Welcoming Girls from All Families (Camp Bonnie Brae 2007)

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Welcoming Girls from All Families (Camp Bonnie Brae 2007)

  1. 1. Welcoming Girls from All Families By Tinker Bell 2007
  2. 2. Family Mix Up     Was your first guess of who you were right? Was it easy to figure out who you were with only yes or no questions? Were the questions others asked you easy to answer in yes or no? How does this relate to how we talk to girls about their families?
  3. 3. Families Come in All Shapes and Sizes It is important to remember that not all girls come from families That live together  That have one mom and one dad  That are supportive environments  That are biologically related  That have siblings  That have extended families 
  4. 4. How Can You Be Supportive?    Allow girls to use their own language for their family members Offer open ended questions about families, instead of asking about specific members Encourage girls to tell their own stories about their families
  5. 5. How Does a Space Become Unsupportive?     Through Overt and Intentional actions and words obviously intended to harm Through Overt and Unintentional actions and words obviously harmful, but not intended as such Through Covert and Intentional actions and words intended to be quietly harmful to one girl, or group of girls Through Covert and Unintentional actions and words that many don’t recognize as harmful and were not meant as such
  6. 6. How does this happen in units?     Overt and Intentional – “I don’t want to hang out with you because you’re a foster kid. You don’t have a REAL family.” Overt and Unintentional – “The real parents of kids who are adopted just didn’t want them.” Covert and Intentional – “I already have a buddy, and so does she.” Covert and Unintentional – “But you seem so normal, what do you mean don’t you have a dad?”
  7. 7. How can we use covert and overt methods of action to make girls feel supported at camp?
  8. 8. What are other issues that might arise that could benefit from covert and overt intervention?
  9. 9. What are other issues that might arise that could benefit from covert and overt intervention?

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