Stratejoy Summer Camp for Women | August 2018
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When you are lit up by life, connected to women who love your hot mess and your big ambition, and inspired to bring joy, laughter and meaning to your everyday —

You are truly alive.

Let’s practice, shall we?

Set aside your reality for four nights and dive into the outdoors, bouts of belly laughing, protected solitude, rediscovering your ability to play, magical rituals, connection to the earth, and deep conversation about your life without pretense or judgement.

You’ll leave camp reminded of the simple pleasures in life and reconnected to your heart. You’ll leave camp with soul sisters and stories you’ll be telling for a lifetime. You’ll leave camp with newfound confidence to take risks, new bonfire songs to sing at the top of your lungs, and a few new bug bites.

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Hey! I’m Molly and hosting this Summer Camp is one of my lifelong dreams.

Summer Camp is my chance to dig in deep with 100 of you, while sharing my love of the great outdoors, laughing uncontrollably, and taking our dreams seriously but not taking ourselves seriously. I cannot wait to drag our mattresses outside to sleep under the stars, to talk about dreams/fears/ambition/ease, to dance our booties off, to push our comfort zones on the ropes course, and to practice being silent, whole, cherished and present.

Sound amazing? Grab a ticket and I’ll see you in August!

Stratejoy Summer Camp

Wednesday August 22 through Sunday August 26, 2018
Outside of Decatur, Michigan at Camp Lake in the Woods

· 4 days + 4 nights of playful + honest sisterhood set on a lakefront in Michigan.
· 100 campers +10 staffers + Molly = Awesome.
· This isn’t a conference in the woods. It’s an interactive playground. Camp is for YOU, about YOU, and co-created by YOU.
· Check in between 2 pm and 4 pm on Wednesday + check out at 10 am on Sunday.

Camp is going to be equal parts rejuvenating personal retreat + summer camp for adults + intimate gathering of the Stratejoy tribe.

And it all adds up to 4 nights of magic!

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Ready to get your Camp on? Let’s do this.

Your ticket to Stratejoy Summer Camp includes everything you’ll need for 4 nights and 4 days of inspiration, fun, and connection. Get yourself to Camp and we’ll take over!

What’s Covered?

· Shared Cabin accommodations including indoor bathrooms, full bed linens and towels for four nights.
· All meals, snacks, beverages and alcohol from Wednesday dinner through Sunday breakfast.
· All Camp activities are included — Stratejoy sessions, ropes course, waterfront, yoga/dance/meditation classes and evening magic.
· Surprises! And that’s all I can say about that.

Choose your payment plan!



Buy a ticket and you’ll see! (Just kidding, details below.)

· You’ll get a receipt of purchase and a welcome email from Mama M (aka Lauren our Event Planner) within 24 hours to the email address you entered.

· Messages will trickle into your inbox from the address hello@stratejoy.com over the next week with requests for information and activity preference questions. You’re truly helping us co-create the most magical experience possible! We need to hear from you!

·You’ll also receive an invitation to our private Summer Camp 2018 Facebook Group for those of you who want to start connecting before Camp or sort out travel arrangements.

· In early June, you’ll get the final packing list, directions and camp schedule.

· And then? We’ll see you on August 22nd at Camp Lake in the Woods all excited/nervous/ready for the magic.

The easiest way is to simply purchase a ticket and enter the camper’s profile information, email and mailing address instead of your own.

If you are buying more than one ticket to Summer Camp, please contact Team Stratejoy at hello@stratejoy.com and we will send you an invoice for the appropriate amount and make sure all campers are registered properly.

Your ticket is not refundable, but it is transferable up to 60 days before Camp starts. The last day for ticket transfers will be June 22, 2018.

I'M-GOING-TO-SUMMER-CAMP-BADGEEasy! Feel free to grab this Summer Camp Badge (right click to save image) and post it in your corner of the Internet.

As soon as we make your Camper Name Badge, you’re welcome to swipe that as well.

Make sure you use the hashtags #ssc18 and #stratejoycamp so we can find you and share in your excitement!

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why Camp?

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Need to recharge from the daily grind and the stress of living in the real world?

Immerse yourself in nature, yoga, meditation, Stratejoy sessions with Molly, afternoon naps in the sunshine, special woo-woo rituals and silent journaling time. You’ll be un-plugged and chore-free.

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Need to remind yourself that life can be joyful, playful and fun?
And not so damn hard?

Get ready for lake time, a high ropes course, bonfire sing-a-longs, camp names, dance parties, arts and crafts, daily cocktail hour and all camp games.

