Construction Camp Builds Futures

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 16, 2008 at 9:21 PM EDT

A local camp's turning the classroom into a construction site.

The Youth Construction Academy gives teenagers the tools they need to learn about the construction industry.

Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney shows how its building futures.

These teenagers are learning the in's and out's of home construction.

Instructor Fred Heisler the industry will hire close to a million new people over the next decade.

"It gives us an opportunity to plant the seed. It gives them a chance for a short trial run to see how they like it." says Fred Heisler, Southern Tier Home Builders & Remodelers Association.

A dozen kids are taking part in a week-long camp.

And, some hope to open the field to new directions.

"Most people think this is a guy's work, but it's really not. Girls like to do it too. And girls are actually pretty good at it." says Amanda Blakesle of Binghamton.

"You have a lot more pressure because people expect you to do less than the males, but I think we're really trying to do more." says Ashley Dygert of Binghamton.

Working along side local contractors, the group's constructing two sheds, as well as two park benches.

"The kids say the key to their success is teamwork. It takes three to saw, measure and drill this door."

"You really have to depend on each other, and I think that's the best thing I learned." says Blakesle.

It's more than hands-on training.

They're also learning about designing, pricing, and client contact.

"We built it like from nothing. It's going to feel really good to see it up and people liking it." says Toby Devereaux of Binghamton.

One shed will be donated to the Ross Park Zoo, and another to a local church.

The benches will be given to the City of Binghamton.

In the Town of Dickinson, Julianne Sweeney, WBNG-TV, Action News.

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