FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAMP GIRL BOSS FAQS

TALK TO PAST ORGANIZERS

Do you have questions that you’d like to ask prior hosts of Camp Girl Boss programs? Here is a list of current and past organizers who you are welcome to email to discuss their experiences:

Jill Sparks: Executive Director, Small Business Center/Business Incubation at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and the Regional Director, NC Small Business Center Network (SBCN)

Terry Bellamy: Director of Community & Economic Development, Madison County Economic Development Board

Steve Padgett: Director, Small Business Center at the Cleveland County Community College

Sherri Davis: Director, Small Business Center at A-B Tech Madison Campus

CAMP GIRL BOSS GLOSSARY

Girl Boss – middle school girl attending Camp Girl Boss

Sequoyah Fund – Sequoyah Fund is a Native CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) based in Cherokee, North Carolina. They are the owner and manager of the Camp Girl Boss program, and REAL Entrepreneurship which is the curriculum utilized within the camp. Sequoyah Fund is the primary manager of all legal agreements, insurance, background checks, and databases.

Breedlove & Company – B&Co is the contracted project management firm working alongside Sequoyah Fund to ensure all the logistics, training, and curriculum are taken care of for a successful 2020 Camp Girl Boss. The President of B&Co, Emily Breedlove, is also the Founder of Camp Girl Boss.

Sponsoring Nonprofit – The local 501(c)(3) which is signing the agreement with Sequoyah Fund to host the camp, and serve as the Fiscal Agent

Host – Primary Point of Contact with the Sponsoring Nonprofit, who serves as the organizational lead, however is not required to serve as an Organizer

Organizer – One of three adult females who serves as the lead organizer for the week-long camp. Organizers must have the passion, capacity, and availabile to be the main drivers behind the preparation, coordination, and logistical management of the camp. There must be at least 2 Organizers onsite at the camp during the 8:30 – 4:30, Monday thru Friday, on the week of the camp. Organizers can teach any of the Camp Modules, but can also recruit local trainers to teach.

Lead Organizer – One of the three Organizers who serves as the primary point of contact between B&Co, Sequoyah Fund, and the Sponsoring Nonprofit

Facilitators – Local Guest Trainers who join the Camp to teach various modules, and receive training around the associated curriculum/activities

Professional Support Team – Locally recruited Photographers, Graphic Designers, and Web Developers who join the Camp at the specific times (1 Photographer comes Tuesday morning to take headshots, 3-4 Graphic Designers come Tuesday afternoon for Graphic Design Camp, and Web Developers come Thursday afternoon for Website Bootcamp)

Mentors – Local Women in Business and Women Entrepreneurs who work one-on-one with their assigned GirlBoss mentee to help advise them through the week-long journey. Mentors spend their lunch hour with their GirlBosses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Having a Mentor for each GirlBoss is very important since this is the opportunity for the Girl to engage directly with an adult, plus having an entrepreneurial ally is a big confidence booster.

Sponsor – Area companies or nonprofits who contribute to the camp either through fundraising, packaged sponsorship tiers, or through providing scholarships for the girls. Levels and types of sponsorships are determined by the Organizers and Sponsoring Nonprofit.

Federal Background Checks – To ensure the safety of all our GirlBosses, a piece of mind of the parents, and lessen the liability of the Sponsoring Nonprofit, every adult who engages with the camp must pass a rigorous federal background check. Sequoyah Fund will process, review, and enforce the results of the background checks.

PayPal Account – Each camp has the ability to create their own PayPal account which is connected directly to the Sponsoring Nonprofit in order to take registration funds, sponsorship contributions, and/or fundraising dollars for the Camp. Sequoyah Fund and B&Co are in no way involved in the transactions of the individual camps. We will, however, post the designated PayPal payment button on the Camp Registration page to collect contributions.

