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2006, 2017


By |June 20th, 2017|Categories: A-Musings|

One hundred and fifty years ago, my dad’s family— the Leaders — left Russia, crammed into a crowded steamship. And though we may never know if their name really was Leader when they landed at Ellis Island, or if one of my ancestors made it up from the front of the line, it really doesn’t matter.

I was born a Leader.

If I was destined […]

1405, 2017

Dropping a Pin for the Mommas on Mother’s Day

By |May 14th, 2017|Categories: HI from HQ|

“How will a pin tell me where you are?” my 81-year-old, brilliantly talented mother and business partner Joan asks Chelsea, my 28-year-old daughter and other business partner.

My mom and I are visiting New York, looking for Chelsea on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The two of them are trying to use technology to help navigate us to the right street corner where Chelsea is standing.


1904, 2017

The Best Unexpected: A New Beginning Sparked at Camp

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Tales from the Tribe|

By: Christina Farrell Lerchen, Camper

“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you” – Misty Copeland 

My first experience with Campowerment was more than 2 years ago.  I was in the midst of major frazzled out spiral when I stumbled upon an article […]

1004, 2017

Don’t Be Afraid of Mercury in Retrograde

By |April 10th, 2017|Categories: Expert Insight|

Mercury went retrograde on April 9; it will turn direct on May 3.

When Mercury goes into retrograde, it seems that many want to take cover. But there’s something you need to know: if you were born during a Mercury retrograde period, retrograde is your prime time!

Mercury retrograde babies make up only a small percentage of the […]

2803, 2017

Love Note to the Leaders Among Us

By |March 28th, 2017|Categories: Expert Insight|

Dear Fellow Lovers of Leaders:

Don’t know what it is about those Leader Fuller women, but when asked if I wanted to write something for Campowerment in the middle of book launch week, under an impressive pile of things I’m either doing or actively not doing (hi, proposal for book two) – I couldn’t do anything […]

602, 2017


By |February 6th, 2017|Categories: Tales from the Tribe|

Velveth: A happily married mom of two beautiful girls. A politician in her hometown.  A daughter and a sibling.

Velveth (pronounced: Velvet) Schmitz is a camp girl. A longtime outdoor chick who never misses her annual week-long stay at University of California at Berkeley’s family camp, Lair of the Golden Bear.

Even with a background like that, Velveth […]

302, 2017

Walking’s Not for Wimps

By |February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Expert Insight|

Confession time: I may be a walking coach now, but I used to quietly turn my nose up at the idea of walking for a workout. I’d see walkers briskly strolling the neighborhood with gal pals, but I was not having it. I was too busy burning fat and calories in high-impact aerobic classes with […]

102, 2017

Losing is Hard

By |February 1st, 2017|Categories: Expert Insight|

Losing is hard.

You put it all out there, talk yourself out of your fears of inadequacy, with your soul at risk.  You train and make sacrifices, suit up and show up, with the right equipment and skill set, your body fed, rested and ready.  And then: you come up short.  Sometimes it’s your own fault […]

2701, 2017

I’ll Be There To CREATE

By |January 27th, 2017|Categories: Tales from the Tribe|

In numerology 2017 is a universal 1 year. 1 is the number of beginnings; a time for expressing uniqueness. And while I think numerology is neat, I’m taking a creative approach to interpreting that takeaway, because my 1 was 2016, when my path crossed with Campowerment, and life’s theme song got even more upbeat. If […]

1501, 2017

Make Like MLK: Choose To Be Heard

By |January 15th, 2017|Categories: Tales from the Tribe|

By Courtney Fuller, Campower Ranger and member of the Campowerment community

History. What an interesting concept. A collection of moments, shaped not just by the people in power, but also by the people who choose to build their own.

History has a special relationship with choice: change-makers don’t get to choose the historical moment in which they […]