Watch this video for a brief intro to your camp-in-a-box
Check out this video on the first camp-in-a-box activity!
It's day 2 of REMIX! How excited are you for your second activity?
Today’s Empower Camp Remix activity includes a bit of creativity and self-expression!
What could it be?!
Today’s activity is a magical gift from Potion Pam and Head of the Bilbao House, Cindy! (Yes, a nod to Harry Potter🧙🏻♀️)
In their Potions Class last week, they made magical hand scrubs designed for relaxation, positive vibes and smiles! ⚡️
Check it out and let us know what you think! 💫
It’s Campfire Day! 🔥 Complete with a glow jar (campfire), s’mores (😋) and a campfire reflections activity (to be posted later today!)
The campfire at Empower Camp is a powerful all-camp experience with songs, s’mores, powerful empowerment stories and sometimes a dance party!!
Doing our best to recreate the magic of the campfire at home this summer 🧡💛
Ramblings and reflections with your camp director, Sarah, in an effort to share my own personal goal for the coming year: It’s about the journey, not the destination.
What’s your goal for 2021? Whatever it may be - know that your Camp Fam supports you and that it is enough. Do the best that you can, and be at peace with that. There is no “right” way to process everything happening in our world right now. 🖤
Led by Camp Counselor Kerry, check out this beautiful confidence-boosting craft for today! 🎨
We hope you’ll share your final poster with us, we’d love to see! 🥰
ACTIVITY 9 🍭of our REMIX Program to kick off your week!
I’m not giggling...you’re giggling...or maybe we’re all giggling🙊🍌🤣
Be a radiant warrior...share the empowerment message with others!
Camp would not be camp without singing camp songs (loudly and proudly)! 🎤 🎶
The Empower Camp song crew made up new lyrics to an old camp favorite tune back in January (as you can see since we are all inside together! What a difference a few months has made!) ANYWAYS...we hope you like it!
SING ALONG WITH US! 🥳😃
Our team history:
Named after the largest northern City in Spain, Bilbao is famous for being home to the Guggenheim Modern and Contemporary Art Museum!
Our founder, Sarah, studied abroad there in 2010 where she lived with a host family for the summer. She taught her host mom how to say “fork” and her host mom crumbled to the ground in a fit of laughter! Sarah enjoyed going to futbol games and learning how to cook authentic recipes with her host family. There was always an abundance of laughter! Sarah returned to Bilbao to visit her host family in the summer of 2011 and again in 2012. She will always cherish the time spent with her Spain family!
Our team color: GREEN
Our team chant: Bilbao Team Chant Video
“Woosh Be Wild, Woosh Woosh Be Wild.
1, 2, 3, your worth, Push your limits to the end of the earth!”
Hi! I’m Cindy and I live in Cheektowaga with my husband, Eric, our two cats, Sophie and Liam, and our new golden retriever puppy, Poutine. I’m half-Canadian, hence the name Poutine. My quarantine hobbies have been starting my first garden, attempting to learn how to speak Greek, reading, and teaching Poutine how to do tricks. I’m also currently in college for my master’s degree, so my life is pretty busy! I love watching Netflix, trying out new healthy recipes, going on walks around my neighborhood, and accidentally singing the wrong lyrics to songs in the car. I can’t wait for my third year at Empower Camp!
Hello, my name is Cate but a lot of my Empower Camp friends call me Jelly. My favorite kind of jelly is actually not jelly, it’s strawberry jam. I’ve spent much of quarantine making homemade jam, which is fun because you get to act like an old witch by cackling while stirring her witch’s brew of puréed strawberries. I’m currently in college for Graphic Design at Buffalo State. Going to school online is definitely not the same as being there in person, so I cannot wait for when I can drive back onto campus... I never thought I would say that. In my free time when I’m not working or making strawberry jam I like to practice yoga and go on a morning run with my dog Blü. Cows are my favorite animal and my favorite mythical creatures are gnomes, like my pal Michael who is safe from The Mascot Wars™ inside my room.
My name is pronounced “tea”. I am a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother to 1 daughter and have 2 stepsons that live in Norway. Much to my daughter’s dismay, we have no pets! I wish I had more time for hobbies; even in our quarantine life, right now, I spend my free time trying to enjoy time in the yard or outside, because we all know Buffalo summers are short! I love to travel and experience new cultures and countries, especially their food; so, I am ready for the world to “get back to normal” so we can globetrot again. Although, I do enjoy the slower paced life and extra quality time with family these days. I am also obsessed with pens, even though I take all my notes on a phone or computer!
Our team history:
Named after Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a famous Nigerian writer whose work has been translated into 30 languages, Team Adichie is all about being strong and fearless women! One of Adichie's most famous books is “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” AND did you know that she visited Buffalo in 2015? How cool is that!
Our team color: PURPLE
Our team chant: Adichie Team Chant Video
“Be Proud, huhuhuhu,
Accept yourself, Hu! Love yourself, Hu!
