Life Lessons

Life Lessons: Camp Powerment

Life Lessons Camp Powerment

Jumping from ropes, sleeping in bunks, and singing around the campfire: this is Camp Powerment, a camp for adult women.

Tammi Leader Fuller started it as a way to relive the life-changing experiences she had as a child at sleep-away camp.

"Those two months in the summer made me who I am today," says Fuller. "Without our parents telling us who we should be, we became who we want to be."

She spent 34 years as an Emmy-winning TV producer, but decided to leave her career for camp.

"For so many years, I had a career that looked really great on paper, and it was prestigious and all that, but it didn't fill me up," said Fuller.

Here, the campers do all the traditional activities. They sing songs, play games, roast marshmallows, sleep in cabins, and have pie-eating contests.

"I'm channeling my inner child while I'm here," says camper Ivey Lasky.

"They're lots of great friends, new friends," says Molly Miles, another camper.

They also attend workshops on health, fitness, business, parenting, and more.

Life coach Dawn Andrews hosts a class on work-life balance, or getting rid of the notion of work-life balance.

"I encourage people to start their own businesses and pursue their happiness instead of this conversation around balance," explains Andrews.

Also, at Camp Powerment, doctors talk to the women about health issues.

"My landmark of the conversation is: get to know your body, know your normality," says breast health expert Vilma Biaggi, MD.

It's three and a half days of fun, self-reflection, and pushing your limits.

"I vowed to myself by jumping off the pole that I was not going to hold back anymore," says camper Kris Wittenberg. "I was going to go for it."

"It's all about me this time, instead about everyone else that I take care of," says camper Caron Cole.

"I can tell you 100 percent of the women go home changed," Fuller said.

The cost for three and a half days ranges from $850 to $1,000.

Tammi hosts about one camp session every month. You can check if there are upcoming camps in your area at the Camp Powerment website.

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