On June 14, the ABC Keystone Chapter welcomed 12 girls from surrounding school districts to its facility to learn about blueprints, the construction process and safety at a week-long summer program called the All ‘Bout Construction (ABC) Girls Camp. The first of its kind at the chapter, the camp allowed girls to meet women who work in the industry and visit a series of jobsites. They even got a chance to build and take home their own multi-trade, steampunk-themed lighted charging station using their own set of tools from Klein and ABC strategic partner Milwaukee Tool.

“As we focus our attention on inclusion, diversity and equality, we really wanted the focal point of our inaugural camp to be females from ages 14 to 19,” said Stephanie Larkin, ABC Keystone’s vice president of education, safety and workforce development. “We’re always looking for new ways to share our industry with the next generation.”

The camp, which was funded by the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, is one of the many ways the Keystone Chapter provides outreach to its 11-county footprint. Next year, they hope to expand the camp to a larger region so more girls can learn about the construction industry.