Trust yourself, Hu!”
Hello there, my name is Amy, and I am a camp counselor! I currently work as a supervisor at a mental health clinic with children and their parents. Throughout my college career and beyond I have always known that I love working and helping people. I was born and raised here in Buffalo, NY and have a 3 year old puppy named Zoey. Things that I enjoy are being in or around water, Netflix, and exercising in almost all forms despite being a slow runner and often clumsy; it is not about the pace but the journey! I got into Empower Camp as our fearless leader Sarah shamelessly recruited me as we grew up going to camp together and she knows all about my exuberant energy, love of singing (poorly), and fun loving spirit. I am so excited to see all that Empower Camp Remix has in store for us all!!
Hey Campers! My name is Kaylee, and I’m from the far off, mystical land called Ohio! I grew up in a very rural community where my whole school was kindergarten through twelfth grade, and I had 72 kids in my class! After high school I went to college at Ohio Northern University where I met our super awesome, amazing Sarah, and that’s how I got involved with Empower Camp! For work, I am a geriatric pharmacist where I visit nursing homes and review patient’s medications to help them have less side effects and eliminate medications they no longer need. For fun, I love to travel! You’ll be hard pressed to find an adventure I’ll say no to - last October I went scuba diving at midnight off a boat that was 2 miles from shore to observe larval stage ocean critters!
Get ready for a super fun summer remix because let’s be real… I’m kind of a good time.
Claire works in Human Resources 9-5, but 5-9 helps others learn and grow! She especially likes to help people be successful in their jobs, and help them obtain professional communication and networking skills needed in life and at work. Claire was a counselor for 2019 camp and is excited to be back again for REMIX!
Our team history:
The Gobi Desert is the largest desert in East Asia and is a cold desert… the average temp is 37 degrees! Our founder, Sarah, hiked 60 miles across the desert in 2016 and, on this journey, she made the personal commitment to create Empower Camp (a lifelong dream of hers!) when she got back home…and she did!
Our team color: RED
Our team chant: Gobi Team Chant Video
“Be a, Be a, Radiant warrior, share your power with others” x2 !
Cecilia (Cece) is the Vice President of Empower Camp. Cecilia loves to be politically active and advocate for others. She speaks Spanish and a little French, and loves to sing and dance.
Bri is a Sales Engineer at Harper International. Bri is passionate about women empowerment and mentors young female engineers at her alma mater (University at Buffalo). In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing in her dodgeball league, traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog Milo!
Carrie is a Learning Specialist for UB School of Medicine. Carrie loves to read and try new things... well mostly food, not so much outdoorsy things although this picture would fool you (this hike was a biiiiggg accomplishment). I love empowering other women to find what they love, what makes them strong, and how they can make their mark on the world.
Our team history:
The Empower Camp #TeamChallenges, which are our life-sized puzzles and custom-built obstacle courses, are inspired by the CBS Show, “Survivor.” “Survivor” is an adventure reality TV show where contestants attempt to outwit, outplay and outlast each other to become the Sole Survivor and win a $1 million dollar prize. Timbira was one of the tribes on this show in 2009.
Our team color: YELLOW
Our team chant: Timbira Team Chant Video
“Powering Up, Powering Up, Igniting our Power and Powering up!”
This is my third year of Empower Camp. I just had a baby boy named Max! I’m a dancer and have been dancing since I was 5 years old. I love playing board games with my friends and family, and I am a huge Disney and Marvel fanatic! I can’t wait to see what you guys do with the camp in a box activities.
This is my first year of Empower Camp. I love my dog (Mirka), Disney and Harry Potter. I am quirky, giggly, and sarcastic. I am also super bummed that the 2020 Summer Olympics got postponed. I was really looking forward to watching TEAM USA WIN BRING HOME MORE GOLD! I can’t wait to have a great first year as a counselor!
This is my third year of Empower Camp! I’m a nurse, self-proclaimed Tie-Dye Girl, Horoscope enthusiast, and I have a loud personality! I can’t wait to (virtually) meet all of you!
Hi Campers! I'm Sarah, the creator and founder of Empower Camp. While I am sad that we cannot be at camp together this summer, I am so excited to REMIX with you this August! I hope that you all feel that Empower Camp power in your souls with our at-home camp-in-a-box activities and through our virtual Camp Connection Sessions. We promise you that as soon as we can safely have camp that we will bring the Empower Camp Fam back together.
I live in Buffalo with my husband, Joe, and my shiba inu pup, Quinn. Both of them make guest appearances on our Instagram story from time to time! I am passionate about camping, hiking and going on new adventures. My husband and I LOVE hiking the mountains in the Adirondacks. I also enjoy reading fiction stories and am a huge fan of the T.V. show 'Survivor.' I love being outside, dancing, laughing and singing camp songs.
I look forward to getting to know you during Remix!