Making Friends with Yourself curriculum.
Background on Making Friends with Yourself
Adolescence is a time of change and growth. It is a robust period of life reserved for rebellion and self-discovery, but as the demands in life increase for teens, this time is often fraught with confusion, worry and anxiety.
For many teens, life is complicated by the rapidly growing dependency on technology. Social media has become a source of stress that increases the risk of isolation and disconnection simply because teens spend more time on their devices instead of socializing.
This Mindful Self-Compassion course is designed to facilitate awareness of life's challenges and to build skills and inner resources for meeting these challenges. By cultivating a kind and compassionate response to self-criticism, this program helps to promote a healthier response to those moments when things go wrong.
Cancellations and Changes
You may cancel your registration under the follow terms: Until May 15, full refund less $35 administrative fee. From May 15 to June 1, 50 percent refund of fees paid. After June 1, no refunds. Please note that as a small organization, we make financial commitments based on expected enrollment, and no exceptions will be granted.