Camp Insurance – Each camp will be covered by a top-rated insurance policy which addresses specific liability associated with summer day camps for minors in public spaces. The insurance ensures that the facility meets all needs of the program, as well as the Sponsoring Nonprofit and Venue are protected through the camp.

THE ANNUAL LICENSE

WHAT IS AN ANNUAL LICENSE?

Communities can purchase a 2020 Camp Girl Boss Annual License to host a week-long Camp locally between June 6th and August 14th. The license only includes 1 week-long camp, for up to 15 girls, during the summer of 2020. Additional weeks can be purchased under the license.

HOW MUCH IS AN ANNUAL LICENSE?

The license includes 1 week-long camp for up to 15 girls, hosted between June 6th and August 14th during the summer of 2020. The license costs either $1500 (when paid in 3 installments of $500) or $1400 (a discounted single payment).

The first installment of $500 or the $1400 is due upon application approval, in order to confirm the Community as an active Host.

Additional camps can be purchased if host communities want to host more than one camp during the summer of 2020. Each additional camp is $950, and would include all supplies for another 15 girls.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR A LICENSE?

Communities must apply by April 15, 2020 to be considered as one of the 100 Communities, or once the 100 limit is met.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A LICENSE?

A sponsoring non-profit organization or 501(c)3 must apply to host the camp, and serve as the fiscal agent for Camp Girl Boss. The organization must apply, as well as, the organizational point of contact must pass a Federal Background Check prior to application approval. The deposit will be not collected until approval of the organization and of the point of contact has been confirmed.

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITHIN THE LICENSE?

As part of the Annual License package, Sequoyah Fund and the Camp Girl Boss Leadership Team is agreeing to provide the following elements to the Host Community:

  • Camp License Agreement between Sequoyah Fund and the Sponsoring Organization (Host)
  • Camp Insurance between Sequoyah Fund, the Sponsoring Organization, and the Venue
  • Federal Background Checks on behalf of ALL participating adults in the Camp
  • Camp Registration Page on CampGirlBoss.com, with Host access to update the Page, and Virtual Training on how to update
  • All registration forms and database collection, with Host access
  • Facebook Event on the Camp Girl Boss Facebook page linking to Registration Page
  • Installment of the specific PayPal link (managed by Sponsoring Organization) to collect registrations, sponsorships, and/or fundraising on the Camp Registration Page
  • 1000 Printed Postcards and 25 Printed Posters with Community Specific Camp details
  • Organizer Handbook PDF and 3 Printed Copies, Virtual Training Portal, and Private Organizer Facebook Group
  • All Curriculum Content and Activities in both Printed Booklets and Digital format
  • All Video Modules in Virtual Portal
  • Facilitation Handbook PDF and 5 Printed Copies, Module Guides, and Virtual Training Portal
  • GirlBoss Printed Playbooks (15), GirlBoss Journals (15), and GirlBoss Graduation Certificates (15)
  • Camp Supplies: Colored Pencil Sets (15), Calculators (7), Glue Sticks (15), Scissors (7), Post-it Notes (15), 3×5 Cards (5), Posterboard (30), Mechanical Pencils (30), Washable Marker Sets (7)
  • Camp SWAG: Girl Boss Aluminum Water Bottles (20), Lanyards and Nametags (40), Girl Boss Totebags (40)
  • Ongoing Staff support throughout the onboarding and camp journey
WHAT IS A HOST COMMUNITY RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING?

As part of the Annual License package, the Host Community is responsible for providing the following:

  • Pay Annual License fee by designated deadlines the $1500 (in 3 installments of $500) or $1400 (discounted single payment)
  • Research, Book, and confirm Camp Venue
  • Select the Week to host camp
  • Determine the ideal budget for the Camp and create the PayPal account if transactions will be made on the Camp Registration Page
  • Build Leadership Team, Support Partner Team, Facilitators, and Mentors
  • Recruit Girl Bosses to attend the camp
  • Purchase, Prepare, and Serve the food for the week-long camp to feed all Girl Bosses, Mentors, and Organizers
  • Host a safe, comfortable, inclusive, and educational experience for the 15 girls attending the camp for the entire week (Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM)

CAMP STRUCTURE

WHEN IS THE CAMP HOSTED?

