EmBe works diligently to help our community’s youth thrive. For Cambree Cook, attending Camp Girl VIP this summer helped her have fun by getting involved, meet new people, and got her out of her comfort zone. Through her great camp experience, she says she’s learned that she can become whatever she wants.​​​​​​​

Camp Girl VIP is a unique camp experience that helps girls find their voice, recognize the impact they can make on their community and help them explore their power and purpose.

“During my time at EmBe’s camps, I have made a lot of new friends, and I connected with those friends more after the EmBe camp. It has helped in many ways while at the camp and afterward, too, with connecting with new people.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

At Camp Girl VIP, Cambree and other 6th-8th grade girls focused on building leadership skills while being introduced to a variety of female community leaders. Cambree says, “My favorite activity that we did was go to different businesses. It really helped me understand how businesses work. I loved it when the business leaders explained how they got to their current situation and the process of starting their own business. I learned there are so many possibilities!”

Camp Girl VIP encourages young girls to see leadership in an up-close and personal way, allowing them to ask questions and see new industries they may not be familiar with. One of the businesses visited this summer was the local digital marketing agency, Lemonly. “I’d never heard of Lemonly, but when we arrived, I was amazed at how creative the employees were, and there was so much to learn and understand about how these businesses work. I felt like I had the ability to be just like them and use creativity to create a business,” says Cambree.

“I am more confident to grow in spaces that are uncomfortable. Allison (Youth Director) has helped me learn that it’s okay to go out of your comfort zone to do what you love and make it into business if you really want to, and I think that’s what I would like to do because of these EmBe camps. I have the confidence in myself​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ to be successful in whatever I do. Whether it’s running or starting a business!”

When we asked Cambree to recall a specific memory or lesson from camp, she said, “My favorite memory is when we were making blankets for the Sanford Children’s Hospital. I got to connect with everyone around me, and I just got to know them a lot better while we were helping and having fun. We were in the moment, and it was something I think back on and know I will carry with me in the future as an awesome memory.”​​​​​​