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frequently Asked Questions

Why girls and gender non-conforming youth?

Our Rosie’s Girls ® programming, both summer and afterschool, is open to female identifying and gender non-conforming youth, including transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive youth. We use ‘girls’ as an inclusive term to genders outside of the binary that we believe can benefit significantly from our camp program.  We recognize that young people are increasingly likely to identify outside of the binary, whether they have the language or space to do so publicly, and we want to be certain that we are providing them with the opportunity to participate in our program if they want to do so.

Gender based discrimination in the workforce impacts all people of marginalized gender identities, including career exploration at young ages. Rosie’s Girls is centered on the reality that society has historically narrowed the options of non-cisgender male identifying individuals in terms of career pathways and lifestyle choices – this is why all of our camp themes represent fields in which women are underrepresented. We seek to create spaces at our programs that help break down harmful and limiting societal messaging about young people’s lives, especially in the context of gender-based messaging. Rosie’s Girls supports expanded possibilities for young people whose genders are historically marginalized without reinforcing that they are wholly defined by their gender identity.

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 such as healthy relationships, growth mindset, and self-advocacy, that are relevant to a richly gender diverse camper population.

Can parents/guardians stay and watch camp?

Unfortunately camp is a space for campers and instructors. Often the first part of asking campers to step out of their comfort zones is being in a new space with new people doing new things. It helps us significantly if you support us in this. Campers will return each day with anecdotes, finished projects, and plenty of tid bits to share!

We do give space for campers to share their achievements and projects with their parents/guardians at graduation, which is from 3:30-4:00 on the last day of each camp week. We hope to see you there!

Do we offer transportation to camp or afterschool programs?

We do not provide transportation to campers as we have campers each week from all over the state. We do encourage carpooling and help this process by collecting the information of interested families (indicated on the registration form) and distributing it in our family handbook. We’re happy to work with you as best as we can to see that your camper makes it to and from camp safely each day.

What sort of clothing or equipment does my camper need to wear or bring?

We provide all technical carpentry, welding, and STEAM equipment.

All campers need to bring is a nutritious lunch*, work boots if you have them, a different pair of shoes for running around if desired, socks, appropriate clothing for being outside in any weather, a bandana, sunscreen, water bottle, and prescription medication you will need during camp with written directions (see more info in the Camp Handbook sent to parents/guardians ahead of time). If you are attending weld camp, campers must also bring a long pair of cotton pants (leggings are not okay, jeans are), but these can be packed and changed into for shop time. Coming in shorts and T-shirts is fine!

*We will have snacks and basic meals on hand. Some camps will be summer meal drop-off sites, we will communicate this in our parent/guardian communications.

What is your safety policy?

Rosie’s Girls has a robust risk management policy that includes establishing a physically safe environment on the first day of camp, employing highly experienced instructors, working in low instructor to camper ratios when in the shop, and ensuring that every staff member is First Aid and CPR certified. Read our risk management policy here.

Our risk management policy also includes social, emotional and mental health safety, for which our instructors are Youth Mental Health First Aid certified, employ trauma informed practices, and receive training about the social and emotional needs of adolescents.

If you have additional questions, please contact our Career Education and Exploration team at rosiesgirls@vtworksforwomen.org or call 802-655-8900 x106.