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Strong GIRL Fest

Hutchison School and Girls Scouts Heart of the South present

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Show Us What You've Got!

Join us for Strong GIRL Fest, an interactive community event to celebrate and empower girls of all ages.
 
Test your engineering skills, get down and dirty with urban farming, or participate in girl-led dance and theatre performances about historical female role models. The truly inspired can run for office at Camp Congress, an all-day workshop for girls in grades 5th through 8th.

Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code

“It’s about role models. You can’t be what you cannot see.”

Grow STRONG With Us!

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  • S - Skills to Build and Grow

    Fishing Rodeo
    Visit the Hutchison lake to learn how to bait a hook and catch fish in a fun morning of catch-and-release fishing.

    Flower Crowns and Selfie Station
    Come on out to the farm where you can pick flowers and create beautiful flower crowns. Make sure you bring a camera or a phone to snap photos of your flower creations in the selfie station!
     
    Build Your Own Terrarium
    Dig in the dirt, plant a few succulents, and then take home a terrarium! You’ll learn how to nurture and care for these resilient plants.
     
    Bee Educated
    Come and Bee educated with a fun activity and learn how pollinators keep our farm growing strong.

    Fishing Rodeo
    Visit the Hutchison lake to learn how to bait a hook and catch fish in a fun morning of catch-and-release fishing.

    Flower Crowns and Selfie Station
    Come on out to the farm where you can pick flowers and create beautiful flower crowns. Make sure you bring a camera or a phone to snap photos of your flower creations in the selfie station!
     
    Build Your Own Terrarium
    Dig in the dirt, plant a few succulents, and then take home a terrarium! You’ll learn how to nurture and care for these resilient plants.
     
    Bee Educated
    Come and Bee educated with a fun activity and learn how pollinators keep our farm growing strong.
     
  • T - Train like an Athlete

    Sports Clinics
    Be a Hutchison athlete for the day and come have a practice session with our team coaches! Choose from soccer, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, or come practice all 4 sports!
     
    Fun and Games
    Looking for some different ways to get active? Come discover how much fun an obstacle course, bowling, nerf gun target-shooting and boot camp at Hutchison can be!
     
    Cheer and Pom
    Brush up on your dance moves in this upbeat cheer and pom clinic.
     
    Yoga
    Needing a place to rest and rejuvenate for more festival fun? Come practice your down dog in these quick and fun yoga sessions.
  • R - Rock Robotics & Science Like a Star

    Flutter By
    Create a beautiful butterfly and then make it “fly” through the power of static electricity.

    Pattern Your World
    Patterns are all around us from nature to the circuits found everyday technology, come create a patterned bracelet to complete your very own “circuit!”

    What’s the Worm?!
    Ever wanted to see inside the wiggly dirt dwellers? Come open one up and explore exactly what they are made of! (Alternatives will be provided for the squeamish.)

    Light it Up!
    Make a flashlight out of everyday objects and illuminate your world!

    On the Go!
    Air can power our world, come make a transportation device that is powered by the air around us.
  • O - Optimize Your Leadership Potential

    Camp Congress
    Want to one day run for elected office? Here’s a camp that will teach you how. Create your own campaign with a platform, slogan, finance plan, website and a political ad for television. Then take part in our mock election.
     
    Strong Girls Hall of Fame
    Learn about strong women who blazed the path before us and analyze the character traits that made them successful. Recognize and celebrate your own traits that make you a Strong Girl! This activity is geared towards girls 3rd grade and older.
     
    Strong Girl Story Time
    Everybody loves a good story time. Cozy up to hear stories about strong girls. Then create a prop from a story for future retelling at home. This activity is geared towards girls 2nd grade and younger.
     
    Leadership Challenge
    Hone your leadership and teamwork skills by participating in group challenges. Team challenges are geared towards girls third grade and older.
     
    Egg Drop Teamwork Challenge
    Work with a team and barter for supplies to create the safest case possible to protect an egg dropped from a second story balcony. This activity is geared towards girls third grade and older.
     
    What Are Your True Colors?
    Gain insight into your strengths and learning style by taking a short personality quiz. This activity is geared towards girls fifth grade and older.
     
    Madam President
    Practice public speaking behind a real podium with a real microphone! This is a perfect photo opportunity to capture our youngest Strong Girls using their voices to command an audience. This activity is for girls in first grade and younger.
  • N - Nurture Art & Beauty

    Dance Workshops
    Join us in the ballet studio for clinics in musical theatre, tap, modern and ballet dance forms. Meet professional dancers from Project:Motion Dance Collective and Collage Dance Collective.

    Visual Art Demonstrations
    Throughout campus enjoy watching art being created by young women. Life Drawing Demonstrations in the MS Art Studio and Watercolor Landscape Painting around the Lake will show different art making techniques using life as inspiration. Girls will be amazed as they watch pottery created on wheels.

    Visual Art Workshops

    Girls will get to apply their creativity and create works of art to bring home. Printmaking and Watercolor activities give our youngest artists opportunity to nurture their creative ideas. Each girl can create a collage or drawing to pin up in the ongoing community-built Strong GIRL Art Exhibit.

    Drum Circles

    Show your love of music while participating a community drum circle.

    Green Screen Magic

    Join young women filmmakers in the Film Studio and learn how to use a green screen and digital film cameras.

    Instrument ‘Petting Zoo’          

    Come to our Orchestra Studio and try your hand making music on a violin, cello or bass. Ever want to strum an electric guitar or sit behind a drum kit? Come join the fun!

    Sidewalk Chalk Museum          

    Add your art to the ongoing community side walk chalk museum in the courtyard.

    Girls Rock! Photobooth

    Show your inner Rockstar and pose for photos in our Girls Rock! Photobooth

    Company d Dancers

    Join us in the theater to see Company d Dancers share company repertory that celebrates strong girls!

    Classical Indian Dance Demonstrations

    Kumar School of Performing Arts brings classical Indian dancers to share at the festival.

    Pottery Demonstrations
    Girls will be amazed as they watch pottery created on wheels.
  • G - Generate Ideas through Innovation

    Girls Rock Challenge: Towers
    Try to build the tallest rock tower by applying your knowledge of balance and weight. See if you can earn bragging rights for creating the tallest one!

    Girls Rock Challenge: Bridges
    It’s a Bridge Builder’s Paradise. Explore the properties of balance and weight while building bridges with interesting rocks.

    Girls Rock 901 Rocks
    Come create your Strong Girl Rock. Design a strong girls message on one of your favorite colored rocks.

    Mystery Bags
    What’s in your bag? Take a look at objects in a different way, brainstorm and see what you can create and take home.

    Recyclable Creations
    Create your way into some fall fun. Join us in creating fall themed creations with engaging materials.

Other Opportunities

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  • Food Truck Roundup

  • Girl Scout Badge Booth

    Girl Scouts can check off several badge requirements by participating in Strong GIRL Fest. Stop by to pick up your check-off list. 
  • Kids Zone

    Let the kids burn some energy in our Kids Zone! With six bouncy houses, sidewalk chalk, corn hole toss, face painting, balloon animals, soccer activities, and hula hoops there is something fun for every age!

    Stop by the Kids Zone and join in the soccer fun with Soccer Shots, an engaging soccer program for ages 2-8 that utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting!
  • Market Place

    Come browse through a marketplace of products and services invented by girls, for girls. Learn what teams of budding entrepreneurs did to imagine and develop their products from the ground up and then participate in a consumer survey to give feedback.

Community Partners

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  • Hutchison Strong

    Contact us today to tour our campus and see firsthand why Hutchison is the best school in Memphis for your daughter.

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