For Girls

Girls at Work, Inc. offers a variety of home school, after school, camp, troop, private and birthday builds. Our daily workshops for camps, teams, businesses, and programs can be customized to fit the needs of individual organizations.

In all of our programs, girls and teams can expect to:

  • learn the importance of safety and staying focused
  • overcome fears about power tools
  • tap into inner power tools of strength and courage
  • discover the rewards of teamwork
  • leave with a new sense of confidence and capability

We can work with your schedule for a build. We require a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 to run our programs. All proceeds help us reach more inner-city girls to help them find the power from within.

Please contact us for scheduling & pricing at [email protected]

Types of Builds (click to learn more)

Power (Birthday), Home Schools or Private Builds (Any Occasion) | Girls

After School Programs Through 21st Century | Girls | FREE*

21st Century Build Me Up Camp | Girls | FREE*

Paid Build Me Up Girls Summer Camp | Limited Space

For girls who did not attend the after school program through the Manchester School District, non-Manchester girls, and Home Schooled girls! We have heard many guardians ask for sessions for their girls to be able to experience building.

Summer Camp | Week 1 | June 17 – 21, 2019

Summer Camp | Week 2 | August 5 – 9, 2019

Visiting Summer Camp Programs (our shop or your camp) | Prices vary

Souvenir Build | ages 6+ | Girls
Give Back Builds | all ages | Girls
Fundraising Build | all ages | Girls
Camp Staff Build | all ages | Gender Neutral

Power (Birthdays), Home Schools & Private Builds (Any Occasion) for Girls

power3Looking for a new, creative, fun way to celebrate your daughter’s birthday? Take your daughter’s next birthday party

Bring your birthday girl with nine of her closest friends and we’ll empower all of them through building! It’s fun, exciting, challenging and empowering!

They will learn how to safely use a several different power tools while building a project of their own (shaker peg board) to take home. Bring cake and celebrate in the “workshop” after the building. The girls will spend two hours building in total, but they will talk about it for days!

Cost: $350.00 up to 10 girl for (2-2.5 hours)

  • More than 10 girls is $35. per girl over the minimum 10. (peg board)
  • Maximum of 15
  • Ages 6-16
  • Home school groups and others who have built with us and choose other builds the prices will vary.

“Thanks for my best birthday party EVER!”
– Sam, 11 years old

After School Programs in Partnership with 21st Century | FREE*

If you are interested in signing up your daughter(s) for the after school program please contact 21st Century,

21stC logoProgram Director:
John Hasenfuss
[email protected]
Phone: (603) 624-6384 x3030

Program Coordinator: 
Samantha Richard
[email protected]
Phone: (603) 624-6384 x3030

The schools that participate are:

2018-19 Academic School Year Program Times | *Free to girls from participating schools on a first come, first serve sign-up.

School Opening Time Closing Time
Bakersville Elementary School 2:45 PM 5:00 PM
Beech Street School 2:45 PM 5:00 PM
Gossler Park Elementary School 2:45 PM 5:00 PM
Hallsville Elementary School 2:45 PM 5:00 PM
Hillside Middle School 2:15 PM 5:15 PM
McDonough Elementary School 2:45 PM 5:00 PM
McLaughlin Middle School 2:15 PM 5:15 PM
Northwest Elementary School 2:45 PM 5:00 PM
Parker Varney Elementary School 2:45 PM 5:00 PM
Parkside Middle School 2:15 PM 5:15 PM
Southside Middle School 2:15 PM 5:15 PM
Wilson Elementary School 2:45 PM 5:00 PM

21st Century Build Me Up Camp | FREE*

We offer 4-full weeks of summer day camp *FREE to all the girls who attended our after school program during the year. It is building’ at our shop with breakfast & lunch provided FREE from the Manchester School District! It’s a great way to meet new friends from other schools and build on what you’ve learned during the school year by building more advanced woodworking projects. Be sure to sign up early through 21st Century as spots will be limited to 15 girls per week, and spots are given out on a first-come-first-served basis.

drillVisiting Summer Camp Programs

Each summer we load up our truck and head to camps throughout New England (or they visit us). We set up shop with our equipment, and then we build: Small shaker peg boards, raised beds, bookcases, picnic tables and sheds, to name just a few items. We can spend the day with up to 120 of your campers, building small shaker peg boards, or we can spend a week building a shed with a select few. We design our time at your camp to meet the needs of your girls and your camp. If you are interested in having us build with your campers this summer, please contact us soon as dates are limited.
Back to Top

Souvenir Build | ages 6+ | Offered to Camps

Starting at age six, girls can participate in a one-hour class, learning some basic woodworking skills and the safe use of power tools. The girls will use the following tools to build a shaker peg board: A palm sander, a cordless drill, a drill press, a branding iron and a hammer. Girls at Work, Inc. will run as many as eight one-hour classes per day, with a maximum of 10 girls per class. Each girl will have a completed project to take home. Minimum 60 girls. Maximum 100 girls. All materials are included.

sm_img_4771Give back Build | Offered to Camps & Organizations

If your camp (or organization) would like to build a structure or project for your site, Girls at Work, Inc. can customize the building project to accomplish your organization’s goal, while simultaneously empowering your campers as they build it. Past projects have included: Bookcases, window boxes, benches, birdhouses, planters, picnic tables, raised beds, tennis walls and entire sheds. Just let us know how many girls you would like to have participate in the project and what kind of project you want them to complete. Larger projects are likely to take multiple days, depending on the complexity of the project and how many girls will participate. Girls at Work, Inc. will work with you to plan the best schedule and participant level to ensure that the project is a success for the organization and the girls. Numbers of participants will vary depending on the project. Materials not included.

Fundraising Build | Great for Teens | Offered to Camps & Organizations

During one recent fundraising build, teen girls built several Adirondack chairs which were then painted by local artists and later auctioned off at a fundraiser for the girls’ teen center. These builders were very proud to help raise funds for an organization that had given them so much, and they were also empowered through the process of learning to build using power tools. Everyone benefited! Number of participants: Minimum eight, maximum 12. Materials not included.
Back to Top

Camp Staff or Team Development Build (Gender Neutral)

This program is an excellent team-builder for your summer camp staff and you. You will learn about each of them as individuals as you watch them build together. It offers a great opportunity to observe their strengths and vulnerabilities while they bond as a team and work together toward a common goal. As an added bonus, your camp or organization will have some wonderful new picnic tables to use over the summer! This build is open to both male and female staff members. Number of participants: Minimum 12, maximum 24.
Materials not included. Pricing varies so please Email [email protected] to discuss pricing.

Note: No previous woodworking experience is required. The hands-on approach of Girls at Work, Inc. should enable you to better understand the challenges and frustrations you may encounter with your campers and how best to handle them.

Back to Top

Sample Projects

The girls in our programs accomplish amazing things – from developing their “internal” power tools to hand-crafting great things with wood. Below are a few samples of completed woodworking projects from our programs. Participants in our upcoming programs can look forward to building projects like these!
Back to Top