Fearless Girls' Empowerment Camp
Free feminist summer camps for teen girls
For pre-teen girls and gender-diverse youth aged 10-13 to make friends and explore topics about female empowerment, girl power, media representations and how to make sense of them. Run by experienced facilitators, the Fearless camps will include a variety of indoor and outdoor activities ranging from art, coping skills, local excursions and guided tours, and more.
This summer, the NSWC is offering one Fearless session:
August 14-18 (NOW FULL)
The session will include free breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
For young self-identified women, girls, and gender-diverse youth aged 14-17 to discuss topics such as healthy relationships, boundaries, body image, bullying and self-esteem, and media in a safe and feminist environment. Run by experienced facilitators, the Empowerment camps will include a variety of indoor and outdoor activities ranging from art, coping skills, local excursions and guided tours, and more.
This summer, the NSWC is offering three Empowerment sessions:
All sessions include free breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
*The third Empowerment session will focus on healthy relationships, including a training in Flip The Script with EAAA™, which can be redeemed for 12 volunteer hours
Educate. Encourage. Empower.
Adolescence is a critical period for the mental health, self-esteem, and healthy development for girls, where issues such as bullying, body image, identity, safety, and gender roles can become an overwhelming force.
The Canadian Women's Foundation has found that between Grade 7 and Grade 12, more than 25% of young women report being targeted by online harassment and cyberbullying; by Grade 10, less than 15% of girls identify as being self-confident. And, the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre at UBC suggests that the prevalence of bullying and mental health struggles amongst LGBTQ2S+ and gender-diverse youth is also a key concern. With the increasing presence of social media in the lives of youth, negative messaging about who young girls can/should be, what they should look like, and the "right" way to be women is more prevalent-- and in many ways less avoidable-- than ever.
We have seen these pressures firsthand throughout the years in our Fearless Girls' Empowerment Camps, and have heard the North Shore's need for expanded and increased programming for young women. The North Shore Women's Centre aspires to become a hub for girls' empowerment in our community.
Between our Fearless activity portfolio expanding and our offering of evidence-based sexual assault prevention programming through Flip The Script, we hope that our centre can become a place where young women and gender-diverse individuals not only feel safe, supported, and seen, but also feel empowered to express themselves and share their confidence with the people in their lives.
About Fearless Girls' Empowerment Camps
The teen Girls' Empowerment Camps are one-week day camps that take place each summer, for high school girls and gender-diverse youth. Started in 2007, the camps have supported youth entering grades 8-12 until 2023, when the NSWC's expanded youth programming portfolio allowed a split into two groups: Fearless (for youth aged 10-13) and Empowerment (for youth aged 14-17).
Led by an experienced youth facilitator, the camps aim to support teen girls in accessing their individual and collective strengths in order to empower themselves and help create social change.
Some of the topics covered during the camp typically include:
Assertiveness, boundary setting
Self-esteem, body image
Media/social media awareness
These topics are explored by engaging in activities such
as discussion, games, art, video, music, drama, writing and
physical activities such as hiking, canoeing and interpretive tours,
as well as by inviting guest speakers. A morning snack, lunch and all materials are included.
The camps are offered free of charge. Donations are always welcome. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the North Shore Community Foundation, the Province of British Columbia, and the City of North Vancouver.
Pre-registration and in-take are required.
We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the North Shore Community Foundation, TD Ready Commitment, the Province of British Columbia, and the City of North Vancouver.