Penguin attended an all girls church-type camp called Time to Blossom last week. It's for girls 11-18 years old and she attended Monday-Friday for 12 hours a day. The girls are divided-up by age into smaller groups and then there's a fun female counselor over each group of about 8 girls. Penguin invited one of her best friends from school to attend with her and the two of them had a blast together.
They had lots of outstanding speakers, crafts, a service project, talent show, performers, food, and other fun stuff that teenage girls like to do or want to learn about. Penguin got together with some of the attendees before the actual camp started and worked on some musical numbers that she was able to perform during the week of camp. She played a hymn in a violin quartet and sang songs (she had solo parts in both songs) with some of the girls. She even found some Russian adoptees like herself - I think she can sniff them out.
I'm so thankful that Penguin could go spend a week of her summer being uplifted, growing friendships, and just doing something out-of-the-ordinary. She's already begging to go back next summer and hoping that I'll let her do the over-night option.
Here is a video with highlights from her week: