'Girls With Altitude'
Mon, 02/10/2020 - 09:00
Self love is a core tenet of Alpengirl. There is nothing more impressive and inspiring than a girl or woman who stands certain and proud of who she is, and our actions at Alpengirl are based on the belief that every girl can fall in love with who she is and make her indeible mark on the world. This is our highest aspiration at camp, and we make every effort to create an experience for every camper that inspires a positive, self-loving outcome.
Alpengirl strives to create experiences that feed heart, mind, body, and spirit so growth of the whole individual is nurtured.
We all become our best selves by investing in our own growth – acknowledging our gifts and recognizing our own potential. We each have a responsibility to ourselves to discover what distinguishes us from others – to find our own uniqueness and nurture those beautiful qualities that allow us to stand proudly in our own skin!
The environment at Alpengirl camps encourages such growth for all who attend. Loving one’s self means taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental health. Alpenguides teach and role model the importance of this self-care through daily activities and practices. Girls learn helpful values and actions which extend into life beyond camp:
- Eat whole, healthy foods.
- Exercise and move your body daily.
- Rest your body and your mind.
- Get plenty of sleep and seek out moments of quiet, peace, and reflection in each day.
- Stimulate your mind with new, interesting, and challenging things.
- Feed your spirit by surprising yourself.
- Take on something more difficult than usual – make yourself proud.
- Be kind to yourself – compliment yourself – never self-criticize.
- Have trust, gratitude, and truth with yourself.
Alpengirl is a small camp compared to most, and Alpengirl’s ‘family size’ is an asset to each camper's personal development. Small groups allow for a superior bond between girls, and allow strong connections between girls and their guides during their time at camp. Experiences are more personal, as there is more one-on-one time to form a mentor relationship with guides, and there is more opportunity to address each girl’s concerns, questions, and curiosities.
The Alpengirl experience strives to model exemplary behaviors that generate a strong, mindful, confident attitude in the girls who attend. These are some of the ideals we encourage:
Be kind to yourself. We teach girls the value of being kind, patient, and having compassion for one another, and always reinforcing the fundamental importance of being kind, patience and compassionate with one’s self.
Enjoy yourself. Each girl should run and climb and jump because these things are joyful and make her feel good. Sports and competition garner the value of teamwork and can put each girl in touch with her own humility, while emphasizing her capabilities.
Embrace your spirit/ Challenge yourself/ Be proud. Engaging in any activity outdoors or in nature will put every girl more profoundly in touch with her spirit. Adventures that intimidate her a little are inspiring, build character, and do amazing things for her sense of self-worth and confidence.
Honor your body. We greatly discourage feelings of shame about physicality or physical performance. Each camper participates to her own best ability, and we celebrate our different strengths and challenges. We express gratitude for what our bodies can achieve, and remind heach camper that her body is beautiful, amazing, and capable!
Honor your health. We engage in healthy eating habits and encourage healthy relationships with food. Meals are carefully considered with respect to each girl’s health profile and exemptions. We avoid processed sugars & excessive fats, but don't hesitate to enjoy a s'more or two! We don't engage in restrictive eating, (we’re not big on avoiding carbs, gluten, or any other food, unless it presents a true health concern or allergy). We cook healthy, well-balanced meals that promote strength and sustained energy. We teach girls about varietal, health-centric eating and cooking, and enjoy our meals with gusto!
Honor others. We encourage respectful exchanges and complimentary banter. We support compassion and discourage judgment and criticisms. We believe compliments should emphasize how strong, kind, generous and wonderful one is; we aren't interested subscribing to society's definition of beauty. We already know that every girl’s body is an extraordinary vessel perfectly designed to carry her through life, and our focus is on celebrating who she is and what she does.
Lead by example. Every day provides an opportunity to be our best – to be exemplary. We believe that each of us is powerful in our own way, and this can be expressed in as many ways as we are different people - be it obvious, or subtle; loud, or quiet; gentle, or bold; immediate or over time. There is room for every individual’s voice and leadership, and we encourage and facilitate each girl’s expression and performance as a leader.
Love yourself by being compassionate toward yourself, by shedding judgment and not comparing yourself to others. Love yourself through kindnesses toward and appreciation for the people around you. Love yourself by choosing to be happy and embracing the opportunity of each new day. Acknowledge your own uniqueness – and celebrate it!
Alpengirl promotes self love by producing ‘Girls with Altitude’ – because good attitude elevates us! Whether literally, by taking thousands of steps to reach the top of a majestic peak – or figuratively, by taking on a group challenge or camp chore with positivity – simply having the right attitude is the greatest kindness and gesture of love you can bestow upon yourself. Take steps each day to find some ‘altitude’, and see how quickly you fall in love!
~ By Contributing Writer & Former Alpenguide Kimberley Green