Each camp is a week-long day camp which lasts from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Monday through Friday. In addition, Camp Organizers should plan for morning drop-offs to be from 8:30 – 9:00 AM and afternoon pick-ups from 4:00 – 4:30 PM. The Host Facility should be booked from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM to account for set-up and break-down each day.

2020 Camps are available to be hosted between June 6th and August 14th. Communities are able to select their specific week, within that time period.

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF A VENUE?

A host venue needs to be a facility which has limited public access to minimize interaction between GirlBosses and unapproved adults. Organizer supervision is required for GirlBosses to move throughout the building and grounds, including restroom visitations, along with pick-ups and drop-offs.

The facility must accomodate the educational and techology needs in order to comfortably deliver the Camp Girl Boss curriculum. This involves a classroom style room with enough tables, desks, and chairs. Fully functioning Audio Visual equipment, ie: projector, screen, computer, speakers, accessible internet.

Onsite at the venue, there needs to be an operational computer lab with enough working computers for each GirlBoss and the presenter. These computers must connect to the internet and allow the girls to individually login. The computer lab is only needed on Thursday afternoon, but cannot be accessed by unapproved students or adults during the Bootcamp. (If you have resources at your disposal and can secure up to 15 computers/laptops they can be brought into the camp to replace the need of a computer lab.)

The venue needs to have safe, sizeable, and well-lit parking lot which does not require the girls to cross a busy street in order to reach the facility. Organizers must be present at the front of the building during drop-offs and pick-ups.

CAMP CURRICULUM

HOW IS THE CURRICULUM DELIVERED?

The Camp Girl Boss leadership team provides the host community with all curriculum, activities, and supplies needed for the week-long camp. The community team is required to facilitate the follow-up conversations and activities which accompany each of the modules.

The curriculum is delivered through a combination of 25 Video Modules which introduce the concept of each section and define the critical elements. The Modules are story-based learning which uses real-world interviews and examples to demonstrate the meaning and importance of the elements. Working in conjunction with the video modules, will be the printed GirlBoss Playbooks which will present the associated case studies, questions, activities, and prompts for the girls to take next steps on understanding the concepts.

To assist the Organizers and Facilitators in supporting the girls with the material, we will be providing a separate Facilitation Guidebook with detailed background and instructions for each module. We also will offer Organizers access to the Video Modules that the Girls will watch during camp, as well as, ancillary training videos made specifically for the adults.

As a supplement to the training, there will be optional activities and games available for Organizers to integrate into the week, based upon the personalities of the girls.

Lastly, our team will make themselves available throughout the process in a Private FB Group to address ongoing questions, concerns, and requests Organizers get oriented with the curriculum.

WHAT ARE THE TOPICS COVERED IN THE CAMP?

Camp Girl Boss is pushing the limits of a traditional youth entrepreneurship summer camp by integrating more advanced digital marketing, thought leadership, and professional development. The week-long camp delivers 25 modules which walk the girls through the following elements:

  • Personal Mission, Vision, and Values
  • Draft a Bio, Mission Statement, and Positioning Statement
  • LEAN Business Model
  • Problem/Solution Fit
  • Product/Market Fit
  • Ideal Customer Avatar
  • Brand Experience & Brand Elements
  • Conducting Market Research & Customer Discovery
  • Design a Custom Logo & Brand Assets
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Public Speaking
  • Boundaries & Conflict Resolution
  • Product Development
  • Website Wireframe & Mockup
  • Social Media Editorial Calendar
  • Budgeting, Breakeven, and Cashflow
  • Product Pricing
  • Goal Setting
  • Website Bootcamp
  • Pitch Prep & Delivery
GRAPHIC DESIGN CAMP - CUSTOM LOGOS

At the end of Day 2 (Tuesday), the GirlBosses have the chance to learn about the importance of Branding and build their own custom logo. In order to make this happen, the host community will need to recurit 3-4 local graphic designers to attend the 2 hour activity and help build logos using our pre-built templates.

