Back in 2002, our pilot program Circle of Tapawingo served girls ages 8-12 only. Over the next twelve years, our campers asked us to grow with them, and we listened. First we added a Teen Program, then a Counselor In Training Program and finally, the Circle Summit Leadership Program. In 2014, we expanded our reach to Circle of EKC in Morgantown, WV. With each step, we sharpened the focus and goals of our programming and we recently changed our mission to better reflect who we are and what we do.
Our new Mission Statement is: Circle Camps provides free summer camp for girls who have experienced the death of a parent. Through multi-year camp and leadership programming, Circle prepares girls to become confident young women.
The Circle Camps Leadership Team met in Pittsburgh late November. There was so much energy at the meeting - so many good and new ideas – we almost couldn’t keep up with ourselves. We will add new activities to the Camper and Teen Programs. We will better integrate our traditional camp activities with those led by members of our clinical teams. We will place a greater emphasis on skill building. And…we will have fun and s’mores and lake swims and campfires and, of course, our annual Circle of the Stars Talent Show and Birthday Party.
We reevaluated our CIT and Summit Programs and realized we are not just training our older campers to become counselors, we are training them to become leaders at camp and at home. Announcing the new, four-year Circle Camps Leaders In Training Program (LIT), with the mission of continuing to support grieving teens on the path to becoming authentic camp and community leaders. Years of thought went into the LIT Program, including many, many conversations with older campers who asked us to challenge them on different levels. Challenge them we will throughout the four years of the LIT Program.
LIT-1 is an introduction to camp leadership, with an emphasis on team building
LIT-2 focuses on the development of personal leadership style through counselor training and role modeling
LIT-3 promotes project-based skill acquisition and confidence building through service opportunities
LIT-4 inspires the understanding of individual accountability for group success through an immersive outdoor challenge.
As campers complete the LIT Program, we will welcome them as Circle leaders and their communities will recognize them as future leaders. We are very proud of the LIT program and what it will mean to our campers and to the future of Circle. There is no more CIT Program, no more Circle Summit.
The 2019 Circle programs and grades of campers in each program are: • Camper Program: Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade • Teen Program: Rising 8th and 9th grade • LIT-1: Rising 10th grade • LIT-2: Rising 11th grade • LIT-3: Rising 12th grade • LIT-4: 12th grade+
Circle of Tapawingo 2019 Camper reunion & New Camper Interviews
Saturday, May 11 Newton North High School Cafeteria 457 Walnut Street Newton, MA New Camper Interviews 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM All-camper reunion 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Circle Camps is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 2002 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania