Children can learn about politics through books, but wouldn't it be better if they could experience it? A unique summer camp is making that happen for young girls.
The week-long summer camp in Miami introduces girls ages 7 to 14 to politics. Camp begins with a girl-friendly lesson on the structure of the political system.
Here's how the program works. Each girl will choose to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives, US Senate or for the presidency. She will create her own campaign with a campaign platform, campaign slogan, campaign button, a campaign banner and a yard sign. Each camper will film a political ad for her campaign.
All campers will register to vote, then vote in an election. Once elected to the Congress, the newly installed members of Congress will learn how to introduce a bill, debate the merits of the bill, lobby other members of Congress and finally vote on the bill. Camp will culminate with a ceremonial signing of the bill by the chosen Ms. President.
Throughout camp week, women serving as local and state elected officials will work with the girls as "honorary camp counselors" giving the campers the opportunity to interact with women in office.
When: July 30--August 2
Tuition Cost: $300