As part of the curriculum, the girls will learn elements of a brand experience and how colors, fonts, tones, words, and imagery shape the overall experience of a brand. They will then select a list of fonts, colors, and vectors which the graphic designers will have access to. When the girls sit down with the designers, it typically only takes about 10 minutes for them to walk through their selections to create a custom logo. By sitting next to the designer during the creation process, GirlBosses have the chance to see how it is done, offer input in real time, and land on a final logo which genuinely represents the brand of their business.

The graphic designer then will upload the finished logo into the designated folders, to ensure that it is accessible during the Website Bootcamp.

WORDPRESS WEBSITE BOOTCAMP

Rather than focusing the entire week of camp around building a complete business plan, the GirlBosses instead create their own single-page ecommerce WordPress Website. Accomplishing this feat is possible due to the collaboration between the Camp Girl Boss leadership team and Big Boom Design, which is the company behind Pre-Camp at WordCamp Asheville.

Thanks to the expertise and template creations from Big Boom Design, Camp Girl Boss is able to teach the girls how to construct their own “live” website to serve as the culmination of their entrepreneurial journey. Throughout the week, they create the necessary elements for the website including the generation of a Mission Statement, Bio, Headshot, Logo, 3 Products, Product Descriptions, Produce Prices, Testimonials, and Branding elements. With those completed elements in hand, the girls are then taken into the 4-5 hour website bootcamp in the computer lab.

Through a detailed instructional video, hosted by Boomer Sassmann of Big Boom Design, paired with the custom built theme and plugins for the site, the girls can successfully build a complete website within the 4-5 hour period. They are then able to showcase the website when they share their 1 minute pitch during the Camp Girl Boss graduation ceremony on Friday.

CAMP LEADERSHIP

WHO ARE IDEAL SUPPORT PARTNERS?

It truly takes a village to host a successful Camp Girl Boss program, but that also is one of the reasons why the experience is so powerful. During the past few years, the Camp Girl Boss leadership team has identified key players within any community who help to ensure that the camp experience is a positive one. These members are helpful support partners since at some point in the camp planning process, Organizers will typically need to lean on these types of organizations:

  • Chamber of Commerce (provide access to Women Entrepreneurs to recruit Mentors and offer Sponsorship Opportunities)
  • Small Business Center or Small Business Development Center (Potential Venue, Hub for Entrepreneurial Education, and advocate for Youth Support)
  • Economic Development Commission (Connection to the County, which is helpful for finding a facility and recruiting Sponsors)
  • School Board, Administrator, Teacher (Middle Schools are potential Venues and being able to share postcards in the schools is helpful, Teachers made great Organizers)
  • Regional Girl Scouts (Direct connection to area Middle School Girls who are already interested in leadership, Scout Leader makes a great Organizer) 
  • United Way (Often have a Community Schools program which works directly with Middle Schools, and are always looking for give-back programs for Donors to get involved in)
WHO SHOULD BE CAMP ORGANIZERS?

Camp Organizers are a critical element for hosting a successful Camp. They are the primary leaders, visionaries, and engineers behind the program. Therefore, recruiting the ideal women is a key step for any camp.

Each camp requires three highly committed women (over the age of 21) to serve as the Organizers, with one of three serving as the “lead.” Organizers must have the passion, capacity, and availabile to be the main drivers behind the preparation, coordination, and logistical management of the camp.

There must be at least 2 Organizers onsite at the camp during the 8:30 – 4:30, Monday thru Friday, on the week of the camp. Organizers can teach any of the Camp Modules, but can also recruit local trainers to teach.

