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OC ATHENA International High School Virtual Leadership Camp
July 7, 9, 14, 16 and 21

OC ATHENA International Middle School Virtual Leadership Camp
July 21, 23, 28, 30 and Aug. 4

All camp dates and sessions will be conducted from 1-3:30 p.m. with scheduled break times.

Campers will need access to:

  • Computer or laptop
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Stable internet connection with access to Zoom video conferencing
  • The ability to open a second tab or access internet on a second device.

$45 per camper and scholarships are available.

The following topics will be covered at a level appropriate for middle school and high school students.

  1. Eight ATHENA International Core Principles of Leadership
    • Living Authentically
    • Learning Constantly
    • Building Relationships
    • Fostering Collaboration
    • Acting Courageously
    • Advocating Fiercely
    • Giving Back
    • Celebrating
  2. Self Love and Self Care
  3. Effective Communication Skills
  4. College Student Panel
  5. Inclusion and Diversity
  6. Finding Your Fit – College Admissions and Thinking of the Future

Campers will also foster connections and participate in many collaborative activities, discussions and other fun activities!

Frequently Asked Questions

How old do students have to be to participate?

Middle school campers must be entering 6-8th grade in the fall of 2020. High school campers must be entering 9-12th grade in the fall of 2020. Graduated high school seniors entering college in the fall of 2020 may also attend the high school camp.

Where are the Olivet College ATHENA International Middle & High School Leadership Camps located?

This year’s camps will be held virtually, mainly via Zoom, to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

How many camp counselors are there? What are the counselors like?

Our counselor to camper ratio no more than 1:5, meaning that we have one highly trained, welcoming, Olivet College woman leader who will serve as a counselor and lead group discussions.

Who will be facilitating the virtual learning sessions?

Current college students and college graduates who have participated in the Olivet College Women’s Leadership Institute will co-facilitate the virtual sessions with guidance from the Women’s Leadership Institute Director Jamilia Johnson, WLI Camp Coordinator Kiersten Washburn and other women leaders from the Olivet College Women’s Advisory Counsel.

What will the daily schedule be like?

We encourage you to visit the agenda section of the website at any time to see the full schedule of activities. The camp sessions will allow for interaction between campers, time for self-reflection and activities to reinforce learning. There will be intermittent breaks as well. If the camper needs to step away from the virtual camp for a moment, they are more than welcome to do so at their/a parent/a guardian’s discretion.

Will campers be able utilize their cell phones?

If the camper has a cell phone, it will come in handy. If not, no worries! All they need is the ability to open a second tab on their web browser.

Do I need to purchase anything to participate in the camps?

Campers will receive everything they need in order to participate in the camp via mail. They should not need to purchase additional items.

What is included in the camp package?

A camp package will include the following:

  • 1 – Camp Program Guide
  • 1 – Olivet College Laptop Sticker
  • 1 – Camp T-shirt
  • 1 – Activities & Supplies Packet
  • 1 – Letter

Is there a specific dress attire for the camps?

One day of the camp will be designated for a camp “photo”, which will be a screen shot of all camp participants. On this particular day, we will ask that campers wear their provided camp T-shirt.

Otherwise, there is no specific camp attire, just come dressed in what you learn best in!

What are the technology requirements to participate in the camp?

Campers will need access to:

  • Computer or
  • Webcam and
  • Stable Internet connection with access to Zoom video
  • The ability to open a second tab or access internet on a second

What if a camper needs to miss a day of camp/attend a partial day?

All five camp dates will be facilitated in conjunction to ensure students gain confidence, leadership skills and make valuable connections with other rising leaders. Although not ideal, if a camper needs to miss a day of camp, or can only attend a partial day of camp, please notify Jamilia Johnson or Kiersten Washburn as soon as possible. We will do our best to make sure the participant is updated on information missed.

How will I receive my camp materials?

Your camp packet will arrive via mail prior to the camp start date at the address provided when you were registering for the camp. If you are missing any items from your camp packet, please notify either Kiersten Washburn or Jamilia Johnson as soon as possible.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

If you have more questions about the camp, please contact either Jamilia Johnson at jamjohnson@olivetcollege.edu or Kiersten Washburn at kwashburn@olivetcollege.edu.

Camp Agenda
Day 1
Welcome Soft Skills
History of Athena International
Principle 1 – Living Authentically
End of Day Reflection

Day 2
Welcome
Principle 2 – Learning Constantly
Finding Your Fit- Student Panel
End of Day Reflection

Day 3
Welcome
Principle 3 – Building Relationships
Inclusion and Diversity
Principle 4 – Fostering Collaboration
End of Day Reflection

Day 4
Welcome
Principle 5 – Acting Courageously
Elevator Speech
Effective Communication
Principle 6 – Advocating Fiercely
End of Day Reflection

Day 5
Welcome
Mental Health, Self-Love, and Self Care
Principle 7 – Giving Back
Principle 8 – Celebrating Final Reflection

Gaining Courage and Confidence

Exposure to positive messaging early and often about leadership is critical to the future success of young girls.

The Olivet College ATHENA International Middle School and High School Leadership Camps provide an environment for transformative leadership. Our camps are based on the acclaimed ATHENA International leadership model utilized around the world.

The students that participate in the leadership camps are introduced to ATHENA International’s eight core principles of leadership that are co-facilitated by prominent women leaders and Olivet College students who completed the OC ATHENA International Leadership Program. Through this process, our camp participants gain courage and confidence to find their voice and to recognize their unique strengths to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Positive Outcomes

We know that our efforts are making a positive impact on camp participants:

  • Past camp participants stated they uncovered characteristics and strengths that gave them the courage and confidence to find their voice.
  • Over 90% of 2019 campers felt that the ATHENA Principles helped them gain more knowledge about their leadership capabilities, and they learned leadership skills from the camp.

Girls also spoke of their newfound leadership confidence:

  • “I discovered that even though I am an introvert, I can lead with confidence.”
  • “I learned to be more vocal and advocate for others who cannot.”
  • “I discovered how to lead with confidence during this camp. It will help me live up to my full potential as a leader.”
  • “I learned to speak up and not to be afraid to think and say my own thoughts.”

In addition, participants said they felt more confident to take on leadership roles, gained more self-care strategies to maintain healthy mental wellness, learned about diversity and inclusion, and felt more prepared for the college admissions process.

We know we can make an upstream impact by giving girls the knowledge and tools they need at a pivotal and crucial developmental period in their lives.

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