The Bold Body Project

Two-time GLI camper Melissa Mark shares her enthusiasm about GLI Summer Camp’s new positive body image endeavor: The Bold Body Project.


I don’t think I’ll ever be able to put into words how much of an impact the Girls Leadership Institute has made on me. I love everything about the Summer Camp, from the campers to the counselors to the infamous GLI sport “loveball.” I have attended GLI Summer Camp for two years, and I’m looking forward to my third summer in 2013.

My first year at camp –– the summer prior to entering high school –– was all about learning the skills needed to handle “girl drama.” To this day, I still use these methods. I appreciate them not only because they help prevent and resolve issues but also because they help me express what I need to say.

I returned to camp in the summer before sophomore year. I was part of a group of returning 10th-12th grade campers called “Leadership for Life” (L4L). We built on skills learned the year before, and we developed skills in public speaking, performing, and the big one –– leadership. I can honestly say that it was one of the best summers I had had in a long time, and when I returned home, I had a lot more self-confidence.

This year, I am looking forward to the Bold Body Project, an artistic endeavor to be presented to both GLI girls and other audiences in the wider world. We will explore how society and media influence body image. What’s great about this project is that you don’t have to be a skilled actress or artist to participate; it’s suitable for people of all abilities. I’m especially thankful for this because I don’t view myself as a natural performer. My goal for camp this year is to become more comfortable presenting my ideas before a live audience.

I’ve always wanted to make an impact on the world, and I hope that this project will give me a head start. I also hope the viewers of the Bold Body Project performances are inspired to change their personal beliefs, and in turn share the message and become an advocate for healthy body image in their communities too! I can’t wait to work with everyone on the project and to see the results. I know that this summer will be amazing!

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