I spent time deciding where and when my camp would be held, who would attend, what would take place at the camp, and what I needed to do to make this camp a success. Fundraising was a key feature to the planning of the Technique camp. My objective was to make this a true outreach by holding the event for free. This meant that I had to find sponsors for lunch the day of the camp, and I needed donations to purchase a laptop that would be given to one lucky participant at the end of the camp. I was very fortunate to receive enough donations to make lunch possible, to purchase the laptop and several other giveaways, and to purchase all other materials I needed for the camp. Fundraising was a challenge due to the restrictions of the Girl Scout rules, which did not allow me to ask for the funds or handle money. Another troop agreed to sponsor the fundraising piece for me and adults were allowed to request the donations on my behalf.
In the beginning, I opened up the camp to only ninth grade girls. I wanted girls who were interested and had potential for entering these fields, but I did not want to restrict participation by requiring a specific GPA because I thought that might eliminate girls who were more disadvantaged and did not have exposure to women who were in these types of careers, so I depended upon the teachers to nominate the girls who could gain the most by attending. I soon realized that I would not have enough participants if I only allowed ninth graders to attend based on the initial nominations that I received from teachers. This was a major challenge that I faced. I had to be flexible with my original plan and react quickly by sending out information to include more class levels. I eventually opened the camp to all high school girls, and this ensured more participants.
I coordinated the planning and the event itself, worked to prepare the modules with the various professional presenters and I prepared the participant materials. I organized the volunteers, including the lunch servers, and split the participants into teams, introduced the program, presented one module myself (programming), conducted the drawing and conducted the break down and clean up. I also made sure that I acknowledged those who helped me make this camp a success. Follow up has continued beyond the point where I was logging my hours because I want to work with others to continue the success of this type of camp.
I had twenty girls attend my technology camp. Although that number does not seem large, that is twenty lives that I was able to influence. I was able to help them see career opportunities that they may not have otherwise known about. I was very satisfied with the outcome of my camp, and I know that all of the girls enjoyed the camp based on the answers I received to a survey the girls were given at the camp. I plan to have the camp continue in other forms so that we can continue to advance the confidence of girls to do these types of careers.