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Finding Your Voice

2019 campers posing for a selfie.

Helping Girls "Find Their Voice" in the Outdoors.

Finding Your Voice is a safe place to provide adolescent girls with the opportunity to foster self-esteem, self-expression and self-efficacy by engaging in outdoor recreational activities and educational health seminars.

  • About the Camp

    Finding Your Voice is a weekend camp open to girls in grades six to eight. This camp is free and includes meals and activities such as yoga, kayaking, self-defense and high ropes.

    The camp looked different in 2021 due to COVID-19, having been transitioned to a two-day, day camp on Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18. 

    Campers were put into small groups they stayed with the entire weekend and almost all activities were outdoors. Campers and staff wore masks when in close proximity to each other and participated in regularly scheduled hand washing.

    Prior to attending camp, all campers completed a 10-day symptom screening at home and were screened upon arrival. More information about COVID-19 safety protocols are available below. 

  • 2021 Schedule

    The 2021 camp was held over two days, as a day camp.

    Saturday, April 17 (8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
    • Drop off from 8:00-8:30 a.m.
    • Pick-up from 8:45-9:00 p.m.
    • Breakfast/lunch/dinner provided  
    Sunday, April 18th (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
    • Drop off from 8:00-8:30 a.m.
    • Pick-up from 2:45-3:00 p.m.
    • Breakfast/lunch provided
  • COVID Safety
    Campers were placed into cohorts:
    • Cohorts consisted of 8 girls with 2 counselors.
    • Cohorts did not do activities together unless wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
    • Activities were held largely outdoors.
    Masks/Cleaning
    • Each camper was provided a mask, however, were asked to come prepared with a mask at check-in.
    • Masks were worn any time campers were indoors, unable to social distance, or near other cohorts.
    • Campers and staff frequently washed their hands and use hand sanitizer.
    • Frequently touched surfaces/equipment were cleaned and sanitized numerous times per day.
    COVID screening and testing
    • Campers completed a self-assessment symptom screening during the ten days leading up to camp. Campers needed a completed symptom screening at drop off in order to attend camp.
    • Symptom screening were conducted at camp when campers were dropped off in the mornings.
    • The camp was staffed by Clemson students who received weekly COVID-19 testing. For Finding Your Voice, all staff were required to have two negative COVID-19 tests within the last week.
  • How to Register

    Because camp is offered free of charge, the first 40 completed registrations will have priority for registration purposes. 

    To register for Finding Your Voice Camp, please use our new online registration system. The application link will open March 1, 2021. Please make sure you complete all sections.

    Upon completion of registration, you will receive an email confirming the status of your daughter's registration.

  • Camp Location and Directions

    Clemson University Outdoor Lab
    415 Charlie White Trail
    Pendleton, SC 29670

    From I-85 North or South
    • Take Exit 19-B (Highway 76/28) towards Clemson.
    • Follow Hwy 76/28 for 7.5 miles.
    • After you pass Tri-County Technical College located on your right,take your first left onto West Queen Street (this is also the turn for the T. Ed Garrison Arena).
    • Follow West Queen Street for 2.5 miles.
    • The Outdoor Lab entrance is on the left.
    From Highway 123
    • Turn onto Hwy 76/28 East towards Anderson.
    • Follow Hwy 76/28 for 4 miles.
    • Turn right onto West Queen Street (this is also the turn for the T. Ed Garrison Arena).
    • Follow West Queen Street for 2.5 miles.
  • Find Out More

    Contact us at findingyourvoicecamp@gmail.com for more information about Finding Your Voice, including the 2022 camp and how to make a donation that will help us keep this annual experience at no cost to participants.

 

FOCUSED ON BUILDING STRENGTH AND POTENTIAL.

Finding Your Voice helps girls in grades 6 to 8 foster self-esteem, self-expression and self-efficacy. Watch the video to see how the weekend can be a transformative experience. 

 

Finding Your Voice campers in kayaks during the 2019 camp.

Support Finding Your Voice

As a non-profit dedicated to providing no cost camp experiences to middle school girls, funding is always a challenge. If you are interested in making a donation to support Finding Your Voice, please contact us! Finding Your Voice is an IRS qualified charitable organization.

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