Wonder Girls Camp starts soon

Campers prepare to paint a frog design as they take part in an art activity during the Crisis Center of West Texas’ fifth annual Wonder Girls summer camp Tuesday afternoon, July 13, 2021, at Crossroads church on Highway 191. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American)

The eighth edition of Crisis Center of West Texas’ Wonder Girls Camp is coming up June 25-28 at Crossroads Fellowship.

Registration is still open for girls entering fifth through eighth grade in the fall. Visit ccwtx.org/wondergirls

The last day of camp will be a field trip to Chevron in Midland.

“This is going to be our second year doing the field trip. The girls really liked it last year,” Prevention Education Director Alejandra Ramirez said.

She added that Chevron does a really good job of organizing a full day of activities for the girls.

“They do a variety of different stuff. They focus on careers in the industry, and then they also take them through like a showcase of some of the stuff that they have,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez said they have about 20 girls signed up, but applications are still open. They have a cap of 30 campers. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

80/20 will be brought in again this year for the camp. The theme is Outer Space this year.

“They do STEM activities with them. We’re going to be having 80/20 the three days of camp,” Ramirez said.

Culligan will be doing a water demonstration and they will have a career day where different professionals will share things about their careers and what they do so the girls can get to know about different fields.

Kickboxing and dance are also offered.

Ramirez said campers love Wonder Girls.

“We do it to empower young girls, to teach them about the different careers, while also doing STEM activities, teaching them a little bit about the services at the Crisis Center, as well. It’s really just a great educational experience, too, from the STEM activities, the field trip at Chevron, but it also has some fun components like kickboxing, Zumba, the dancing and all of that. It’s a great camp that has a little bit of everything,” Ramirez said.

She added that the prevention team visits schools in the community, so some of that is taught at the camp as well.

There is a cost for the camp, but they also have scholarships available. If someone is interested in how to qualify, they can email Ramirez at [email protected]

“We’re just really excited for camp this year. … We’ve got some surprises for our Wonder Girls as well. … We are always trying to see how we can make the camp more interactive for campers,” she added.