Spotlight on... Rite of Me

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Rite of Me is a self-esteem building exercise disguised as an outdoor activities program. Hosted at our Outdoor Centre, girls 10 – 13 years old take part in archery, rock climbing, the low ropes course, hiking, ‘The Amazing Race’, cooking, team building games and crafts under the mentorship of dedicated staff. While this program is definitely about having fun, the emphasis is placed on self-reflection, goal setting, and building positive female relationships.


“We focus on empowerment, self-esteem, self-expression and self-image through outdoor adventure programming” says Dana Parkes, the program coordinator. “It’s great to see these pre-teen girls let go, be themselves and try out some activities that are not ‘űber-feminine’. They discover that they really enjoy getting muddy!”

Nine girls are currently participating in the first Rite of Me session through John Stubbs Memorial School in the West Shore. When David Cameron Elementary heard about the success of the program, they approached Boys & Girls Clubs to run a second session through them. That program had 12 girls signed up the first day it was advertised!

The program costs just $25 for eight sessions however, five out of nine of the participants in the first session received scholarships to attend. We are able to provide scholarships and run this program due to funding from GoodLife Kids Foundation and individual donors to the Boys & Girls Clubs. Without that support, we would not have positive stories to share about the effect this program has on young girls, like this story from Laura, a parent whose daughter attends Rite of Me:

“My daughter hasn’t wanted to be involved in after school programs of any kind before because she struggles to fit into the traditional models dedicated to a particular sport or activity. What’s so great about this program is that it’s accessible to any girl. I’ve never seen her respond so positively to a program before. She looks forward to it weekly and was so disappointed when it was cancelled due to the teacher’s strike.”

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