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!
…#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!
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!
"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!"