“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?
Registration for 2017 is now open
Click the following link to apply for the week you want to volunteer.
Grade 7 and 8
Grade 9 to 12
*Transportation to Bolton Camp will be offered August 14-18 and August 21-25. Bus pick-up locations during these two weeks include:
Turner Fenton Secondary School (7935 Kennedy Rd S, Brampton);
Harold M Brathwaite Secondary School (415 Great Lakes Dr, Brampton);
and Herb Campbell Public School (3749 King St, Inglewood)
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 kilometer of hiking trail, which will benefit the ecological heritage of the landscape, and provide the community with access to additional recreational space.
Woodland and Riparian Restoration
Participants will plant trees and shrubs to restore woodland habitat impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer, and restore habitat along a ravine to improve biodiversity and prevent erosion.
Pollinator Garden Boxes
Participants will build and plant pollinator garden boxes, in addition to completing various workshops and training sessions related to the project, such as plant selection, design /construction, garden maintenance, and ecological benefits of pollinators.
Participants will build and install several habitat structures repurposed from abated ash trees that will provide shelter and nesting sites for local wildlife. These habitat features will include bird nest boxes, bee condos, and habitat piles. 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.
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.