2019 Empower Camp

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As of 6/17/19, all spots for our 2019 Empower Camp have been filled! We received an overwhelming response and are excited that our program has doubled in size since our 2018 season. If you would like to join our waitlist, we will fill any open spots in the order in which the waitlist requests are received. 


Empower Camp is designed interested young women, ages 13-18, who are interested in making new friends with other empowered women...because that’s kind of our thing! 


We heard the feedback loud and clear from our campers last summer that camp needed to be longer which is why we’ve added a whole day to camp for more laughs, more memories and more power in our souls!

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Empower Camp 2019

August 10-13, 2019


Duffield Camp & Retreat Center*

11740 Worden Road

Delevan, NY 14042 

Only one hour from Buffalo! 


The camp fee is $320 per camper:

  • The camp fee includes lodging, food and all camp activities. 
  • Take advantage of our Bring A Friend $10 discount when a you bring a NEW friend to camp...Both you and your friend can take $10 off! 
  • Empower Camp believes that if a young woman wants to attend camp, she should have the opportunity to do so! Need-based scholarships are available! Apply for a scholarship today. 


*Empower Camp is a non-denominational camp program, open to all cultures, religions and backgrounds.

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Registration Process

As of 6/17/19, all spots for our 2019 Empower Camp have been filled! We received an overwhelming response and are excited that our program has doubled in size since our 2018 season. If you would like to join our waitlist, we will fill any open spots in the order in which the waitlist requests are received. 

2019 Empower Camp Waitlist

The Empower Camp Program

What is Empower Camp?

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Empower Camp exists to ignite the inner power of young women (ages 13-18). Our vision is to create a world where young women radiate strength, have the courage to speak up and are empowered to create the life they want to lead.


Empower Camp launched with an eruption of energy and success in Summer 2018 with our inaugural camp at Camp Duffield in Delevan, NY. With 27 campers and 28 volunteer staff, there was never a dull moment. Our 27 campers attended from 16 different schools and well, we’ll let them tell you what Empower Camp meant to them (check out our camper testimonials!). 


Half of our campers attended camp on scholarship because we wholeheartedly believe that if a young woman wants to attend camp, she should have the opportunity to do so! In 2018, our scholarship fund was available because Empower Camp won FIRST PLACE at the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County’s Pitch 10 Event. In 2019, we are asking the community for help to re-fill this scholarship fund. Sponsor a camper or donate today to give the gift of camp to young women in our community. 


Empower Camp is all about having an incredibly good time while campers discover their true selves. Our camp agenda is designed with young women in mind! The program includes traditional camp experiences including hiking, creek walks and games with an Empower Camp twist! Read on for more details. 


Nervous about coming to Camp or trying something new? That’s okay - We specialize in making you comfortable outside your comfort zone!

The “Magic” of Empower Camp

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…#TeamChallenges are customized life-sized puzzles and obstacle courses designed to promote openness and trust, encourage self-reflection, and well, we‘re sure you’ll be cheering LET’S GO TEAM in no time!


…#PowerZones provide you the opportunity to discover your strengths: Self defense (ka pow!), Yoga (it's a mind-body-spirit thing!) or Fashion (go forth and be fabulous!) are just a few examples.


...#RealChats is a time for campers to create “your best you!”. These are small group discussions on topics such as self-talk, self-doubt, facing your fears, self-care, building healthy habits and setting and achieving goals.


…Our #campfire is an uplifting experience including music, s’mores (of course) and personal stories of Empowerment...because creating a network of support with other empowered women is kind of our thing!

Why Empower Camp?

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Leading an empowered life will take confidence, strength, self-assuredness, and a little bit of goofiness for good measure (trust us, camp hath no boundary for being goofy). 


Our aim is to create a life-impacting experience, as you’ll create friendships with girls you can relate to and you’ll learn tools to help you navigate challenges that you will face in the future. 


Our program allows you to step away from day-to-day digital distractions and life pressures, to gain confidence, to create meaningful friendships, and to discover your strengths...plus Empower Camp is a ridiculously good time!

Benefits of Empower Camp

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You will...

  • Challenge yourself in a supportive and safe environment
  • Spend time in the great outdoors (Not a fan of camping and dirt? That’s ok, our modern cabin facilities would certainly qualify as “glamping”... AKA glamorous camping)
  • Self-discover through dynamic and customized activities
  • Make new friends who you can relate to and seek support from (both now and in the future).
  • Create a plan for achieving your goals
  • And ultimately, IGNITE YOUR INNER POWER!

Daily Schedule

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We will begin our day at 8:30am and lights out will be at 11pm. Here’s the typical schedule of a day at Empower Camp:

8:30am - Breakfast 

9:30am - #RealChat

10:30am - #PowerZones

12:30pm - Lunch 

1:30pm - L.O.B (aka Laying On Bunk aka Rest time)

2:30pm - All Camp Activity 

5:30pm - Dinner

6:30pm - #TeamChallenges

9:00pm - #CampFire

11:00pm - Lights Out 

Duffield Camp & Retreat Center

The Property

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Duffield Camp & Retreat Center is a beautiful 137 acre campground located in Delevan, NY (one hour south of Buffalo) that serves as a camp, conference center and retreat space.


Since 1950, Duffield has been welcoming campers of all ages to experience the beauty of nature and to provide the perfect setting to create ridiculously fun camp memories.  


