Camp Moxie-Calling All Michigan Leaders!

May 31, 2012

DETROIT—Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM), Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF), Running Start and Women Official Network (WON) Foundation announced that Camp Moxie, a four-day leadership adventure camp for high school girls, will return for a second year. The camp will run June 17-21, 2012 at GSSEM’s Camp Hawthorn Hollow in Columbus, MI. The first Camp Moxie was held in June 2011 with nearly 70 girls in attendance.  Space is still available for the 2012 Camp Moxie.
Camp Moxie is open to any Michigan high school girl who has completed grades 9-12. Girls will participate in interactive workshops and hands-on activities in the interest areas of entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and public office, all led by women executives, business owners, and elected officials.
“This year, the emphasis will be on the girls developing leadership skills they can use in their lives right now,” said Susan McGraw, COO of GSSEM.  “We want them to come away feeling prepared to start a business, advocate for a cause, or run for class president. Girls don’t have to wait until they are adults to assume leadership positions,” she said.
McGraw said Camp Moxie will focus on helping girls to understand their leadership style, personal brand, and how to present themselves in professional settings. They will also learn relationship building and networking through activities like speed mentoring. “This camp will keep the girls moving, thinking, and creating, but there is still plenty of free time for traditional camp activities like swimming and hiking,” she concluded.
GSSEM, MWF, Running Start and WON are the presenting sponsors of Camp Moxie. General Motors Foundation is providing additional support of Camp Moxie.
“2012 is Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, and we have declared it the Year of the Girl,” said Denise Dalrymple, CEO of GSSEM. “This year, our organization has committed to engaging all of society in the cause of supporting girl leadership. The latest Girl Scouts research found that only 1 in 5 girls believe they have what it takes to lead. Camp Moxie is one way GSSEM is working to change that.”
“At the Michigan Women’s Foundation, we understand the importance of providing quality learning experiences to teen girls that will help improve their leadership skills now and for the future. Camp Moxie is a phenomenal way for high school girls to obtain an interactive, well-rounded experience of exposure to leadership skills in three core areas: business, philanthropy and government. We are proud to once again be a part of the four day leadership adventure camp,” said Carolyn Cassin, president and CEO.
The presenting sponsors are bringing Camp Moxie to Michigan girls with the shared goal of participants completing the experience prepared and confident to create change in their lives and the lives of others.
“Running Start is thrilled to be a part of Camp Moxie!  The government curricula works to inspire girls to see themselves as political leaders, and to hone their leadership skills so that they leave the program more confident and empowered to lead.  We are proud to help encourage young women in Michigan to enter the pipeline to politics,” said Susannah Shakow, founder and president.
“Never has it been more important to inspire high school girls to unlock their capacity to effect change in their lives, their community and the world,” said Cynthia von Oeyen, president of WON Foundation.
Registrations for Camp Moxie are being accepted until June 8. The cost is $100.00 per girl and includes lodging, meals, and all workshops and activities.  For more information about Camp Moxie, or to register online, visit or call 1-800-482-6734, extension 2258.
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) is the local council chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to facilitate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), designed to help girls develop leadership skills through three key elements—Discover, Connect and Take Action. Each element has a set of five outcomes including girls develop a strong sense of self (Discover); girls develop healthy relationships (Connect); and girls can identify community needs (Take Action).
GSSEM serves nearly 45,000 girls and adult volunteers in Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, and parts of Wayne, Monroe and Livingston Counties. GSSEM provides a girl-led, girl-centered, fun-filled quality leadership experience.
Michigan Women’s Foundation is a statewide non-profit organization promoting economic self-sufficiency and investing in improving the lives of women and girls. Since its inception in 1986, MWF has raised and awarded more than $3,600,000 to over 400 non-profit agencies empowering women and girls. The Foundation’s 25 years of championing the causes of social justice for women and girls through public and grantee education, philanthropy and advocacy have changed the lives of many. MWF builds leaders and philanthropists by funding programs that promote economic self-sufficiency and improved well-being for women and girls.
 MWF is committed to creating a world free of gender barriers that nurtures women and girls to reach their fullest potential for success. This is accomplished by providing economic support and programs needed to raise awareness, build skills and empowerment. For more information about MWF, visit our website at or contact Jacqueline M. Northrop at
 Running Start is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing more young women to politics.  We teach young women the skills they need to lead, and educate them about the need for more women in elected office.  We focus on politics, rather than just leadership skills, because women are so underrepresented as lawmakers.  Without women in power to represent the issues important in women’s lives, women will continue to have policy decisions made without their input. Our programs encourage young women to see themselves as political leaders.
The Women Officials Network, a non-partisan organization founded in 1997, envisions more women in leadership positions at all levels of government in elected and appointed office by empowering the leaders of today and mentoring women leaders of tomorrow. The WON Foundation supports that vision through initiatives that train and inspire current & future policy makers, including sponsorship of the WONDER WOMAN AWARD, recognizing women who make a difference in the lives of others.  In 2012,the WON Foundation became a sponsor of Camp Moxie – a four-day leadership adventure for high school girls – in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan Women’s Foundation and Running Start as well as sponsor of “Me, Run for Public Office?” in partnership with the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section. More information is available at

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