Monday: Frenemie vs. Friend
We discussed frenemies vs. friends by looking at how each treats others, makes you feel and examples of what each says and does. I made a "friend" and a "frenemie" poster for each topic.
Each girl received post-it notes and wrote one idea on each note then added their post-its to our poster. Once all the post-its were placed on the poster we would discuss that topic. We started with how friends and frenemies treat others. The girls wrote their thoughts on post-its and then stuck them to the posters.
I went through the posters and we discussed their ideas. We finished the first day with me asking the girls to think about ways to deal with frenemies for Tuesday. I told them to wear their acting hats as they would be practicing what to say when encountering a frenemie!
Tuesday: Responding to frenemies
On Tuesday I gave the girls some guidelines to remember when responding to frenemies: be respectful, be confident, use humor but not to make fun of others and be honest. Then we headed outside to practice ways to respond to frenemies. I read various situations the girls could encounter and had them pair up to discuss their response before role-playing for the group. They were so creative and got better and better with each situation!
Wednesday: I'm fabulous because...
I talked to the girls about the #1 defense against frenemies/bullies: CONFIDENCE! We discussed how you can choose how to react to frenemie situations and how you let it impact you. If you remember to believe in yourself, no frenemie stands a chance! I gave the girls a sheet that said "I'm fabulous because..." at the top. On the side it was numbered 1-20. The girls spent a few minutes listing (at least) twenty things that made them fabulous. Some girls had forty items on their lists!!
Once their lists were complete we headed outside to show-off our fabulousness. The girls helped trace outlines of each other with chalk (that I got on clearance at JoAnn's!) and then they wrote all the things that make them fabulous on the inside of their chalk person.
I took a picture of each girl by their creation holding the "I am fabulous because...." sign I made, which they got to take home the last day of camp. I have to say this was my favorite part of book camp! I will definitely use this activity this school year with small groups in some way, shape or form!