In the year of our 10th anniversary at The Handwork Studio we have a lot of amazing accomplishments to look back upon. To me there is no bigger accomplishment and testament to our purpose than being able to watch a once tiny kindergartener become a mature, caring, and compassionate counselor.
Over the past few years as many of our campers start to age out of our programs we have created a next step to allow our campers experience with us come full circle. Now instead of coming as campers to The Handwork Studio, many of our teen and pre-teen campers will be spending a part of their summer vacation working with us. When campers reach the age of 12 they can begin to volunteer and starting at 14, up to 17 they are Counselors in Training (CIT's).
This summer we will have 23, 12-17 year olds holding down these positions, our largest group as of yet! They will be assisting in teaching our campers the same techniques that they had once learned when they went to The Handwork Studio; sewing, knitting, embroidery, crochet, friendship bracelets, etc.
Like a mother hen I swell with pride to see many of our CIT's and Volunteers exhibit confidence and leadership abilities, they are passionate about working with children, and teaching the needle arts, and genuinely fun, happy, caring people. I could not be more proud of this upcoming group of young people that are dedicated to helping us teach the next generation of needle-artists.
Bella has been with The Handwork Studio for 10 years. Above she is pictured as a Fashion Boot Camp camper in 2007 and in 2011 Bellas was a JR. Counselor!