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Camp Congress Introduces Girls Ages 8 to 15 to Politics


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Memphis, TN – Mid-South girls in grades 5th – 8th will be in charge when Camp Congress is in session on Saturday, March 30, 2019. A national program created by Girls in Politics, Camp Congress is an amazing opportunity to learn valuable lessons and information about the American political system. Hosted by Girl Scouts Heart of the South and Hutchison School, the event is open to the community, but space is limited. With more women serving in Congress than ever before, now is a momentous time for girls to learn all about the American political system and how they can be a part of it to change the world.

Camp Congress will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Labry Hall on the Hutchison Campus at 1740 Ridgeway Rd, Memphis, TN.

Camp Congress by Girls in Politics is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 8 to 15 to politics. Camp begins with a girl-friendly lesson on the structure of our political system. Each girl will choose to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate or for the presidency. She will create her own campaign with a platform, campaign slogan, campaign finance plan, campaign website and a political ad for television.

“We feel like this is an ideal time for girls to learn about our political system and the importance of voting and campaigning,” said Melanie Schild, CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of the South. “It also teaches girls very necessary skills for life such as leadership, team work, decision making, people skills, goal setting, and citizenship.”

“We are very excited to partner with Girl Scouts Heart of the South to bring this program to girls in Memphis,” said Dr. Kristen Ring, Hutchison Head of School. “We work hard to help girls feel empowered and place a lot of emphasis on leadership from a young age. Camp Congress is an innovative way to encourage girls to take their leadership skills to the next level.”

All campers will register to vote and then vote in an election. Once elected to Congress and sworn in, the newly installed members of Congress will learn how to introduce a bill, debate the merits of the bill, lobby fellow legislators, collaborate with the executive branch and finally vote on the proposed bill.

Camp will culminate with a ceremonial signing of the bill by our Ms. President. During the camp session, the campers will meet elected officials and political consultants that will serve as honorary camp counselors.

Deadline for registration is Monday, March 18, 2019. To register go to cfe.hutchisonschool.org and click on registration and create a new family profile and then you can enroll in the Camp Congress Class under 2018.