Camp H is a one-of-a-kind design and building camp for girls ages 9-12 that inspires creativity and curiosity through hands-on building, problem-solving, and meaningful making. In both summer and after-school programs, girls will cut plywood with a jigsaw, fuse metal with a welder, and create projects of personal and social relevance. Camp H’s instructors are female architects, designers, creative educators, and graduates of our Studio H high school design/build program.
Integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) skills, Camp H projects build confidence, grit, and the belief that everything is possible in life and in the world. Camp H camp “graduates” will be equipped to communicate audacious ideas through their creative voice, transform their communities through active building, and go forth confidently into higher education and careers.
Camp H girls work towards an 11-module Fearless Builder Girl certification, earning badges for each module/skill:
Summer 2015 is SOLD OUT!
** WAIT LIST: Please register for the wait list as we are currently working to find solutions to accommodate as many girls as possible!! Thank you so much for your overwhelming interest – we are lucky and honored to have a community of wonderful families and girls. Stay tuned as we see what we can finagle!
Week 1 or Week 2: Design and Build Your Own Skateboard!
Dates: July 6-10 (Week 1) OR July 13-17 (Week 2)
Over the course of one week, Camp H girls will learn advanced carpentry skills, precision finishing, laser etching or vinyl cutting, and graphic design using Adobe Illustrator to design and build their own skateboard. For girls who aren’t into skateboarding, they can transform their project into an awesome stool or side table. Our all-female staff of instructors are highly skilled in carpentry, graphic design, and fabrication (though they are still working on their skateboarding skills!). Girls will work together, learn leadership and construction skills, and have a great time in our creative workshop environment. They will also earn their Carpentry, Graphic, and Digital badges. Healthy snacks, all materials, and a camp t-shirt are included.
Please note: Week 1 and Week 2 will be identical content. Please sign up for one week only.
Prerequisite: None (open to ALL, new and returning campers)
Schedule: 9:00am – 4:00pm (drop-off begins at 8:30am, pick-up ends at 4:30pm)
Enrollment and Tuition: $350, enrollment is limited to 16 girls with a 4:1 instructor:camper ratio
Location: REALM Charter High School, 1222 University Ave, Berkeley
Week 3: Builder Girl Field Trips!
Dates: July 20-24
Camp H is hitting the road for site visits and creative adventures! In this first-ever field trip session of Camp H, campers will Bay Area fabrication facilities, workshops, creative studios, galleries, and company headquarters in order to expand our understanding of the greater industry of design and building. Each day, campers will travel on public transportation or in a camp van to field trip locations, where we will be met by skilled leaders in the creative and construction trades for demos, tours, and activities. Already confirmed visits include OpenROV underwater robots, the Autodesk Pier 9 facility and Gallery at One Market Street, UC Berkeley’s architecture studios and fabrication shop, The Crucible, IDEO, and a local wood and metal shop. Others will be confirmed soon. Snacks will be provided along with all transportation and materials for small on-site activities.
Prerequisite: None (open to ALL, new and returning campers)
Schedule: 9:00am – 3:00pm (drop-off begins at 8:30am, pick-up ends at 3:30pm)
Enrollment and Tuition: $300, enrollment is limited to 12 girls with a 4:1 instructor:camper ratio
Location: Our home base will be REALM Charter High School, 1222 University Ave, Berkeley, and we will travel around the East Bay and San Francisco.
We want girls to attend Camp H regardless of their ability to pay. Each year, many of girls come to Camp H with full or partial scholarships. Scholarships are limited, but we will do what we can to accommodate as many families as possible. Please download our scholarship form here and send it to Emily Pilloton, camp director, firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarship recipients will be notified of acceptance and scholarship amount by May 1, 2015.
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 June 15, 2015; Half (50%) refund if registration is canceled AFTER June 15, 2015.
Our all-female staff
At Camp H, learning how to weld is just as important as learning how to solve problems, make new friends, be strong young women, and be leaders in our own lives and communities. As such, our all-female staff is a group of women whose experience and love exemplify the amazing qualities we seek to grow in our campers. Read our camp staff bios here.
Winter, 2015, “Architecture Studio”
In this 8-week long studio experience, Camp H girls learn the basics of architectural practice, taking a design from drafting board to construction site. We examine beautiful and brilliant architectural precedents from around the world, learn how to draft plan, section, and elevation drawings, build scale models in chipboard and cardboard, and use construction documents to construct a full-scale structure. Girls combine their design and building knowledge within an architectural context and earn their Architecture and Design badges.
Winter, 2015, “Board Game Design for Social Change”
Over the course of 8 weeks, Camp H girls collaborate to develop board games for social change. Inspired by the “serious games” movement, this workshop emphasizes the principles of game design and the implications of games for education and problem-solving. We began by analyzing precedents to understand how players learn and develop empathy from game-based interactions. After identifying and studying a social issue, girls learn basic graphic and communication design principles to prototype and produce a board game using multiple materials. Camp H girls earn their Leadership, Graphics, and Design badges.
Fall 2014, “Electric Textiles”
This ain’t your mama’s sewing class! From talking toys to glowing t-shirts, soft circuits allow us to experiment with electronics in new ways. Using materials like conductive fabric, sewable LEDs and circuit stickers, girls will make physical projects ranging from interactive costumes and birthday cards to blinky puppets. The process will involve tinkering, imagination and lots of radical textiles! Girls will develop new skills in sewing, electronics and programming, and no experience is required. Upon completion of the Electric Textiles session, girls will earn their Electronics module badge.
Fall 2014, “Introduction to Building / Advanced Certifications”
Over the course of 8 weeks, Camp H girls will learn and practice mastery in masonry, welding, and carpentry. There will be multiple projects to take home, and opportunities to design and create objects in many media that hold personal and community significance. We’ll also make academic connections to mathematics, material science, local socioeconomics, and more. This session will give first-time campers a primer on an array of tools and techniques, and more advanced challenges for returning campers. All campers will earn their Carpentry, Masonry, and Welding badges.
Summer 2014, “I Can Build Love in My Community”
Girls designed and built four pieces of furniture and an outdoor playhouse for the Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center, a local safe haven which offers free services to homeless women and their children. As a group we spoke with our client, designed, sketched, prototyped, built, and delivered the pieces in two weeks. Along the way, girls learned skills in woodworking, welding, fabrication, and masonry to design a meaningful project for their community, to work in multiple materials, and bring ideas to life. Campers will earn their Carpentry, Masonry, Welding, and Service badges.
Winter 2014, “I Can Fix Anything!”
In this design/build after-school camp, girls learned to use hand and power tools, basic electrical equipment, and automotive instruments to fix the things that need repair, installation, and maintenance in our everyday lives. Coupled with core-subject math and science concepts, we tinkered, experimented, built, and repaired. Each week we took on a different repair task so that our girls become confident to tackle everyday problems. Girls will earn their Fix-It badges.
Summer 2013, “I can chop wood and fuse metal”
In our first summer session, girls learned basic carpentry, welding, and metalworking tools to design and build a Mondrian-inspired birdhouse, their own hand-engraved ruler, and steel symbol that represented their family history. In addition to building activities, girls engaged in small excursions, community building, and applied academics.