Today we’d like to introduce you to Brianne Hepworth and Erin Colby.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Brianne and Erin. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
We’re two good friends who live down the street from each other (best setup ever). We came up with this crazy idea while we were road biking one day and talking about our kids, We always push our kids to try new things; Go to a new school where they don’t know anyone, try a new activity or sport, learn multiplication tables. And when they look at us with fear and doubt in their eyes, we say “You’ll do great! You’ll have fun!” Our job, after all, is to help our kids grow up: Grow in learning, talents, experiences, in overcoming challenges, in relationships… the list goes on. But we thought, what if we had camps like this for ourselves? We realized there weren’t enough opportunities out there for women that made it easy for them to get out and challenge themselves for a few hours to try something new and adventurous.
We realized we both felt passionate about this concept and decided to go for it.
We started having “business meetings” on surfboards in the water (sometimes surfing, and lots of times talking about ideas, getting distracted, and missing the waves). But those were the best meetings, and we decided that’s where we think best! From those meetings, Mom Camp became a reality. Now, we’re working to host camps for women (not just moms!) where you have the opportunity to do something you wouldn’t normally do, learn a little more about yourself, and connect with other women for the day.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenge we face is the fact that women just don’t feel they deserve to spend a few hours doing something for themselves. Because of that, it sometimes takes a big push to get them to participate in a camp. Almost daily we hear, “that’s such a good idea!” or, “I totally want to do a camp! That sounds like so much fun.” But too often, these same women don’t actually take the plunge and sign up for a camp. Everyone is always too busy or has too much going on. But often, we all forget that making time for ourselves is just as important as all of the other things in our life that make us busy.
As women, we’re really good at caring for people around us. If you think of it as a garden, if we’re spending all of our time watering everyone else’s soil, our own gardens wither. Often, women don’t see that or feel they need (or deserve) that balance. But we’ve learned that just taking one or two short days to work on yourself can bring so much fulfillment to your own life, and subsequently the lives you touch. One of our favorite sayings is, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” Our hope is to help more women see that it’s important to take time for themselves.
Mom Camp – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Mom Camp hosts day camps for busy women. The camps are designed to be a small break to do something for yourself and help fulfill our different needs as women; whether that be trying something new or that you’ve always wanted to do, rekindling an old passion, finding a new hobby, or just getting out and connecting with other women and moms for a few hours.
How it works is this: you get a group of women together (friends, sisters, neighbors, family, etc.), and we organize the camps and create a custom experience for your group based on what you want to do. We create one-day camps, two-day camps, or longer combinations of camps (i.e. surfing in the morning and painting in the evening). Our camps are perfect for girls weekends, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, family reunions, or just a much-needed “mom’s day out.”
We started by hosting surf camps, and have expanded to currently host 5 different camps: surfing, painting, volleyball, tennis and horseback riding.
As much as there are tons of camps out there for kids, there really are no other companies out there that offer these types of camps catered to women. We’re so happy knowing that every woman who has done our camps has walked away feeling fulfilled, and empowered in some way.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of running this business so far has been seeing how rewarding this has been for the women who have done the camps. It’s so fulfilling to see people come into the camps hesitant and unsure of what they can do, and see them push themselves past those limits and comfort zones. We love seeing people learn how amazing it feels to put in the work and rise above those fears or preconceived limitations of what they think they’re capable of. We love giving women the opportunity to connect with other women while they do this, too. It’s always rewarding to see the automatic support system and camaraderie appear when we all try new things together.
We love helping create the platform and opportunity for women to uplift each other and grow personally at the same time!
- Surf camp – $100/day (2 hour camp)
- Painting classes – $40/night (evening camp, 2 hours per evening)
- Tennis camp – $60/day (2 hour camp)
- Horseback riding camp – $100/day (2 hour camp)
- Volleyball camp – $60 (2 hour camp)
- Email: momcampSD@gmail.com
- Instagram: @mom_camp_
- Facebook: facebook.com/momcampsd