Creekers Foundation to hold first BRAVE Youth Camp to protect youth from sexual abuse.
The Creekers Foundation is excited to present their new program, BRAVE Youth Camp. BRAVE will hold its first ever youth summer camp on July 29-30, 2017 at Boulder Mountain Ranch just outside of Hildale/Colorado City.
Former bodyguard of Warren Jeff’s, Willie Jessop, has donated his Ranch for the use of BRAVE Youth Camp to help the healing of his hometown youth.
The focus of this first camp is on self-development and protection.
* Internet Safety
* Self Protection
* The Power to Say No
* How to identify predators
* Dating and Relationships
* Date Rape
* Pedophile Protection
There are two components to the camp and can be attended as a combination or as separate portions. The first portion of the BRAVE Youth Camp is a day camp open to all ages and is being be held Saturday, July 29 from Noon-3 pm. Additionally, there is an overnight camp, for girls 10 years old and older only, from 6 pm on Saturday, July 29 to 10 am Sunday, July 30. The BRAVE Youth Camp includes dinner and breakfast.
Moms are welcome and encouraged to join their daughters for the overnight camp. The BRAVE Youth overnight camp will include an evening of campfire, s’mores, stories, girls self protection education, music and more.
The BRAVE Youth Camp is hosted by Creekers Foundation and presented by professionals including Annette Curtis, LCSW.
Annette earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has worked with children, adolescents, and families for over 23 years, primarily with youth in the foster care system due to abuse and neglect.
Annette has worked extensively with clients who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma. She is trained in EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Her specialties include working with complex PTSD and trauma, depression, and anxiety, as well as dissociation.
Annette has been involved in training locally as well as presentations nationally on teaching healthy sexuality to children and parents, warning signs of sexual abuse, and how to respond and support a child who has experienced abuse. She is dedicated to helping survivors of sexual abuse develop skills and learn to heal from their trauma.
When she is not at work she can be found spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys laughing and having fun, but her favorite thing to do is going to Disneyland with her family.
Creekers Foundation was founded by Leona Bateman to offer resources to the community deal with issues many in or coming out of FLDS lifestyle may face. Through its development, she has found the Creekers Foundation is able to offer its services to a broader community, as many face similar experiences. The organization primarily focuses on women but does not exclude men. Helping empower women to understand their rights and create a life by design are among the first offerings of the organization in developing resources for those needing a hand up in becoming better equipped to understand their abilities and create confidence.
“I am excited and honored to be able hold our first BRAVE Youth Camp,” shared Bateman. “Our first BRAVE Youth Camp will include lots of entertainment, prizes and gift announcements. We are trying to make it a fun experience to help ease attendees to be able to deal with some important issues. We want to help those that have experienced abuse be able to heal and deal with the experience. We also want to help prevent future abuse by teaching attendees how to protect themselves through awareness and what to watch for along with how to report situations they are faced with.”
“We have selected youth share campfire stories of their experiences. We believe that by sharing how we have overcome obstacles, we can learn from each other. During this summer camp, the youth will learn how to take ownership of their authenticity and strategies for survival that help them protect their lives. They will learn how to safely engage online. They will learn positive messaging and how to use language that empowers themselves and others. They will learn how to take negative situations and create positive outcomes. They will learn how self-value can help them root for themselves and develop a more positive self-image.”
For more information on BRAVE Youth Camp signup and opportunities to help, visit:
Update: As of 5:30 pm, Sunday, July 23, 2017: There are only 8 spots left for Brave Youth Camp.