Last week, we highlighted a construction summer camp for 7th and 8th graders in Indiana which allowed several young children gain knowledge of different construction trades, as they converted an old shed into a concession stand for their school. We recently learned about another summer camp, aimed at middle and high school females in Tupelo, Mississippi.
The camp, which was created this year, was facilitated through a partnership with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), JESCO Construction Company, and Itawamba Community College. The three day camp had a strong focus on safety, as well as DIY projects such as building a lamp and a wood bench. Rachel Hill, who is a project manager at JESCO and featured in the video below, told DJournal that JESCO is "trying to be involved even more so in the community and help girls grow and see what’s out there for them.” The bench that the group made during the camp will be donated to a local not profit.
This is yet another example of construction companies, and organizations and schools coming together to educate young people on the world of construction. It’s becoming nearly impossible to find a wood shop class in schools these days, so any extra effort these groups can make will prove to be extremely beneficial to the industry as a whole in the future.
What types of learning events for the next generation are you or your company involved in? Tell us in the comments!
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