Alliance for Girls: Champions the leaders and voices that support young women and girls.
About Face: A site that discusses healthy body image and how to gain positive body image.
Girls Inc: Programs and resources for empowering and advocating for girls.
Oasis for Girls: Partners with girls and young women of color from under-resourced communities.
Girls Leadership Institution: Programs and online content to teach girls leadership skills.
Daughters: A site that provides resources and information about a variety of common teen issues.
Teen Talking Circles: A site that allows teens and parents to connect with other teens and parents and discuss issues that they are having.
Camps for Girls:
Soccer Skills Clinics and Camps:
Day campers can expect one challenging training session per day in addition to games each afternoon. Sessions focus on basic skills and the development of technical and tactical play, as well as fitness, good training habits, and good sporting behavior.
Outdoor Adventure Day Camps:
Outdoor Adventure Camp Fun Weeks are specially designed to give children the opportunity to learn about and enjoy the most exciting outdoor activities that beautiful San Francisco and Marin have to offer, such as hiking, biking, beach soccer, rock climbing, trust-building, and team-building.
Young Women Empowered makes it clear that this camp is all about diversity. Their campers and mentors in this Seattle-based program represent several backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations. The organization offers programs ranging from learning how to protect the earth to writing and working in the fashion industry. The workshops aim to help young women build their resumes and gain career skills.
Girls Leadership is a summer camp that focuses on girls’ confidence, communication, and relationship skills. The programs also use conflict resolution workshops to show these teens what to do when confrontation arises. By the end of the camp, girls are ready to take risks and stand up for themselves (and others). Girls Leadership is offered in California, Colorado, New Jersey, and New York.
Girls Rock! Camp aims to get young girls, many who have never even played an instrument before, to rock. Participants will suddenly find themselves behind the drums, thrashing out on guitar, or screaming behind the mic. After a few days of music instruction, they’re on a stage, rocking out and throwing the horns in front of an audience at a real music venue. Some Girls Rock! camps also offer yoga and self-defense classes.
GOLD’s programs are for adventurous young women ages 11–18. Amidst the beauty of nature or in the climbing gym, girls work together to develop leadership skills, have fun, and dare to do new things. The 7–22 day summer experiences include backpacking, rock climbing, art, music, backcountry cooking, river rafting and yoga – all with time to hang out and make great friends. You don’t need equipment, but you should possess a desire to try new things yourself and challenge yourself in body, mind, and spirit.
Girls Who Code is for the future computer scientists and engineers of the world. Their Summer Immersion Program puts these techies face-to-face with female engineers and entrepreneurs to see what it takes to make it as a young woman in tech. Over the course of seven intense weeks, campers dive into robotics, web design, and mobile development.
In the male-dominated tech world we live in, Alexa Cafe is a breath of fresh air. This all-girls tech camp for ages 10-15 features courses in coding, filmmaking, photography, programming, as well as game and web design. At the Oakland and Palo Alto locations, girls build leadership and entrepreneurship skills in an environment where technology isn’t intimidating. There is also an overnight camp option at the Mills College Oakland location.
Outdoor programs for women and girls in Boulder, CO.
Semester long residential science & leadership school for 10th grade girls in Freeport, ME.
Camps for Boys:
BOLD Mountain School is an outdoor education program for adventurous young men ages 11–18. Out there in the wild blue yonder, boys work together to develop leadership skills that will help them succeed in life, whatever path they choose. The 7–22 day wilderness experiences include backpacking, rock climbing, fishing, and just enough goofing off to make sure boys have the time of their life.
This program is a bilingual (Spanish) nature adventure program in Corralitos, CA. They strive to help youth understand and value our relationship with nature , respect human diversity, and learn life skills like problem solving, resiliency, and team communication. They offer various California wilderness overnight camps for boys ages 9 to 16.
This 6-day overnight camp in Washington State provides young explorers the chance to swim, hike, bike, raft, and kayak in the Wild Sky Wilderness and Cascade foothills. The program incorporates leadership activities, and encourages boys to make safe decisions, evaluate their own strengths and those of the group, and communicate effectively. For boys aged 13-16.
This program helps middle school boys develop leadership and character skills through exploring nature. Young men will explore the world of being a scientist, meet new friends, and investigate scientific questions. Students will be exploring science through natural history all week in a hands-on exploration camp in Greenly, Colorado.
For over 30 years, Camp Chrysalis has helped young people, ages 8 to 17, explore the rich and diverse natural environments of California. Living among redwoods, tidepools, marshes and mountains, campers cultivate an ethic of respect and responsibility for the ecologies that support life on earth. Leaving from Berkeley, each summer we lead sessions at our camps beneath the redwoods in Big Sur, between the tides of the Mendocino coast, and high in the Sierra Nevada (including a backpacking session for older campers).
Now in it’s 7th year, Youth Empowered (YEA) Camp is a life-changing week-long overnight camp with sessions in Santa Cruz, CA, as well as Oregon and Upstate New York. YEA Camp is for youth who want to change the world! Campers ages 12-17 choose a social issue they want to work on, such as the environment, LGBT rights, racism, animal welfare, or domestic violence. Throughout the week they build their confidence, build concrete skills, make incredible like-minded friends and leave with an action plan to make a difference on the cause of their choice when they go home.
Good communication and writing skills are important and often under appreciated tools. This San Carlos-based camp offers one-week workshops for kids ages 8 to 18. There are two options available: a fiction and poetry session that concentrates on basics like plot structure and editing, and a high school writers’ workshop for 10th through 12th graders.
Urban Adventure Camps are exactly what the name implies. Every morning, campers between the ages of 8 and 15 meet at Rockridge BART and set off on fun and information-packed trips around the Bay Area. Destinations include the de Young Museum, Angel Island, the USS Hornet, and others.
Everyday at Coastal Camp is an opportunity for adventure and discovery in the outdoors. Participate in games, beach time, hikes, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts, and more in the Marin Headlands! Grades K-9. Daily Shuttles from SF, Mill Valley, and Sausalito.
At this camp, kids experience the power of authentic outdoor adventure. Avid4 Adventure summer camps teach pre-K–12th graders of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. Experienced instructors give campers solid outdoors skills and character-shaping confidence they can use at camp and beyond, launching them into a lifetime of empowering adventure.
Books for Further Reading:
Orenstein, P. Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. New York: Random House, 1997.
Johnston, A. Girls Speak Out: Finding Your True Self . Berkeley: Celestial Arts, 2005.
Lamb, S. and Brown, L., Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Out Daughter’s from Marketers’ Schemes. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2007.
Thompson, B. A Hunger So Wide and Deep: A Multiracial View of Women’s Eating Problems. U Minnesota P, 1996.
Brown, L.M. (2005). Girlfighting: Betrayal and rejection among girls. New York: New York University Press.
Simmons, R. Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2002. 296 pp.
Louv, R. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2006
Wiseman, R. Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence.Three Rivers Press, 2003. 352 pp.
Gurian, M. The Wonder of Girls: Understanding the hidden nature of our daughters. New York, NY: Atria Books, 2002.
Resources for Girls
Drill, E., McDonald, H., and Odes, R. DEAL WITH IT! Pocket Books.
Note to parents on resources for girls: We recommend a book: Deal with it! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain and Life as a Gurl by Esther Drill, which is aimed at girls age 13 and up. It contains material on sexuality, and we suggest that you check it out for age appropriateness.
Allenbaugh, K. Chocolate for a Teen’s Soul: Lifechanging Stories for Young Women about Growing Wise and Growing Strong. Fireside, 2000. 256 pp.