Week-long Summer Camp 2020

Builder Bootcamp (9-13 year olds)

Over a week-long “bootcamp for builders” experience, girls will design and build projects to take home as well as projects responding to real-world challenges. Along the way, girls will learn skills in carpentry, graphic design, metalwork, collaboration, and teamwork. The program challenges girls to use power tools and work together to build projects for a local nonprofit client. Previous projects have included furniture for a local women’s shelter, a tool wall for a school maker space, and 3 “mini houses” for Rebuilding Together. Girls also work on a graphic design project (screen printing, block printing, etc) to respond to social issues. Our summer programs are led by highly skilled female educators and builders with decades of experience who prioritize safety, socio-emotional well-being, and practicing bravery together. Enrollment is limited to 20, at a 4:1 instructor-to-camper ratio. Two snacks per day will be provided, but girls must bring their own lunch (except for Friday, when we’ll have a pizza party!). We also offer a $50 sibling discount. Registration cost includes all materials, camp t-shirt, and a few take home projects! Full and partial scholarships are always available (please apply for scholarships by January 15, 2020, via the link to the right).

2020 schedule:

All camps are ONE WEEK LONG, Monday through Friday, 9am – 4pm, with 3 Session Options (please enroll in ONLY ONE week):

Week 1 (NEW girls only):  July 20-24, 2020

Week 2 (Mixed: NEW and RETURNING girls): July 27-31, 2020

Week 3 (RETURNING girls only): August 3-7, 2020


Camp hours:

Camp activities begin at 9am and end at 4pm. We apologize that we are unable to provide extended care beyond these times.

Refund/Cancellation policy:

If you need to cancel your camper’s registration, refunds will be applied as follows – Full (100%) refund if registration is canceled BEFORE May 1, 2020; Half (50%) refund if registration is canceled between May 1 and July 30, 2020, NO refund if after July 1, 2020.


Activities Schedule (subject to change):

Monday: Community-building, site visit to community client, tool training and “bootcamp” building project

Tuesday: Construction documents and cut lists, and cutting all material

Wednesday: Begin assembly of projects and production of graphic design project

Thursday: Sand, paint, and finish community client projects

Friday: Installation of projects for community client, parent and client presentation, pizza and pool party with early pick-up


Registration Schedule:

January 15, 2020: Scholarship applications due

February 1, 2020: Registration process begins (more info coming soon). **Please note that our summer camp has sold out in less than 2 minutes for the past 5 years. We are working to accommodate more girls and enroll girls in the most egalitarian way possible. We are considering a lottery for 2020 summer camp, or a brief application. We will publish more information on the registration process for summer camp by January 1, 2020.


Program Quick Facts:

  • When: Summer, 3 cohorts, 1 week each (35 instructional hours)
  • Who: 60 girls per year, ages 9-13, currently 55% girls of color
  • What: 3 community-based building projects and 3 graphic design projects per summer
  • How: Registration begins February 1, 2020
  • How much: $525
  • Instructors: Emily Pilloton, Allison Oropallo, Meghann Harris