Saturday, July 30 - Tuesday, August 2 at Camp Whitman on beautiful Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region!
Camp registration is now closed. Details for our 2023 program will be posted in Fall 2022.
Empower Camp is all about having an incredibly good time while campers discover their true selves and ignite their inner power!
Designed for young women of all backgrounds, cultures and beliefs, ages 13-18, our program includes traditional camp activities with an Empower Camp twist to spark growth and personal transformation.
Empower Camp launched with an eruption of energy and success in Summer 2018 with our inaugural camp at Camp Duffield in Delevan, NY. We had an incredibly good time and well...we'll let our campers tell you what Empower Camp meant to them (check out our camper testimonials!).
More than half of our campers attend camp on scholarship because we wholeheartedly believe that if a young woman wants to attend camp, she should have the opportunity to do so! Sponsor a camper or donate today to give the gift of camp to young women in our community.
Nervous about coming to Camp or trying something new? That’s okay - We specialize in making you comfortable outside your comfort zone!
Psst! Ready to be let in on our "magic" secret? Empower Camp "magic" is REAL! Not only is there magic simply being together in nature and connecting with each other, but our program is packed with dynamic, creative and engaging sessions to spark your personal transformation and growth:
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!
This is an example of what a typical day at camp looks like, some days may look slightly different, but the components will always be the same!
8:30am - Breakfast
9:30am - #RealChat
10:30am - #PowerZones
12:30pm - Lunch
1:30pm - F.L.O.B (Flat Laying On Bunk aka rest time)
2:30pm - #PowerZones
5:30pm - Dinner
6:30pm - #TeamChallenges
8:00pm - #CampFire
10:00pm - Lights Out
Located on the west side of Seneca Lake between Geneva and Watkins Glen, right off of Route 14, this beautiful 117 acre property features private lake frontage, woods, ravines, meadows, a pond, and playing fields. The facilities are simple and rustic.
Empower Camp will be renting this stunning premier lakefront property for our 2022 summer camp program.
Campers will be housed in simple cabins with solar powered electricity. Each cabin sleeps four people. Cabins will be grouped and each group will have two counselors and approximately eight gals. Cabins will be assigned based on age.
Part of cabin life is cabin spirit! Each cabin group will be assigned a team name, team color and a part of the Empower Camp Chant! Historically, our campers have built deep relationships with their cabin groups throughout the experience...essentially becoming family!
Campers will have access to a shared bathhouse.
Overlooking Seneca Lake, we will eat together in the Dining Hall where delicious food is aplenty. Nutritious and delicious - each main course will leave your belly full and happy.
Our cooking staff does an incredible job of providing options to meet the dietary preferences and needs of each camper. With a rating of 5 out of 5 stars on our camp surveys in 2018 and 2019, the food at Empower Camp has become an infamous part of camp! As one of our campers stated, "I love trying the delicious foods that was made for us!"
You will never go hungry at Empower Camp with mid-day snack deliveries, PB & J sandwiches available at every meal and as many second helpings as your heart desires.
Hydration will be top of mind and each camper will receive an Empower Camp water bottle to bring to all activities...hydrated and happy!
Optional bus transportation is available at no additional cost to campers with two pick-up/drop-off locations:
(1) Hutchinson Central Technical High School
(256 S Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201)
Saturday, July 30: Plan to arrive no later than 10:30am. The bus will depart promptly at 11:00am. Lunch will be provided.
Tuesday, August 2: The bus will return approximately between 2:00pm - 2:30pm.
(2) Transit Road Thruway Park & Ride
(6650 Transit Rd. Buffalo, NY 14221)
Saturday, July 30: Plan to arrive no later than 11:00am. The bus will depart promptly at 11:30am. Lunch will be provided.
Tuesday, August 2: The bus will return approximately between 1:15pm - 1:45pm.
Parents/guardians are welcome to transport campers to/from camp! Please note the following camp arrival/departure times:
· Arrival: Saturday, July 30 check-in available 2:00pm – 3:00pm. We kindly ask that you do not arrive earlier than 2:00pm as our volunteer staff will be very busy getting camp ready.
Departure: Tuesday, August 2 departure 11:00am – 12:00pm. We kindly ask that you do not arrive earlier than 11:00am as we will be finishing up our final sessions and enjoying our last minutes together as a Camp Family.
Google Maps will recognize Camp Whitman on Seneca Lake as a location.
150 Whitman Road, Penn Yan NY 14527
Directions from Buffalo:
The Empower Camp magic in action! Evoking the energy and excitement of Empower Camp 2019, this video is GUARANTEED to put a smile on your face! ☀️ This video was created by Abby, one of our rock star campers who has been with us since the beginning of Empower Camp! Amazing job Abby! 💫 Enjoy the sweet memories! ☮️ *Note - We do not own the rights to this music. Credit to One Republic, “I lived”
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
“Empower Camp meant a lot to me because normally kids aren’t the nicest to me. When I went to this camp, it made me feel welcomed and it made me feel like I had another place to be my true self. I learned that no one judges or leaves you out of anything. It was nice to make some true friends that I can trust and talk to anytime. The camp counselors are like moms and it made me feel very safe and welcomed. I can’t put it in any better way than I loved this camp. They are like another family and I will come again! Thank you so much for great memories, amazing friends and a new home away from home.”