ENID, Okla. — YWCA Enid is seeking camp counselor volunteers and participants for the 2019 Girl Power! Summit, set for Aug. 6-9 at Central Christian Church, 1111 W. Broadway.

Austin Hazen, event coordinator for this year's Girl Power!, said the four-day camp is designed to empower middle school girls and give them confidence to aspire to big dreams.

"Our main goal is to empower that middle school group of girls," Hazen said, "so they can build self-esteem, make new friendships and have the empowerment to dream big and know there are so many opportunities opened up to women in the world."

Girl Power! is open to girls entering grades 5-9. There is a $50 camp fee, but Hazen said scholarships are available for any girls in need. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

The camp will meet 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, Aug. 6-9, and will include a variety of educational topics and activities by local organizations, including Autry Technology Center, Denny Price Family YMCA, Enid Police Department, Gaslight Theatre, OSU Extension Service, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Public Library of Enid and Garfield County, Family Martial Arts, YWCA Enid, Rural Health Projects, Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, Okie Crafts Co., Great Salt Plains Health Center, Vance Air Force Base and Enid SPCA.

Planned presentations and activities include the following topics: basics of yoga; internet safety; basics of theater and drama; healthy eating; women in history; basics of Tai Chi; basics of self defense; self-esteem and basics of healthy coping skills; healthy living, nutrition and the risks of tobacco use; painting; feminine hygiene and health; women in the Air Force; healthy brain, healthy mind; and animal care and safety.

Hazen said volunteer camp counselors, ages 16 and older, are needed to help run the camp and oversee participants. Successful volunteer candidates will be "passionate about helping youth and being involved in the community," and must pass a background check, Hazen said.

Past camps have served 35-40 girls, and Hazen said YWCA Enid is hoping for more this year — but that also would require more volunteers.

"Our goal is to not turn anyone away," she said, "so the more volunteers we have, the more girls we can serve."

To register for Girl Power! Summit as a camper or to request a volunteer application, email Hazen at ahazen@ywcaenid.com.

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