Christine Rushford, a local mental health counselor specializing in adolescent therapy, has developed a unique four-day summer day camp designed to teach girls 12 to 14 years old valuable emotional regulation skills.

“In essence, we’re excited to provide practical, relevant tools that will teach sixth through eighth grade girls how to develop their emotional maturity by learning how to stay middle of the road … not out of control and not internalizing,” said Rushford.

The focus of Soul Squad Day Camp will be on learning emotional regulation skills, planning how to navigate peer relations with limited drama and increasing self-esteem. Various fun activities will be used to teach these skills including daily art projects, group games, meditation/yoga instruction and more.

The camp will take place over four days, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. beginning June 11 at Padgett Park in Santa Rosa Beach.

To maintain the integrity of the work and provide an intimate, comfortable atmosphere, only 10 spots will be made available via an application process. Cost is $400 per student and includes all supplies, lunch daily and a toolbox of skills that are irreplaceable.

“What a valuable instrument that so many of us girls could’ve used growing up,” said Erin Peterson, entrepreneur and mom. “Still, to this day, I find that emotional strength, relationships and emotional intelligence play a major factor in the overall success of life.”

Rushford practices at Coastal Counseling in Destin. She specializes in child and adolescent therapy, parenting support and education and couples counseling. Through her practice, she incorporates the emotional and educational needs of parents and couples dealing with the demands of family life.

For more information about the Soul Squad Day Camp, contact Rushford at 850-420-2640 or email Applications are currently being accepted at