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Give Her Camp, Inc. is Campowerment's non-profit partner, dedicated to expanding access to the life learning that its community provides. Scroll for s'more details on how the scholarship process adds another beautiful layer to the regenerative relationships formed within camp's gates.

Campowerment’s 501(c)(3) partner Give Her Camp, Inc. (FEIN: 81-1407528) provides Classic Camp scholarships to extraordinary women to take next steps on their journey through personal, professional and/or spiritual growth and development. 

Funded by members of the Campowerment community and brand partners, with all overhead donated by the Campowerment Crew, Give Her Camp is a labor of love that’s bridged an opportunity gap for more than 85 women to become re-empowered since 2016.

Scholarship Criteria

GIVE HER CAMP ELEVATES WOMEN* WHO…

  • || Are kind, optimistic and driven by purpose
  • || Are already on a journey of self-growth
  • || Are committed to sharing what they glean from camp to help others in their community
  • || Bring a diversity of experience, race or ethnicity
  • || Without scholarship, would not otherwise be able to afford this program
*We intend for the term “women” to include any who identify with the feminine experience

 

 

History

IT ALL STARTED WITH “THE Bug Juice BitchezZzZ”

Once upon a time a group of strangers came to Campowerment and left with an inextricable bond…and an affiliation to a group of camp friends that quickly came to be known as the “Bug Juice BitchezZzZ.” (BJBs) Among them: a woman named Rocky Lima, who had just completed a successful round of cancer treatment and celebrating life at retreat that inspired even more aliveness.

The BJBs were the campers that, in full disclosure, first proved to us that we were in the right business. 

The Bitchezzzz came to Campowerment, as so many do, as strangers, each flying solo. When they left four days later, they were soul sisters, ready to re-assemble as cheerleaders, cross-generational mentors, and absolute lifelines for one another. 

While they love to tell us that Campowerment did that for them, we know better. Campowerment gave them the space, sure, but all that love & friendship: they did that. They planned the reunions that sent them running from multiple states; they wrote the ‘Heyyy, Bitchezzz,’ emails that kept the positivity alive; they created and all chipped in to a scholarship fund to pay it forward and send other women to Campowerment; they planned the conference calls to wish Rocky strength and spirit when her cancer came back and kept them out of the hospital room; and they were gracious enough to let us be a part of it all.

It was with extremely heavy hearts that, alongside the Bug Juice Bitchezzz, who drove from all ends of California to Rocky’s bedside, on September 3, 2015, we said goodbye to a woman who made us laugh through tears and cry from laughter (’til we peed. Yes, that happened.).

Let’s rewind: In early 2014, two years before we launched the non-profit that now is Give Her Camp, Rocky and another bunkmate rallied the Bug Juice Bitchezzz to launch the first (camper-run) scholarship process, pooling resources to support inspirational women who otherwise wouldn’t be able to send themselves to Campowerment.

Each who contributed funds got to nominate a woman they thought was a force to be reckoned with, a source of inspiration and/or a pillar of philanthropy in her respective community. We worked with them to offer matching, so for every (unofficial) scholarship they funded, we provided another, for them to fulfill.

It was awesome, and the BJBs were proud. (So were we!) And today, with Give Her Camp growing and developing, running as an official 501(c)(3) since 2016, we’re able to honor of many, many people, but first: Rocky, who had the vision to give from her most empowered place.

We know that, as this is life, we will love and we will lose and we will love more and we will lose. And that sucks. But the Earth will spin and the flowers will bloom, and so will the friendships that take root at the happy place we hope to offer to so many women. And for everyone who takes the risk of loving so big despite inevitable loss somewhere down the line, life will go on, except more enriched, re-ignited, with the best people by their side throughout the journey.

We are committed, in that spirit, to continue offering a conduit for empowered people to empower women, so, together, in Rocky’s memory, we will continue to Give Her Camp.

Scholarship FAQ
We're Often Asked...
  • Is my donation tax-deductible?

    Sure is! As a 501(c)(3), Give Her Camp is registered as a nonprofit entity (FEIN: 81-1407528). Should you choose to donate, the gals at Give Her Camp will send you a downloadable form you may submit to the IRS.

  • To what is my donation applied?

    An extraordinary woman’s life-affirming weekend at a Campowerment Classic Camp, with small stipends reserved for travel support for the nominees that require it. Less than 1% of Give Her Camp’s costs are allocated to anything outside of that, as all services (outside of gov’t filings, legal and accounting) are rendered pro-bono.

  • What is required of a scholarship recipient?

    With the acceptance of a scholarship, every nominee agrees to share the story of how/why she was chosen AND the story of her experience at camp with the community at-large. This means she’s game to write a blog post, be video-interviewed and provide testimonials to be featured in the organization’s media (videos, pictures, website, etc.).

  • When do you pick who will be granted a scholarship?

    Give Her Camp’s board of directors reviews and deliberates on scholarship nominations on a rolling basis. Scholarship recipients are notified no later than August of each year, and we recommend soft-holding dates until then! If your application or nomination does not lead to a scholarship for your nominee/applicant, you will be notified along the same schedule.

  • How do you choose who will be granted a scholarship?

    Give Her Camp’s board of directors — comprised of power players in women’s empowerment, international media, fundraising in education, technology consulting and entertainment — meets quarterly to review the nominees’ stories and vote on who will become scholarship recipients for upcoming Classic Camps. We do so thoughtfully and in full consideration of all nominations/applications, anonymized, relative to scholarship criteria.

  • Can I direct my donation towards one recipient?

    If you’re looking to sponsor a specific camper, full sponsorship opportunities do exist. Reach out to info@campowerment.com to inquire.

  • What are the qualities of an ideal scholarship recipient?

    Give Her Camp elevates women who..

    • || Are kind, optimistic and driven by purpose
    • || Are already on a journey of self-growth
    • || Are committed to sharing what they glean from camp to help others in their community
    • || Bring a diversity of experience, race or ethnicity
    • || Without scholarship, would not otherwise be able to afford this program
    *We intend for the term “women” to include any who identify with the feminine experience
  • How do I nominate someone/apply for a scholarship to a Campowerment’s Classic Camp?

    You can nominate someone and/or apply for a scholarship via Give Her Camp, here.

  • Who goes to Campowerment’s retreats for women?

    Our campers range in age from 21* to 83 (for real) and they take planes, trains & automobiles from all ends of the globe (U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand). About 45% of them are repeat campers; 55% are first-timers.

    Some are top Hollywood executives; others recent college grads; USPS employees; entrepreneurs; police officers; thrill-seekers; full-time moms; first-time managers; bloggers and beyond.

    Actually, it’s kind of the best networking on the planet: because nobody** is allowed to say what she does for a living for the first 24 hours, so we get real personal, real quick! Will you fit in? Yes: promise.

    *All campers must be 21 of age or older
    **Except the experts

Way-Fun Fact #18
When you come to Campowerment solo, we bunk you with others who do the same. Coming with bunk mates? That works too. Party on.
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