Summer Camp: Stand Up! Speak Out!®



Stand Up! Speak Out!® Summer Camp

A Fun Summer Camp that Fosters Empowerment, Creativity and Friendship Skills!

Come join us for five fun-filled days of outdoor games, skits, art projects, planting, mindfulness activities and more!

This summer, we’re thrilled to be partnering with Descanso Gardens – and offering both sessions of our Stand Up! Speak Out!® Summer Camp in Descanso’s beautiful Harvest Gardens!  The Harvest Gardens are a lush, private space filled with mature trees, raised beds for planting, outdoor education areas, fruit trees we can harvest, and more. We’re so excited to offer our friendship-oriented camp in this beautiful space!

Your child will learn skills to help maintain healthy friendships, use assertiveness with compassion, and approach challenges with confidence.  Activities include scavenger hunts, planting succulents, exploring Descanso’s beautiful paths and waterfalls, skits, and more.  They’ll have fun, get creative, make new friends, enjoy nature, and learn important skills for life!


Join us for one of these 2023 sessions!

Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st

Monday, July 24th – Friday, July 28th


9am – 1pm each day, plus an Open House for parents from 1pm to 1:45pm on Friday


Rising 3rd – 5th graders


Descanso Gardens Outdoor Education Space: The Harvest Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011


Included in your child’s summer camp is a Wednesday evening (6:30pm – 7:30pm) online parent presentation by our CEO, Dr. Melissa Johnson – Cliques, Conflicts, and Connections: Helping Your Daughter Navigate Her Social World. This evening component of our summer program gives parents the opportunity to connect and learn strategies to best support their children.

Also included is our Stand Up! Speak Out! Open House Celebration at the conclusion of camp.

Why do parents register their children for Stand Up! Speak Out!® Summer Camp?

Some parents are simply looking for a fun outdoor summer activity, some hope their children will build confidence and make new friends, and others are excited for them to learn how to manage big feelings, tackle challenges, and communicate more effectively.

Some have heard of the Institute from friends who’ve been with us for years; others find us on their own and are thrilled to learn a resource like the Institute exists in the Pasadena area.

Each parent’s story is unique. We love to talk to parents and learn their stories, and then we to get to know their children even better during our week together. With Stand Up! Speak Out!®, we’ve designed a program to foster the skills our children need – confidence, camaraderie, creativity, and compassion. And we’ve made it super fun because that’s also what kids need. (Don’t we all, really?)

The most rewarding part is seeing the kids shine – laughing with new friends, using brave talk to share in front of the group, performing in skits, or tapping into their creative spirits making art projects.

Reach out to us with any questions!

We hope your child will join us!  Please contact Paige Hobey at or at (626) 585-8075, ext. 121 with any questions. We’d love to chat with you about your child and share more details with you over the phone.


The camp fee includes a Stand Up! Speak Out!® Summer Camp t-shirt, all materials for arts and craft projects, five days in Descanso Gardens facilitated by our experienced team, and the online parent talk led by our CEO, Dr. Melissa Johnson.

  • $580 until June 1 – We want our camps to be available to everyone; please email us at to learn about our partial scholarships!
  • $595 after June 1
  • Plus, a $15 bring-a-friend discount!


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