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Construction camp for girls a big hit

Girls got experience in plumbing, electric, HVAC.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - More than a dozen middle and high school age girls got the chance to learn all about construction this week in Allentown.

This marked the second year for the camp that aims to get more girls interested in the industry.

There's an old saying the nail that sticks out gets hammered down well now the 21 young ladies who attended Let's Build Construction Camp For Girls now know how to beat them down.

"Meeting the girls that are willing to break a nail and do what they need to do was really fun," says Jaclyn Gluck.

The 15-year-old Quakertown native goes to Upper Bucks Tech School for carpentry and says she was told to come to the construction camp to help renew her skills.

"I learned a lot more than I do at tech," says Gluck.

"Right from the beginning they have ownership of why they want to be here," says Camp Director Scott Didra.

Didra discussed the idea of running an all-girls construction camp with a friend two years ago.

"When they flick that switch and the light goes on, their face lights up a lot brighter than that light bulb," says Didra.

The girls got hands-on experience in plumbing, electric, heating and air conditioning and took field trips to see professionals in action.

“To get women in the field, it'll get people that don't think they can do it but they really can do it," says Didra.

15-year-old Olivia Chase from Lower Macungie says with her dad working in construction, she's always been curious about the field.

"I didn't know too much about the specialties," says Chase. "I think I'll come back again next year because this was such a great experience."

Camp wrapped up Friday with a Nailing Competition which Gluck and Chase hit it right on the head helping lead their team to a win and the golden hammer.

"When I first came here, I wasn't that great at nailing and then you can definitely see how I improved," says Chase.

"We weren't really practicing the nailing as much but the little we did helped a lot," says Gluck.

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