Hey Camper! Did you know that you, yes you reading this right now have your very own unique set of super powers? It’s true! The VIA Institute lists 24 character strengths, and everyone has 5 that make them who they are. When you are using these you are being the “best you” you can be! Let’s find out what yours are and then make your very own superhero mask to get you ready to save the day!

The 24 character strengths:

For the craft we’re doing, you’re going to want to figure out what your top 5 are. If you’re like me, you have trouble saying nice things about yourself, so if you go to the VIA website and take their free to help you discover what your super powers are. I emphasize free, because they have options for more in depth things that cost money, but that’s not what we’re here for today.

My super powers are:

  • Love of Learning
  • Gratitude
  • Kindess
  • Love
  • Appreciation of Beauty and Execellence

Now, I can’t wait to hear what yall’s are after we do our craft!

You may at this point say: “Camper Kemeah! I have also discovered what my weaknesses are!” Don’t worry, they are not kryptonite. You can develop and strengthen these over time, or your character strengths make up for those areas. Trust me, zest and bravery are at the bottom of my list, so doing something like say…..writing a IGGPPCamp blog post for all of you to read, sounds a little out of character for me. My love of learning makes me excited to share my discovery with yall though, so now we’re here.

So, now that you have discovered your super powers, you now need a way to hide your secret identity. On to our craft tutorial!

We will be making no-sew hero masks.

Step 1:

Gather your supplies:

You will need a square of felt, scissors, ribbon, some type of marker that will write on the felt, and whatever you want to use to decorate your mask (I have glitter glue).

Step 2:

Draw out the shape you want your mask to be. If one side of your felt is decorative, make sure you do this on the back side.

Step 3:

Cut out your mask and it’s eye holes. Also make 2 slits on each side of the mask.

Step 4:

Run a ribbon through the slits on each side, enough to get around your head to wear it. I found it helps if you cut the end of the ribbon at an angle.

Step 5:

Write your 5 powers on your mask, so your allies know what your abilities are.

Step 6:

Decorate! Be as flashy as you want. Add glitter, stickers, draw little hearts, whatever!

Step 7:

Wear as you go out to fight evil by moon light, or hang this some where as a reminder of what your super powers are. So when you are having a rough day, you can look at it and say heck yah, I have super powers!

So, now that you know you have powers and are protecting your alter ego, I must ask you to only use your powers for good. Kindness is great, unless you let yourself get taken advantage of. Humor is great, unless you use it at inappropriate times.

Just be you the bast you can be.

You are now well on your way to being a super hero.

Maybe you are like Ami!

Her love of learning has gotten the sailor scouts out of countless situations.

Or maybe you are like Deku!

His perseverance is driving him to become an amazing hero

Or maybe even the Blue Lantern Corps!

Hope is what they do!

Well, fellow campers, I hope you enjoyed this craft. Please post your masks and also tell me what super hero group you would like to join. Do you want to go to UA, join a Lantern Corps, become an Avenger, or are you waiting for a talking cat to give you a magical item?

Also feel free to reach out to me if you want to talk more about your survey results, either here or @kemeah520 on Twitter and Instagram.