We have seen that the ideal combination of skillsets which encourage a balanced division of tasks are around the following:

1) Entrepreneurial Organizer – A woman who has a background in Entrepreneurship and is very comfortable with the content, curriculum, and questions of the girls

2) Youth Organizer – A woman who has direct experience working with girls in this age range and can engage in moments of drama, emotion, or conflict. This woman can be a mother of girls, a Girl Scout leader, a Youth Group leader, a Teacher, or a Counselor. Ideally, you need someone who is comfortable showing up for these girls when things get hard, because a week of 15 pre-teen girls is bound to present something hard.

3) Logistics Organizer – A woman who is comfortable juggling logistics, tasks, and timelines. Since there are a lot of timely steps to hosting a camp, it is helpful have an organizer who is skilled at managing checklists, timelines, and multi-tasking. This is often someone who is in event planning, project management, or is highly efficient. This organizer will run point on camp logistics like roster, catering, check-points, etc.

WHO MAKES UP THE PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT TEAM?

Locally recruited Photographers, Graphic Designers, and Web Developers who join the Camp at the specific times (1 Photographer comes Tuesday morning to take headshots, 3-4 Graphic Designers come Tuesday afternoon for Graphic Design Camp, and Web Developers come Thursday afternoon for Website Bootcamp)

CAMP BUDGET

ANNUAL LICENSE FEES

The license includes 1 week-long camp for up to 15 girls, hosted between June 6th and August 14th during the summer of 2020. The license costs either $1500 (when paid in 3 installments of $500) or $1400 (a discounted single payment).

The first installment of $500 or the $1400 is due upon application approval, in order to confirm the Community as an active Host.

Additional camps can be purchased if host communities want to host more than one camp during the summer of 2020. Each additional camp is $950, and would include all supplies for another 15 girls.

COMMUNITY EXPENSES

Each Host Community is responsible for the two main expenses:

1) Facility Fees, which can range from $0 to $1500, are the rental expenses for using a Venue. Some facilities like Community Colleges or Middle Schools will offer the rental of the space at a no cost or discounted rate. Most of the facilities that we have worked with were willing to comp us the space, with many of them only charging $200-400. There were some, however, which required $1200-1500.

2) Snacks and Lunches, which can range from $0 to $1500. Feeding the Girls is the largest expense which Camps will incur, but the funds can be minimized through a variety of approaches. Raising sponsorships from area businesses, asking for food contributions from local grocery stores, or having local restaurants sponsor a meal is a great way to cut costs. Now remember, that these girls will eat, especially snacks, so ensuring that you have enough food budget to offer enough brain-food is important.

WHERE DO THE SPONSORSHIPS GO?

Each Camp Team is able to decide whether or not they will raise sponsorships, and how that money is spent. The Sponsorhip contributions can be raised using the Camp Registration Page, using the designated PayPal link, however none of those funds will pass through Sequoyah Fund or B&Co. All funds raised by the Camps will go directly to the Sponsoring Nonprofit and used at the discretion of the Camp leaders.

DO GIRLBOSSES HAVE TO PAY TO ATTEND?

Each camp is able to decide whether or not there will be a fee for the GirlBosses to attend. If all expenses for the camp can be raised through outside contributions, it is possible for GirlBosses to attend the camp at no cost. We have also seen camps find success in having both a fee-based ticket for parents to lock in a spot by purchasing a seat for their daughters, and offering a limited number of scholarship tickets which are paid for by local sponsors.

However camps handle GirlBoss tickets, registration will take place on the Camp Registration Page, using a digital registration form which will be shared directly with local organizers. If GirlBoss participation is fee-based, puchases can also be made on the Registration Page using the PayPal link.

Sequoyah Fund and B&Co will not be involved in any camp specific transactions made on the Camp Girl Boss Website. The PayPal link will direct all payments to the Sponsoring Nonprofit bank account to disperse as necessary.

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