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Need to reconnect to yourself and to other positive women?

There will be honest conversations about everything under the sun, bunk camaraderie, and new friendships born from this shared experience. And of course there will be plenty of opportunity to commune with your own sweet self.

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You know that look of pure joy on a kid’s face when they jump in a mud puddle? Or the expression of delight when they eat an ice cream cone covered in sprinkles on a hot summer day? Or the intense curiosity reflected in their eyes when they study a spider web covered in dew? Or the way their chest puffs up with pride when they hit a softball off a tee for the first time?

Of course you do.

It’s a magical combination of being completely enamored with the world they occupy, pure presence in the moment, and an unselfconsciousness to enjoy it all.

I want more of that joy for you. More of that delight. More of that curiosity. More of that pride.

And I’m going to do my best to give you those gifts at camp.

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It’s hard to practice being present to the small details and tiny joys of life when you are entrenched in your packed schedule, stressed out by your work, or simply overwhelmed by the demand of your identity as daughter, partner, mama, friend. Joy takes a backseat.

When your “to do list” is a mile long it’s tough to take the time to watch the sunset, learn a line dance, twirl sparklers, tell stories about the constellations, or sit in silence as the sun warms your face. Delight takes a backseat.

When you are constantly trying to live up to expectations, make it happen, or push harder, it’s difficult to distinguish your true desires for your life. When you are rushing through your day, it’s hard to remember what truly makes you happy moment-to-moment. Curiosity takes a backseat.

When your life no longer feels like yours, it’s tough to make time to figure out how you can move forward deliberately, on your own terms, with loving intention and delicious self-care. Pride takes a backseat.

Time to get in the driver’s seat! Camp is a gift of joy, delight, curiosity, and pride in an adult life that can be full of the opposite.

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Camp was the perfect mix of adventure and rejuvenation this summer! Instead of checking my phone the moment my alarm went off, I opened my eyes to graffitied bunks and heard cicadas and rain on the tin roof cabins.

I took a huge leap of faith and went alone, but I left with a community of incredible and beautiful soul sisters!

SHANNEN_SUNFLOWER

Last summer included all of the goodness from summer camp as a child but also…

Champagne and wine, adult conversations that inspire, quiet time you actually savor (now that you’re an adult), camp songs that include your favorite jam and surprisingly good food! 

MEGAN_FLYGIRL

From staring at the sky and seeing the Milky Way for the first time, to being overwhelmed with love while listening to the beautiful singing voices of my sisters – camp contained more moments of magic than I can count.

The combination of sisterhood, nature, authenticity and fun creates a space for deep connection with other women and yourself.

so honey – is Camp for you?

Well, if you’re brave enough to pause your “real life” for 4 nights while you remind yourself who you are at your core —

Camp is for you.

If you’re optimistic enough to throw yourself into new adventures with a grin on your face —

Camp is for you.

If you’re soulful enough to realize that productivity isn’t the only measure of a well-lived life —

Camp is for you.

If you’re wild enough to think meeting dozens of other incredible women while canoeing, or toasting s’mores, or doing yoga on a lawn, or sharing honest stories of love/money/sex/business/parenting, or playing trampoline volleyball, or meditating on a dock, or taking one for your team in the egg smash, or drinking bubbly while wearing tank tops, friendship bracelets and sneakers actually sounds fun —

Camp is for you.

And if that list scares the hell out of you,

but you’ve got a nagging feeling that you kinda sorta might possibly have that gutsy, optimistic, soulful, wild woman hiding deep down inside of you —

Camp is the perfect chance to discover her.

To discover you.

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The most powerful moment for me at camp was realizing that this is a safe space for me to be myself in whatever form that takes on any given day.

From Molly to the counselors to the other campers, this is a group of people who are committed to witnessing and encouraging each other through fun and challenging times.

And I’ll definitely be back.

LAURIE_BONES

Stratejoy Summer Camp was the perfect escape! I loved summer camp as a kid, and this took me straight back to those sleep-away camp days – but with Happy Hour! 

I found equal parts community and solitude. There are so many words that come to mind when I think of camp: safe place, community, peace, laughter, fun, magic, cleansing, soul work, freedom… I can’t wait for the next one.

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Summer camp was everything I thought it would be, and more.

Amazingly delicious food, crappy coffee, comforting cabinmates, uncomfortable beds. Early morning yoga, late nights, too much wine and not enough time. It was all painfully beautiful, exciting, and life-changing.

I don’t regret a penny of it. If you want to go, go! It doesn’t matter if no one else understands. We do.

