Unconventional summer camp teaches young girls skilled trades
Students from the Journey Girls camp show off some of their classwork. (Dave Mitchell/CTV News Edmonton)
Published Friday, July 26, 2019 12:56PM MDT
Instead of enjoying a hot summer day outside, a dozen girls were inside an air conditioned wood-working classroom at NAIT.
“It was fun,” said 11-year-old Sonia Lundnreyero.
“There were no boys there to be annoying!”
The Journey Girls camp offers girls aged 11-14 a close up look at five NAIT trades programs.
Over five days, the girls learned about sheet metal, welding, auto body, machining and carpentry.
Carly Prefontaine is a millwork and carpentry instructor at NAIT.
“I think its a great way to bring exposure to the trades. This entire camp is a great way for girls who might not get a chance to experience trades to give it a try.”
The welding portion of the camp was on Tuesday. Lundnreyero says it was scary.
“They told us what was going to happen if you didn’t do everything correctly so I just got nervous.”
Her favourite trade of the week was auto body.
“It was more interesting. I built this little car that I got to paint.”
The girls got hands-on practice in all five trades, which could one day lead to a career.
Their final project was designing personally designed wooden jewelry boxes to bring home.
Can they do it?
“Of course they can! Girls rock,” said Prefontaine.