It may not feel like it right now, but summer is (honestly) just around the corner and so we’ve cherry picked the best upcoming summer camps for inspiring young girls; from rocking out in Houston to sports and s’mores in Illinois. Even better, they’re based in some of Northern America’s most vibrant cities and picturesque countryside; and a few of them even let parents tag along.
To equality and beyond!
Geek Girl Con - Seattle, US
It may be more of a convention than a camp but Seattle- based Geek Girl Con promises budding superheroes all the benefits of camp, minus the mosquito bites and poison ivy. While the convention is open to adults they’ll all be throwing themselves into dressing up, geeking out, gaming, posing, and saving the world. There’ll be a DIY Science zone for aspiring Princess Bubblegums and the workshop series will appeal to the young Hermione Granger in your life. As parents are welcome there’ll be little reason to leave the Conference Centre; but you might want to make an exception for viewing the autumn leaves at Seattle’s Arboretum.
Dates: 30th September-1st October 2017
Age range: open to all ages, from the Powerpuff Girls to Aunt May
Parents planning to stay nearby? Booking.com recommends: Hotel Max
Networking in nature
Young Feminist Collaborative - Hampshire, US
For the young girl scout, bake stand organizer, ardent recycler and petition signer in your life: Young Feminist Collaborative at Hampshire College, Massachusetts is the place to be. In July 2017 the college is working with Soapbox Feminist Camp to create a pre-college program for girls interested in social justice and charity work. Designed for girls aged 16-18, the college’s beautiful Massachusetts location means that younger siblings and parents can also make the most of the weekend.
Dates: 17-28th July 2017
Age range: 13-18 years old
Parents planning to stay nearby? Booking.com recommends: Old Mill Inn
We play like girls, try to keep up
Girls in the Game - Illinois, US
This Illinois-based camp provides coaching for 25 different sports, marshmallow toasting, campfire singing, swimming, canoeing, healthy lunches (to balance out all those s’mores), confidence building workshops and everything else needed to inspire a future Olympian. And, most importantly, while Girls in the Game is dedicated to helping young girls enjoy sports, they still manage to cater to everyone: from sports fanatics to chronic bookworms.
Dates: day camps 6th July-1st August, overnight camp 2nd-4th August
Age range: 8-13 years old
Parents planning to stay nearby? Booking.com recommends: Country Inn Manteno
Ready to rock
Girls Rock - Houston, US
A music camp where girls learn how to play instruments, form bands, write songs, perform shows, rock out and maybe take over the world: Girls Rock is an international organisation with camps all over the place. The reason Houston stands out is the city’s musical pedigree - home to post-punk band Mydolls, Destiny’s Child, Solange Knowles, and, of course, Queen Bey herself - and the vibrant art trails for parents to explore while their girls are at camp.
Dates: 24th-28th July 2017
Age range: 8-18 years old
Parents planning to stay nearby? Booking.com recommends: Quality Inn & Suites Houston
Girl Up Leadership - Washington, US
Budding politicians and leaders from around the world are heading to the UN’s 6th Girl Up summit this summer. Based in Washington DC, the Girl Up weekend will include workshops in confidence building, community outreach and leadership, followed by an official lobby day on Capitol Hill. Basically, just picture a room full of young Leslie Knopes. And parents planning to join their girls in Washington will find a different kind of inspiration from the city’s Food Truck Fiesta.
Dates: 16th-19th July 2017
Age range: 12-22 years old
Parents planning to stay nearby? Booking.com recommends: Morrison Clark Inn