Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) is a four day sleep-away camp designed to empower its participants by: advocating a healthy lifestyle, providing vital information on sensitive topics, teaching leadership and team-building skills, encouraging critical thinking and logical decision-making, building a network of motivated girls and women, and fostering self-confidence and creative expression through a fun, safe, judgment-free environment. Camp GLOW Tongatapu is part of a nationwide project that conducts individual camps on the islands of Tongatapu and Vava'u, hosting female student leaders from various middle and high schools in Tongatapu and a school in our neighboring island 'Eua all of whom have displayed academic excellence and leadership potential. The camp will engage 40 girls through games, sports, arts, technical training, mentorships, and educational sessions. The sessions will cover topics such as goal setting, careers, leadership, public speaking, conflict resolution, sexual health, the rights of women and children, sexual harassment and domestic abuse, nutrition, food sanitation, and environmental responsibility. The camp will emphasize the importance of being informed, active, independent, and responsible citizens, and will include a mentorship program, called Model Mamas, to engage participants with women in leadership careers.
Camp GLOW Tongatapu will also involve a wide range of community members. Ten of the participants will be coming from 'Eua. Five of the best participants from previous Camp GLOWs will contribute to the camp as Junior Mentors. Each mentor will be paired with several of Tongatapu's and 'Eua's new Camp GLOW participants. Core Speakers from organizations that work for women's advancement or who represent the female minority in male-dominated fields will lead the camps main educational sessions. These sessions will be supplemented by a number of local speakers from a variety of careers and educational backgrounds. Finally, the campers will spend a day shadowing 4 Model Mamas, ́professional women who will serve as excellent role models and mentors. All of these women will benefit from the opportunity to network among their professional peers and potential colleagues. By holding the camp at this important moment in Tongan history and involving a wide range of community members, we hope to create a sustainable and highly influential Camp GLOW.