Becoming Women – a weekend journey

Our hearts raced when we got word that the bus was only minutes away from the campground in Big Bear, a mountain retreat about an hour east of Los Angeles. Soon we would watch 35 African American and Latina teenage girls step away from the cement-and-graffiti neighborhoods they were used to in South Central LA into a world of softer, natural contours – tall pines, fresh air, dirt trails, and flowing streams. The purpose: a three-day rite of passage wilderness re