Thursday, February 5, 2009

Girl Squad!

Despite the frigid weather, my mind has been on the sweltering days of summer for the past week because we've been planning our summer camps here at Little Shop. We've just started taking applications and I couldn't be more excited because I'm leading my most favorite camp of all, Goody for Girls! camp. Goody for Girls! is a week of celebrating what girls can do and be. We learn how to be spies. We paint our toenails. We visit different working women in the community and talk about what we want to be when we grow up. We make skirts and write in journals and weave bracelets and play games and run around and basically have the best week ever!

Last year (and I'm sure this year will be the same)all the girls were unique and fun and fabulous in their own way, just like all girls are. And so, being the kind of girl who spends a significant amount of time daydreaming, I starting putting together a mental list of book characters, new and classic, who I would want to be in my camp. Think of it as the ultimate Girl Scout Troop.

I'll start my list with Allie Finkle, one of my new favorite girls on the block. Allie, resident animal activist and fashionista (check out those boots!), is tough, spunky and would keep everyone savvy with her handy notebook where she records her Rules for Girls. Here's some wisdom she could share with the rest of the campers: Don't stick a spatula down your best friend's throat. If someone is yelling from excitement, the polite thing to do is yell back. Pretend like you don't care when someone is insulting you, and don't cry. That way, you win. You should only say nice things to your friends, even if they're not true.

Another girl with a handy notebook (assuming it doesn't fall into the wrong hands) is Harriet the Spy. I want Harriet in my camp because she's not afraid to be honest, she's an avid writer, and she'd be awesome at any spy-related scavenger hunt or mystery we'd have to solve. And, if the other girls did find some nasty things written about them in Harriet's notebook, it would be a great time to learn about conflict management. Maybe she could learn a thing or two from Allie.

Clementine is next on my roster. Even though we might have to guard our heads from her scissors-happy hands, Clementine would be a perfect addition to Goody for Girls! Camp with her offbeat humor, big heart and resourceful creativity. No matter what kind of mess she gets in, she always finds a way to fix things. Even if it's not the most conventional way.

What kind of girl's camp would be complete without Ramona Quimby? She may be a bit of a pest, but the girl's got spunk and I'm not averse to having some feisty females in my camp. Like all the others, she's fun and she means well, and that goes along way. Plus, I'd take her over Junie B. Jones any day.

The previously mentioned girls have a tendency to cause some trouble, so my next pick is one who I know would be a breeze to handle. Sunny Holiday has a bit of a rough home life, but her love for her friends and family and her ability to dream big makes her the most optimistic character I've seen in years. Plus, this girl loves to dance, so she'd be the one starting up games of Little Sally Walker or stealing the show with a song/dance combo during Karaoke time.

Other girls who would definitely be in Goody for Girls! Camp: Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird, any of the Penderwick sisters, Hermione (pre-Hogwarts so she'd meet the age requirement), Pippi Longstockings, Annabeth from Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Fanny, Ladybug Girl...Oh my goodness. Camp is filling up so quickly! And the list could go on and on. I better stop and leave some room for the real girls to sign up.

--Krista Gilliam

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