Girls Using Their Strengths (GUTS!) is a unique, community-based leadership and empowerment program designed by and for young women*, ages 9 to 18. GUTS! encourages young women to explore their own personal values and discover their strengths through wilderness adventures in the summer, as well as after-school groups and community service projects during the academic year.
In the face of a culture that sexualizes young girls and places more value on external appearance rather than inner strength, GUTS! provides a safe and supportive environment for girls. Our women staff and volunteers help girls build their confidence, explore important issues, develop strong and healthy relationships, practice their leadership skills, learn about nature, laugh, play, and have FUN!
*Interested participants who identify with girlhood or womanhood are welcome to join GUTS! programs. This includes participants who are transgender or are outside the gender binary and feel that GUTS! could be beneficial or enjoyable to them.
GUTS! turns 20 this year!
We want to celebrate by throwing a celebration for past and current GUTS! participants, volunteers and supporters. Have you participated in GUTS! at some point over the years? If so, we’d love to connect with you. Please complete this quick form so we can get your info and keep you in the loop!