Summer is around the corner, and school will be out. Do you know what your daughter will be doing? Finding productive activities for the special girl in your life doesn’t have to be difficult. We’ve found eight summer camps that empower, challenge, and give her a new social environment that fit her personal interest around the country.
Black Girls Rock!
Black Girls Rock Inc. is more than an award show, but an actual four day leadership conference in New York City called Black Girls Lead. This is where girls ages 13-17 get a well rounded and enriching experience through workshops, master classes, lectures, and panels on everything from finances to cultural literacy, and everything in between. Founded by Beverly Bond in 2006, and continuously dedicated to the healthy development of girls of color.
Applications for this year are due May 20, 2016. Apply Here
Black Girls Code
In a world with cell phones, tablets, and iPads girls are even more curious about making apps and computer science than ever. Black Girls Code is perfect for your budding techie to gain skills and confidence while having fun. There are programs all over the nation that you can find on the website or Facebook page. Founded in 2011 by Kimberly Bryant, to fill a void in black girls having access to computer science has now become a movement.
You can sign your daughter, ages 10-14, up for their summer camp in Washington, DC June 27- July 12, 2016 here.
Black Girls Sew
Recognizing a little fashionista in your midst, age 8- 17, this “Sew Green Mini Fashion Camp” in Brooklyn, NY, will teach her how to sew, and she’ll learn about fashion as an entrepreneur. The exposure from facilitator Hekima Hapa, who has over 20 years experience as a designer, merchandiser, boutique & gallery owner, and stylist will mix creativity, resourcefulness, and other life skills during the two weeks, August 15- 26. Understanding how to build a personal brand, what Fashion Week is, and using social media are other things the girls can look forward to learning.
You can register at www.blackgirlssew.org, for $500.
Summer days outside being adventurous and having fun at summer camp are still a thing with Camp Atawa. This historical camp was founded in 1921 located in North Brookfield, MA on the shore of Lake Lashaway, and it may be just the recreational fun a girl, ages 8- 15, needs. With plenty of physical, creative, and intellectual activities to choose from like archery, dance, ceramics, choral singing, and more she might not want to come home.
The two weeks (July 10- 23) overnight camp is $2,000 plus additional fees for a lifetime of memories. You can register your child on the website
Global Youth Village
Global Youth Village allow teens to make lifelong friends with other teens from all over the world while never leaving the U.S.. For girls, age 14- 18, interested in one day travelling the world or international relations this two week summer camp in Virginia may be perfect exposure for her. There are daily physical and leadership building activities along with discussions on art and environmental issues.
Camp Diva is an extension of Girls For A Change, an organization that empowers girls around the nation to make an impact through social change. The five week camp (June 27- July 29) in Richmond, VA for rising 6th- 9th grade girls provides leadership, life skills, health and wellness, and social change while on the campus of Virginia Union University.
Early registration for $600 ends May 31, but you have until June 25 for $700. Go to their website www.girlsforachange.org/campdiva.
Girl’s Black Mountain Camp– Carolina’s FCA Camp
Some girls are more athletic than others. These girls love to sweat, compete, and push themselves physically. This camp is for them. Offering daily clinics in cheer, softball, basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, and endurance adventure in North Carolina. Five days to binge on their favorite sport with other girls grade 7- 12. Activities begin in the afternoon, but they also offer morning clinics for girls who are interested.
You can register here for $395.
Saint Mary’s College Forensic Science Academy
For girls who are obsessed with CSI and First 48. She’s hooked and interested in solving crimes. This weeklong (July 17- 22) summer camp on the campus of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN will give her the opportunity to get a taste of the real deal. She’ll have a staged crime scene to investigate using math, science, and critical thinking skills while staying on the campus.
It’s for 8th- 12th grader for $565. Register here.