Overnight Summer Program FAQ’s

Where is Girls Leadership’s Summer Program located?

Girl’s Leadership’s Residential Summer Program is located on the beautiful campus of Mt. Holyoke college – a historic women’s college in the heart of lovely South Hadley, Massachusetts.

What will my girl’s housing be like?

During the Summer Program, your girl will live in the Mt. Holyoke dorms. She will share a room with 1 or 2 girls her age. Several counselors are assigned to each floor of the dorms.Dorm Life 2015

What is the food like?

Girls rave about our food! It is one of the reasons that we chose Mount Holyoke College as a host. At every meal there will be lots of healthy, nourishing options to meet your girl’s tastes and any possible dietary restrictions whether she is vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free etc. Your girl will always have an abundance of choice at every meal.

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What will her daily schedule be like?

While no day is ever quite the same, we do have sample schedules for each of the different grade groups. We encourage you to visit the section corresponding to your girl’s grade to learn more about what a “typical” day in the life at Summer Program looks like.

Will she be able to bring her cell phone?

Your girl should bring her phone, but she won’t be able to use it. We keep all phones except for one hour, when all girls call home. We’ve had this policy for over 14 years and while it gets harder for many of us to let go of our phones, we find it is more important than ever to un-plug, let go of counting likes, and re-connect to how amazing friendships can be when you aren’t distracted by technology.

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Can I visit?

We don’t allow for any parent or guardian visits for the ten days or 15 days that she’s with us. If anything is ever a concern, we’ll call you. And if you ever want a report, even one for no reason, feel free to give us a call.

Can I write?

Of course! We love snail mail! What is better than rediscovering the old stamp and envelope? And we’ve given plenty of workshops to girls on how to address an envelope!

My girl lives far away from Massachusetts. Do you ever have girls fly to your program?

Absolutely! In fact, because we have quite a large group of girls who come to Girls Leadership’s Summer Program from across the country (20% from CA alone!), “plane pools” – groups of girls flying to our Summer Program together – might be an option you would like to explore if you and your girl live far away from the Summer Program. For more information on this, please contact Cora.

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How many counselors are there? What are the counselors like?

At Girls Leadership we have a counselor to camper ratio of 1:4, meaning that we have about 23 highly-trained, wonderful, warm counselors on campus at any given moment. To learn more about what our counselors are like, we encourage you to read more about our Summer Program Staff.

My girl has never been to sleep-away camp before. Is she ready for Girls Leadership’s Summer Program?

Going away to a sleep-away camp for the first time is a big step. With our professional staff, small staff to camper ratio, and curriculum focused on confidence, resilience and independence — there couldn’t be a better first camp away from home. That being said, not everyone is ready for ten days or 15 days. To know if your girl is ready, reflect on her other trips away with family, sleep-overs, or at school.