Summer Camp FAQ

Read on for my very detailed, slightly humorous, and totally honest best attempt to answer every single question you may have about Camp. I’m leaving no stone unturned…

Ready, Set, Go!

Women! Lots of different kinds of women from different walks of life. Though Stratejoy tends to attract the 27ish – 43ish crowd, all ages* are welcome and encouraged to attend Camp. If you identify with the Stratejoy spirit  and think this sounds like just what you need — Camp is for you. In the past, our youngest camper was 22 and our eldest was 62.

So, yes — your mother can join you. Or your daughter! I know they’ve been asking!

*You must be at least 21 years old since we will be serving alcohol. And I’m 37 in case you were wondering.

The majority of Campers came alone in years past. Your IRL friends might think you’re a bit crazy for coming in fact! And some of the groups of friends who did come asked to be split up into different cabins so they could have their own experience. That all said — you can request 1 specific bunkmate when you fill out your Camper Profile…

You’ll be assigned to cabins of 8-10 campers with a counselor (my former Elevate Mastermind ladies) who is there to facilitate bunk camaraderie, bunk dance routines, bunk bonfires, and bunk discussions about the scary shit.  If you’re open to making new friends, you will definitely make new friends.

Sorry, ladies. You may only bring yourself to Camp this year.

If your partner is a woman, you are both welcome at Camp, though couples will be housed in separate cabins.

Nope. Bunk beds and screen windows for all! Lake swimming and bonfire smoke and layers of sunscreen and bug repellent for all!  The outdoors and the sun and the stars for all! Family meals and sitting cross-legged on the lawn and water balloons for all!

If this doesn’t sound like a grand adventure to you, please don’t torture yourself by coming to Camp.

Every day will be a mix of Stratejoy sessions, free time, optional activities (morning movement, extra Q+A with Molly, afternoon offerings from campers, etc) and full camp evening experiences.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

You are highly encouraged to fully participate in all scheduled Camp activities — part of the fun is going all in! I do understand, however, that you may be burnt out and need more downtime than we’ve designed. As long as you show up for every bunk headcount, it’s fine if you need to sneak in some extra snoozing or introvert recharging.

Organizing your own awesome activities during our afternoon free time is highly encouraged!

There will be a Camp Corkboard for sharing such announcements and inviting co-conspirators along on your walking meditation, photo scavenger hunt, solo biz lady discussion, improv games, human tic-tac-toe or guitar jam.

You’ll sleep in modern cabins with connected bathrooms. Each cabin will house 10ish women on bunk beds. Towels, bed linens, a blanket and a pillow will be provided.

You’ll be served 3 healthy family style meals a day in the dining hall. There will also be a daily cocktail hour with wine, beer and sparkling water. And yes, there will be early morning coffee!

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Dietary restrictions and allergies will be honored as best we can. Vegetarian options, including a full salad bar, will be available.

This is definitely not one of those events where you need to go buy a entirely new wardrobe to “make an impression.” You’ll be moving your body in your chosen fashion (running/dancing/yoga,) sitting on lawns, hiking through the woods, playing games, and lounging outdoors from the early morning to the late evening.

Layers are key, as is comfort.

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Average temperature in Decatur in late August is low 80s F during the day and mid 60s F during the night. Perfect!

You can get the local weather report here.

There will be no smoking or drugs at Camp. No judgement or body shaming or discrimination. No gossiping, comparisons, apathy or cruelty.

I’ll ask for openness, honesty and positivity instead.  Tears, belly laughs, hand-holding, harmless pranks, and enthusiasm highly encouraged.

Summer Camp will be held at Camp Lake of the Woods outside of Decatur, Michigan and is easily accessible whether you’re driving or flying. We highly recommend carpooling — the Camp Facebook Group is open now so you can find travel buddies, whether that is a midwest road trip or splitting the cost of a car rental from the airport.

CAMP LAKE OF THE WOODS DETAILS

Camp Lake of the Woods
84600 47 1/2 Street
Decatur, Michigan 49045

Recommended Airports

  • Kalamazoo (AZO is 35 minutes from Camp)
  • Grand Rapids (GRR is 1 hour and 15 minutes from Camp)
  • Chicago O’Hare International (ORD is 3 hours from Camp)
  • Detroit Airport (DTW is 2 hours and 30 minutes from Camp)

We’ve thought long and hard about the level of smart phone usage we want to allow at camp. It is recommended your cellphone remain in “phone jail” for the majority of the day, with free period in the afternoon to connect with your family if desired. Laptops or Tablets are not allowed at Camp.

Your family will be given an emergency number to reach us at Camp Lake of the Woods if they need to reach you immediately.

