The Vision

GRRRL Camp empowers girls to realize their full potential through sports, dance, self-defense, health education, and social justice education. The camp facilitates the creation of a network of powerful girls who are self-confident and support each other in a world which, even while giving them equality under law, has a ways to go in its attitudes towards girls, their worth, and their abilities. Our participants inspire each other to fight beauty standards, attitudes, and assumptions the media has set up.

GRRRL Camp focuses on the struggles of middle school girls who at the highest risk of experiencing the most dramatic self-esteem drop of their lives. The organization also supplements the physical education they receive/don't receive during the school year so that participants are the healthiest they can possibly be, starting with their bodies.


About the Founder 


GRRRL Camp Founder and Co-Director, Elizabeth Labedz, is a life-long sports and girl empowerment enthusiast.  After competing in the team handball Junior Olympics, playing 8 years of fast pitch softball, and competing in golf and basketball, she uncovered the lasting benefits of playing sports as a girl.  Earning her Gender studies degree from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign taught her more about the status of girls today, and she was inspired to share her powerful sports experience.  After 12 years of working with youth, she founded GRRRL Camp to solidify the life lessons learned from sports, and to lead other workshops for today's girls.  

Elizabeth is a Program Coordinator for Playworks Minnesota during the school year and coordinates camp in Minneapolis during the summer.  She is also earning her Master's degree from the University of Minnesota, focusing on youth development and girl empowerment.  Contact her at!