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.
Week 1: July 7-11 | Week 2: July 14-18
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Pick-up begins: 8:30am | Drop-off ends: 4:30pm
Girls will design and build a full-scale project 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 will speak with our client, design, sketch, model, prototype, build the piece (furniture? sculpture? lighting? what else?!) and donate it. Along the way, girls will learn 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.
Please note: Week 1 and 2 will be different projects. Campers can enroll in one week or both!
Snacks will be provided. Full lunch option is available at an additional $25.
Enrollment is limited to 12 girls, 9 to 12 years old.
REALM Charter High School, 1222 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
$325 per week, $300 early-bird registration before March 1.
Please email Emily Pilloton, camp director, email@example.com for our full- and partial-scholarship application form.
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, 2014; Half (50%) refund if registration is canceled AFTER June 15, 2014.
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 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.
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.