 In order to facilitate proper Camp bonding and keep track of ya’ll, our arrival and departure days are firm.  There are no “in and out” privileges.  If you leave the property during Camp, you won’t be able to come back.

Arrival for Camp
2 pm – 4 pm Wednesday August 22nd

Departure from Camp
10 am Sunday August 26th

Everything except for your flights and travel!

Your bunk accommodations including full bed linens for four nights, as well as all meals, snacks, beverages, alcohol and camp activities will be covered. Get yourself to camp and then we’ll take over!

FYI. This isn’t a marketing video, but it was our “yearbook” from Camp in 2016. Some of it won’t make any sense out of context and we are located at a brand spanking new location in Michigan this year, but I wanted to share in case this ridiculous-loving-sisterhood of Camp looks like exactly the kind of ridiculous-loving-sisterhood you need in your life.

Need an escape from all the adulting you do in your real life? THIS IS IT.

Please excuse my dance moves and overflowing enthusiasm. I can’t help myself!

for you type-A planners

Here are all the details:

2018 is the third year we’ve hosted Stratejoy Summer Camp, though it’s the first year at our new location in Michigan. It’s the perfect combination of knowledge (we’ve got this) and newness (ooh, surprises)!

Click each badge to find out all the details your dear planner heart can handle.

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you can call me Sunshine


I’m an Entrepreneur, Mama, Teacher and Adventurer. Stratejoy is my home, my love, my community, my contribution. Others may know me as Molly Mahar, but at Camp — it’s Sunshine all the way.

I’m obsessed with real talk about taboo topics (sex? money? power? bring it on!) and designing personal experiments. Currently, I’m hooked on finding the perfect Westfalia camper van for my family and the On Being podcast. I believe in going big, that honesty is the best policy, and in the undeniable fact that we are all deserving of fulfilling right-fit lives.

Most of all, I believe in YOU.

Creating a Summer Camp has been on my dream list for years. I loved camp as a kid and have been deeply craving a week off of adulting so I can return to my joyful, enthusiastic, adventurous kid self. I want to swim in a lake, make new friends, eat s’mores, chill the f out, wake up to the smell of pine trees, and play like it’s my job.

At Camp, we get to do it all.

With the added bonus of cocktail hour and yoga. Woo woo magic and journaling time. Deep conversation and likeminded women.

Sound like something you’re craving too? Then I’ll meet you at the flagpole. This is my third year hosting Stratejoy Summer Camp and I couldn’t be more excited to be back at it.

#SSC18 FTW!

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SARAH_DOMINO

Summer Camp was everything I was wanted and more. It was five days of running around in the woods, laughing, playing, swimming, sharing, and connecting with dozens of new sisters.

I’ve never felt so seen, heard, and held by other women before in my life. I’m counting down the days until I go back.

ASHLEY_SHAMROCK

Who would have ever thought I could conquer a high ropes course, dance in shiny blue leggings to 80s music, and stand in front of 75 women and share my authentic self all at camp?

I can honestly say, from the bottom of my heart, attending camp has changed my overall attitude – which has changed my life. 

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Camp taught me that I am not alone and that I need the support of others to really be happy.

Hearing so many wonderful women share their stories and sharing my own made me see how freeing and wonderful it feels to have a trusted sisterhood where I feel safe being vulnerable and open. 

MORE QUESTIONS?

Questions about a specific element of Summer Camp or transportation? Please email Mama M at lauren@stratejoy.com.

Questions about registration, payments, or missing welcome messages? First read the Registration FAQ. If you still need help, please email Team Stratejoy at hello@stratejoy.com.

Excitement about Camp and meeting IRL? Let us all know on social media with the #ssc18 and #stratejoycamp hashtags!

The countdown is on, babe. Summer Camp is happening.

(FYI. This isn’t a marketing video, but it was our “yearbook” from Camp in 2016. Some of it won’t make any sense out of context and we are located at a brand spanking new location in Michigan this year, but I wanted to share in case this ridiculous-loving-sisterhood of Camp looks like exactly the kind of ridiculous-loving-sisterhood you need in your life Need an escape from all the adulting you do in your real life? THIS IS IT. Please excuse my dance moves and overflowing enthusiasm. I can’t help myself!)

We’re going to sing, journal, dance, play, celebrate, meditate, connect, move, relax and love our hearts out.

Ready for Camp? Let’s do this.

Your ticket to Stratejoy Summer Camp includes everything you’ll need for 4 nights and 4 days of inspiration, fun, and connection. Get yourself to Camp and we’ll take over!

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