“Girls aren’t generally encouraged to enter skilled trades. This program provides an opportunity to learn those skills in a fun and safe environment.” – Nadia Zanardi, Program Co-ordinator, Girls Can Too
The Girls Can Too program provides young women with hands-on learning experiences in construction and ecology. The program is spearheaded and delivered by three female university students, and includes mentorship and training opportunities with females from a variety of professions.
Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate verifying their hours of community service to the Bolton Camp, which can be used towards their high school diploma.
We have an exciting program lined up for summer 2017. We will be working on several projects that will help contribute to the revitalization of Bolton Camp and improve the ecosystems that are vital to the health of the Great Lakes region, including: tree planting, trail restoration, building habitat structures, restoring a ravine, and building/planting pollinator gardens.
All projects contain construction and ecology aspects that will enable participants to gain hands-on skills, learn about the natural environment and sustainability. Female mentors will provide practical instruction, positive leadership, host workshops and share first-hand experiences during Lunch N’ Learn sessions.
INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR GIRLS CAN TOO?
2017 Program Sessions
- Tuesday July 4 to Friday July 7, 2017 (Grade 7 and 8)
- Monday July 17 to Friday July 21, 2017 (Grade 9,10, 11 and 12)
- Monday August 14 to Friday August 18, 2017 (Grade 7 and 8)
- Monday August 21 to Friday August 25, 2017 (Grade 9,10, 11 and 12)
Participants will restore one kilometre of hiking trail, which will benefit the ecological heritage of the landscape, and provide the community with access to additional recreational space.
Building a Boardwalk
This project consists of building a 40 metre boardwalk in a designated trail. During this project, participants will learn how to use a variety of power tools, such as a drill or circular saw, and obtain the technical skills required by the trade industry.
Pollinator Garden Boxes
Participants will build and plant pollinator garden boxes and complete various workshops and training sessions related to the project, such as plant selection, soil testing, design /construction, garden maintenance, and ecological benefits of pollinators.
Living Fence Installation
Participants will design and build a 58-metre fence around the Cookery chimney, which is a heritage feature and focal point for the site. Through this project the participants will have the chance to acquire knowledge in design and also determine how the fence can become a living wall/ flower art installation.
We would like to extend a big thank you to all organizations, and community members for their support of this initiative with time, mentorship, financial and in-kind donations. The success of this program would not be possible without your generosity and guidance.