Camp Congress for Girls Austin is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 11 to 16 to U.S. politics. Camp begins with a lesson on the structure of our political system. Each girl will choose to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate or for the presidency. She will create her own campaign with a platform, campaign finance plan, and film a political ad. All campers will register to vote and then vote in an election. Once elected to Congress and sworn in, the newly installed members of Congress will learn how to introduce a bill, debate the merits of the bill, lobby fellow legislators, collaborate with the Executive branch and finally vote on the proposed bill. Camp will culminate with a ceremonial signing of the bill by our Ms. President. All participants will receive Certificate of Completion. Participating Girl Scouts will earn a badge for completion of this session. Looking for more events? View our 2022-2023 schedule at https://buytickets.at/girlsinpoliticsinitiative
Where possible the session will be hosted in a covered open-air classroom. Each Students will be served two pre-packed individual snacks. Camp runs from 8am to 12pm. For additional information contact us at +1 866-226-5911 extension 1, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.girlsinpolitics.com.
Frequently Asked Questions and COVID-19 Protocols
Is this a partisan program or supported by a political party? No, the Girls in Politics Initiative is an independent organization that is self-funded through the fees generated from hosting sessions. The curriculum is civic education.
Who are the instructors? Our Lead Instructors are women that currently or have previously worked in government or electoral politics. Our support staffers are current or former licensed teachers. Our instructors and support staff have criminal background checks and WWC cards.
We will be following the guidance and regulations local health departments and the United States Centers for Disease Control in formulating protocols for in-person camps for 2022-2023.
To ensure the health and security of our participants, instructors and support staff, the Girls in Politics Initiative has implemented the following policy:
Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend all indoor camps, classes and events for students 5 years of age and up.
Students with a medical condition or a closely-held religious belief that prevents vaccination must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test to attend an indoor camp, class or event. The COVID-19 test must be administered within 24 hours of the start of the indoor camp, class or event. Masks are optional unless mandated by the public health authorities however masks are strongly recommended.
All Girls in Politics Initiative instructors and support staff are required to be full vaccinated as of September 22, 2021. All GIP instructors and support staff will wear masks during all indoor camps, classes and events.
For all indoor programming masks are required at all times for students, GIP instructors and GIP support staff regardless of vaccination status.