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General Overview

Rosie’s Girls is a one week trades and STEAM camp for girls and gender non-conforming youth entering grades 6-8. At Rosie’s Girls, campers will spend the week in a shop being introduced to the design build process with a focus on either building or welding. Each camper will have the opportunity to use power tools and technical equipment to experiment with the materials in the shop and create whatever they can dream up! In addition to trades skills, Rosie's Girls includes a social and emotional curriculum known as "Power Skills." This curriculum is designed to create a space for program participants to grapple with life and societal issues, while building capacity around facing and discussing them. Rosie’s Girls also incorporates art, team building, and all the fun of summer camp. Our Rosie’s Girls staff is highly trained in creating a space that is both physically and emotionally safe and empowering for all. Give your camper a chance to get their hands dirty, take positive risks, and try something new by enrolling them in Rosie’s Girls today!

Rosie's Girls: Build

Rosie’s Girls Build takes place in woodshops around the state. Throughout the week, campers will gain instruction and experience with a wide range of carpentry and woodworking tools, including: chop saws, jig saws, power drills, orbital sanders and hammers. Each camper begins the week with the same introductory project and then moves on to more advanced projects and/or original projects depending on their skill level and interest – they can spend the week working on one big project, or spend it making many smaller projects! We offer a selection of lumber, hardware, paint and stains, and other materials to spark their creativity. Each camper receives ear protection, eye protection, work boots, a bandana, and work gloves for optimal safety in the shop.

Rosie's Girls: Weld

Rosie’s Girls Weld is one of the only youth welding programs in the state. Campers learn, with the guidance of professional metal workers, how to use a MIG welder and plasma cutter, in addition to other cold metal tools, such as chisels, metal sanders, and files. Each camper begins the week with the same introductory project and then moves on to more advanced projects and/or original projects depending on their skill level and interest – they can spend the week working on one big project, or spend it making many smaller projects! We offer a selection of sheet metal and various shapes and sizes of scrap metal, as well as materials to personalize their projects once they are finished. Each camper receives ear protection, eye protection, work boots, a bandana, and work gloves to wear in the shop, as well as welding helmets, jackets, gloves, and aprons for when they are in the booth.

rosie's girls: Explore

Rosie’s Girls Explore is a career exploration camp. Each day there is a hands on project or activity led by a guest professional from various career fields, ranging from welding to forestry to computer programming. In addition to having the opportunity to learn about the field and the skills it involves, campers engage with one STEM principle a day in a unique, fun, and hands on challenge led by Rosie’s Girls camp staff.

Rosie's Girls: Sail

At Rosie’s Girls Sail, campers explore STEM concepts through hands-on and exciting projects related to boat engineering, wind energy, and lake ecosystems for half of the day. In addition to technical learning, Rosie's Girls incorporates social and emotional skill development activities known as "Power Skills." During the other half of the day, campers learn the fundamentals of small boat sailing with the Community Sailing Center on Lake Champlain.

Power Skills curriculum

In addition to trades skills, Rosie's Girls includes a social and emotional curriculum known as "Power Skills." This curriculum is designed to create a space for program participants to grapple with life and societal issues, while building capacity around facing and discussing them. The themes we engage with are age appropriate and familiar, and have a focus on gender based messaging, stereotypes, and empowerment. Some examples of themes include: healthy relationships, self-advocacy, growth mindset, and identity. Power Skills activities are interactive, prioritize youth voice and experience, and are designed to complement our technical and trades program by establishing supportive connections between participants and helping equip them with strategies for working through challenging situations.

Our social and emotional “Power Skills” curriculum is affirming to all genders, with an added sensitivity and awareness of the experiences of youth whose gender identities are historically marginalized.  Through this curriculum, we address many important concepts that are relevant to a richly gender diverse camper population. Our program staff is trained to support participants’ emotional and mental health needs during Power Skill activities and at all times during the program.