There are so many opportunities for youth and volunteers each summer. It can be hard to know where to start! I’ve picked a few of my favorites that you might want to explore, as a girl participant or a volunteer. Read on, reach out to these orgs, and gave a great summer!
Quest Camp, University Family YMCA
Youth entering grades 7-9
Every week from June 23 to August 29
Full disclosure, I run this one. But it is going to be so much fun! Every day we meet up in the U District, then head out on adventures all over the Puget Sound region. While we’re going to Wild Waves, painting murals, hiking, and rock climbing, we sneak in lots of team building, goal setting and FUN. The program is co-ed, but I will have girl justice top of mind. Come join me!
Female, transgender, or gender non-conforming youth
Every week from June 23 to August 15
Summer is BIG at Reel Grrls! They offer nine different programs including DSLR film making, animation, editing, and audio production. Many of their programs are already full for girls, so move quick to sign up or get on a waiting list. If you want to volunteer, put their excellent Mentor Camp on your calendar and apply to volunteer. It is a great experience!
You Grow Girl
Girls entering grades 4-8
Every week from June 23-August 29
You Grow Girl offers what might be the best deal in summer youth programs: $100 a week, $350 a month. Incredible! They offer fun programs for girls in North Seattle that include yoga, poetry, art, hip hop dance, skate boarding, and more. The program runs from 10-4, and they provide wrap-around care.
Girls Outdoor Leadership School (GOLD)
Girls grades 6-12 (and some co-ed programs)
1, 2, and 3 week expeditions, June through August
Gold offers amazing, empowering outdoor adventure trips and residential leadership camp experiences for girls. Spots are filling fast, so you need to get a move on, but there are still lots of trips available: River Rafting and Science? Poets and Peeks? Yoga and Backpacking on the Olympic Coast? Two weeks at Camp Orkila? It’s hard to beat GOLD for incredible outdoor experiences for girls.