This summer camp has the right idea.
An initiative by Rosie's Girls, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Trades exploration program for middle school girls is making summertime more educational and empowering.
The program operates in several states nationwide and takes middle school girls on a journey that includes both manual and emotional work (riveting, swimming, self-defense etc) inculcating newer skills as well as self-confidence in them.
The idea comes from the camp's namesake: feminist icon Rosie the Riveter, the fictional World War II icon who represented the women who went to work in the shipyards and factories to fill shortages while men fought overseas.
The campers are taught survival skills with the aim to ensure that youngsters learn to take care of themselves and can become self-sufficient human beings irrespective of their gender.
"The camp has really taught me that I can do anything a boy can do, and maybe I can even do it better,'' a young camper said in an interview with the Today show.
"I feel better now that I started opening up to people. The most important thing I learned is to be open and be yourself," says another.