Empower Camp is excited to be returning to Camp Duffield for our second year. 

The Lodging

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Campers will stay in modern cabins with bunk beds, electricity and bathrooms. These cabins totally qualify as "glamping"... AKA glamorous camping.


Each cabin will have two counselors with approximately eight gals per cabin. Cabins will be assigned based on age groups. 


An important part of cabin life is tribe spirit! Each cabin will be assigned a team name, and a part of the Empower Camp Chant. Campers will build strong relationships with their cabin mates throughout camp.

Dining

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We will eat together at the Dining Hall, Janeway, where delicious food is aplenty (Thanks to our amazing volunteer kitchen staff led by the infamous Chef Pam!). Nutritious and delicious - each main course will leave your belly full and happy.


You will never go hungry at Empower Camp with mid-day snack deliveries and as many second helpings as your heart desires. 


Hydration will be top of mind and we ensure water is available at every snack, meal and available throughout each day. (H2O is the way to go!)


Have a food allergy or special consideration? Not a problem, our team is happy to discuss with you to accommodate! 

2019 Summer Camp Staff

Transportation

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Campers can be dropped off at Camp Duffield by a parent or guardian OR take advantage of our busing option! 


The bus information is as follows:

Pick up and drop off location will be from the Hutch Tech High School parking lot 

(256 S Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY). 


Saturday, August 10: 

Bus will leave promptly at 11:30am.


Tuesday, August 13: 

Bus will return by approximately 5:30pm.

Directions to Camp Duffield

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Google Maps will recognize Duffield Camp & Retreat Center as a location.


Street Address: 

11740 Worden Road, Delevan, NY 14212


Directions from Buffalo: 

  • 90 West to 400 South.
  • Take 400 South to the end and continue straight onto Route 16 South.
  • Drive 14 miles on Route 16 South.
  • Turn right onto Creek Road/W. Yorkshire Road (there is a Burger King at the corner).
  • At first stop sign, take a left onto McKinstry Rd.
  • In a ½ mile, take a left onto Worden Rd.
  • The camp entrance will be ½ mile down the road at the bottom of the hill on your left. 

Camp Packing List

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Sleep items – bunk bed style sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (or blankets)
  • Pillow 
  • Twin Sheet (for mattress)

Clothing – check the weather report!

  •  T-Shirts / Sweatshirts
  • Pair of Shorts / Pair of Pants 
  • Socks / Undergarments
  • Attire for creek walk (Bathing suit, t-shirt, shorts, water shoes or old sneakers)
  • Pajamas
  • Indoor shoes (slippers)

Outerwear

  •  Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Hat
  • Sneakers/boots     

Toiletries

  • Flip flops (for the shower)
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush / Hair ties
  • Face soap / Body Soap
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Face towel / Shower towel
  • Deodorant / Powder

Other

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Flashlight
  • Medications
  • Beach Towel

Testimonials

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"Empower Camp was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I was wary about attending at first because I knew only one other girl that would be going, but once at camp I truly felt welcome. Everyone was very energetic and inclusive, and I found myself making new friends almost immediately. From the songs to the games to eating in the dining hall, I was always meeting new people and making memories. One of my fondest memories of Empower Camp was our final campfire. Everyone was singing and dancing with eachother and it was astounding to see how fast we all had bonded. By the end of camp we all knew each other by name and felt comfortable confiding in eachother. There is truly no other experience like that of Empower Camp, and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to attend." 

- Marcianna

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"My experience at Empower Camp was amazing. 

The atmosphere of the camp itself, meeting new people, the singing and dancing, the empower talk, stories from the volunteers was just an amazing opportunity. I felt like I belonged there with everyone. While doing the puzzle challenge we thought one group had all of the missing pieces but it turned out that the other remains group had the other pieces. We came together and we completed it together. Together we are stronger. I’ve learned that women tend to compete with each, instead of coming together as one to support each other. But at Empcamp we were united. Nothing is impossible until you try hard and have people around you that will motivate you to accomplish your goals. While leaving camp I felt like a piece of me was still there at camp and I really wanted to stay a little longer to be with everyone." 

- Fato

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"One thing I've always struggled with is self confidence - the confidence that I'm smart, I'm beautiful, I'm important, I'm worthy, I'm strong, I'm enough. I never believed any of this until I went to Empower camp. Empower Camp helped me realize a lot about myself and the people around me. In two short days I learned that we are all unique and should embrace who we are. More importantly we are all smart, beautiful, important, worthy, strong, enough. I also learned that we all have a voice and that our voices matter. We should never be afraid to speak up. All it takes is a little bit of confidence to have a different outlook on who we are and what we are capable of. Empower camp taught me to embrace who I am and to love myself. For this I am very thankful for Empower camp and I strongly suggest anyone who is interested in the camp should go as it could be a life changing experience or a real eye-opener." 

- Lexie

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"Empower Camp was one of the best weekends of my life. It was a weekend away from stress and full of new friends, fun experiences, and powerful life lessons. I learned that I have control in my life and that I am ready for the challenges that may come up in my life. We've all got that power in our souls!" 

- Hannah

2019 Camp Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are back!

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Empower Camp was recently gifted a generous donation which allows us to provide need-based scholarships to our campers again for the 2019 season. We believe that if a young woman wants to attend camp, she should have the opportunity to do so! 

Apply for a need-based scholarship