Garden of Roses – Camp for Girls




The Garden of Roses – Camp for Girls offers a healing space through traditional values for Alaska Native girls ages 8 to 17 who are survivors of sexual abuse. The camp is being held August 7-9 in Fairbanks, AK. The deadline to apply is June 12.

How is the camp structured?

Garden of Roses is a weekend-long retreat, sponsored by ANTHC’s Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative. It is led by staff with extensive experience working with youth as well as experienced domestic violence advocates. The camp provides a safe, secure space for campers to enjoy a weekend of healing circles, art activities, games and Native traditions with other Alaska Native families.

The camp’s activities encourage positive self-imagery and promote finding inner strength. Healing circles are designed to provide safety, support and encouragement.

The Garden of Roses is not a therapeutic camp in the sense of western medicine – there is no one-on-one counseling. However, the camp does offers support, understanding and a platform for healing to begin.

Who will be in attendance?

Alaska Native girls ages 8 to 17 who are survivors of sexual abuse and at least one parent/guardian are invited to attend.

In addition to campers and their parents/guardians, advocates, or “big buddies,” will be in attendance. Advocates are trained and have extensive experience serving Alaska Native children, adults, families and communities in the field of trauma, sexual assault and child protection. For the duration of the camp, girls are paired with an advocate.

The Garden of Roses and camp activities are led by trusted. trained and experienced professionals in the field of domestic violence prevention work. An Elder, who will provide guidance and support throughout the weekend activities will also be in attendance.

When and where is the camp hosted?

This year, the Garden of Roses – Camp for Girls is being held August 7-9 in Fairbanks, AK. To respect the privacy and safety of the campers and their families, the venue is undisclosed.

For families interested in attending, travel scholarships are available.

How can I apply?

For more information and to apply, please call (907) 729-3795 or email dvprevention@anthc.org