Magic Camp provides construction-related skills to teenage girls

Provided by Elizabeth J. Healas, DBE Supportive Services Coordinator
There’s no slight-of-hand or levitation, but Magic Camp still will offer some intrigue and challenges for girls interested in construction.

Magic Camp is designed to teach young women about carpentry, masonry, and electrical skills. The camp is sponsored by the Boise Chapter (No. 245) of the National Association of Women in Construction, in partnership with Renaissance Magnet High School Professional Technical Education Center and other community sponsors.

The one-week day camp is specifically geared toward girls interested in all facets of construction and building. Participants can make new friends with similar interests, discover their hidden talents, and explore some exciting non-traditional career options.

Under the watchful eyes of NAWIC mentors, the girls will learn the hands-on basic skills of carpentry, electrical, and masonry. Learning these skills while successfully completing construction projects builds confidence and self esteem.

So far, 17 teens have signed up for this summer’s camp, but there’s space for 24. It runs from Aug. 23-26 at Meridian’s Renaissance Professional-Technical Center. The cost is $25 per girl, and includes some cool stuff like a pink tool kit and hard hat. More important, the training helps participants develop skills in a non-traditional career, traditionally dominated by men.

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Published 8-13-2010