BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Distinguished Young Women of California hosted a boot camp on Monday aimed at helping young girls gain self esteem.
The boot camp, which was held at the Harvey Auditorium from 8 a.m. to noon, taught the girls the five principles of the "Be Your Best Self" program: Be healthy, be involved, be studious, be ambitious, and be responsible.
The girls learned the five principles through different activities, which included, a dance to represent a healthy life style and made quilts for hospitalized children to show community involvement.
"This has been really an awesome experience to be able to get skills for my life." Caroline McCartney said.
McCartney, 11, said by coming to the camp she has learned skills that will help her achieve her future goals.
The girls who participated in the event ranged from fourth to eighth grade.
Organizers explained that the event was aimed for younger girls, because they feel like the BYBS values are important to younger people, too.
""We need to reach these girls younger so they can dream big and achieve more," said Debbie Powall, a state chairman with the Distinguished Young Women.
At the end of the day, the 27 participants received diplomas for completing the program.
The Distinguished Young Women of California will hold their state finals from July 25 to July 27.