Teen Edge, Shriners Hospital Partner for Girls Camp

Teen Edge is led by ABC Action News' Kellie Lightbourn will take place at USF.


is no stranger to the spotlight.

She is host of ABC Action News' "Consumer Update," and was crowned 2012 Mrs. Galaxy International.

Now, Lightbourn hopes to continue her work with young girls by giving them a way to shine during a week-long camp set for July 16-20. The camp is for girls ages 8 to 15, and focuses on increasing their self-esteem and team-building skills using art projects and community service. Guest speakers will also attend the event.

Camp runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day at the Shriners Auditorium on the campus. The cost is $199 per girl, and all funds go toward future camps. Girls must bring their own lunches, but snacks will be provided.

The camp is sponsored by Teen Edge, a nonprofit organization that Lightbourn began in 2009 to aid local teens in leadership and success skills, and Shriners Hospital.

Lightbourn, whose mother Carol Childs runs Carrollwood's National Humane Society on Gunn Highway, volunteered at Shriners, and came up with the idea of the camp after talking to Jamie Parker, public relations specialist at Shriners.

"We realized we could do something together that would impact both groups of girls," Lightbourn said.

During camp, girls will do five hours of community service, Lightbourn said, which includes writing letters to soldiers and doing art projects with patients at Shriners.

The hospital treats patients with orthopedic conditions from birth to age 18, Parker said.

"Self-esteem is something everybody deals with," said Parker. "The fact that this is a camp that is showing that beauty comes from within is important for girls to realize - especially with our patients. Our patients have the same issues with self-esteem as everybody else. The fact that there's a physical condition that's apparent can make it more difficult."

Lightbourn said she wants girls take away one thing from camp.

"They don't have to like each other," she said of the girls who will attend, "but they have to support each other."

For more information, or to register a girl, go to the event's website.


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