Girls learn life skills at Charm Camp

From Eupora 20th Century Club

The MFWC-GFWC Eupora 20th Century Club presented the Southern Charm Camp from July 9-13 for girls entering the seventh grade. Each day a special topic was presented with the goal of helping these young ladies learn the importance of teamwork, self-confidence, safe choices, health and exercise.

The first day, club member Lyn Blaylock introduced teamwork and team building activities culminating in an art project where the girls created their own journals.

Day two was presented by Connie Black, R.D., and Shiloh Quintana from the dietary department of NMMC-Eupora Hospital. The importance of a healthy diet was stressed. In addition to healthy diet, the participants then learned about healthy exercising and reasons behind creating a personal exercise program. Present Toni Carole Powell, speech language pathologist, showed the girls correct ways to exercise and remain fit.

On the third day, club members Frances Hyde and Lyn Blaylock presented “Manners Matter,” where participants learned rules of cell phone use, table manners, introductions, and good guest etiquette. The girls also learned how to write thank you notes and set a table in both a casual and formal setting. After the manners class, participants worked to prepare their own food for a tea party.

Day four of the camp stressed the importance of health and safety presenters were Scott Dean and Corey McCain. During this session, participants learned basic first aid for cuts, seizures, fractures, and stings. Students also learned the signs of choking and how to help a choking victim.

The last day of the camp was lead by Beth Duncan, Eupora 20th Century Club member. Ginger Castle assisted Mrs. Duncan in the importance of taking care of one’s hands. Each girl received a personal manicure. Through this day, students learned how their hands were designed to do acts of kindness.

Southern Charm camp is a free camp to girls entering the seventh grade. This is the third year that the camp has been sponsored by the Eupora 20th Century club. President, Naioma Lamb also assisted during the camp.

Coordinator Frances Hyde said, “We look forward every year to meeting and working with these young people, and we hope that they have a great week and learn important life skills.”