Entering Grade 7
Session 1: June 29 – July 8 (10 days, 9 nights) *Waitlist*
Session 2: July 10 – July 19 (10 days, 9 nights) *Full*
Applying to the waitlist is free, and we’ve usually been able to move waitlist applicants forward.
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Please contact us if you would like to be connected to an alumni family.
A Summer Camp Like No Other
In the seventh grade program, girls get to have all the fun of a summer program (amazing friendships, scavenger hunts, swimming, etc.) while learning the skills to manage their middle school years with grace and courage. Our grade seven girls learn the art and science of how girls relate to one another. They explore personal identity and community to better understand who they are, what they believe, and how they can create meaningful change in their relationships. Girls depart from a Girls Leadership summer with some of the best friendships of their lives, and the tools to seek out and nourish real friendships back home.
Girls leave the 7th grade program with a skills booklet to reference throughout the year, an arts piece or memory token from their arts projects, and a sterling silver compass charm to symbolize the challenge and opportunity of finding your own direction.
Dates and Tuition
Session 1: June 29 – July 8 (10 days, 9 nights) $2,700
Session 2: July 10 – July 19 (10 days, 9 nights) $2,700
Life at Girls Leadership
For many girls, this is the first long stay away from home. Building a safe and rewarding community is our number one priority. Our summer residential staff are like older sisters: they live on the hall with girls and shepherd them through the program days, from morning wake-up and mealtime, to letter writing and bedtime dance parties. Every girl belongs to a close-knit advisory group where she can share her thoughts, connect to other girls and staff, or just brainstorm their act for skit night.
What is the “ Girls Leadership magic”? It’s what allows girls to take risks that they never thought possible and to build stronger friendships than they’ve ever known. What does the Girls Leadership magic look like? It is 40 screaming girls, covered in face paint, playing kickball. It is you cheering for every single girl at bat and then watching each girl start to cheer for others. It’s being part of a group sing along (when you can’t carry a tune) . It’s acknowledging and being supported around your real emotions, just when you thought no one was listening. It’s about taking risks and being your real self in order to inspire all girls the permission to do the same.
Girls explore personal identity to increase their self-awareness, diversity to increase their social-awareness, and relationship skills to build community and friendships that are meaningful to them. Our seventh grade program teaches girls to recognize and take advantage of the hundreds of choices we have the power to make everyday, choices like who to trust, when to speak up, where to sit at lunch, what to do with a difficult friendship, what to do when you are caught in the middle of two good friends, or how to know if you should choose savory or sweet when facing a snack option.
Middle school is a time when girls feel pressure to conform in order to belong. In an effort to be liked and please others, some girls lose their sense of self, especially the silliness that is a source of strength, originality and creativity. In all our workshops and morning games, Girls Leadership girls practice letting go of fear, taking risks, and connecting with how great it feels to trust yourself. Girls leave our summer program with new personal leadership skills to take back to their home community, but, best of all, they leave with a heightened sense of self worth and the experience of being loved for who they truly are.
At the start of the session, each girl chooses a creative project. Guided by professional teaching artists, girls play, improvise and create unique works of art. Past projects include: photography, theater and improvisation, recycled art, puppetry, clowning, visual journals, yoga & creative writing and more. Summer project choices change each summer, depending on current staff expertise.
Fun events include a beach or pool day, spoken word poetry slams, and a movie night. We also love the Fourth of July! From tie dye activities, face painting and BBQs, summer doesn’t get better than this!
- Games like Whoosh!, Zip, Zap, Zop, Bop and Yes! (Trust us, it’s fun.)
- Morning workshops – Here is where you learn the Girls Leadership skills during these fun interactive sessions
- Free time
- Advisory – Small group discussions
- Projects – Pick your art project! Past projects have included: Creative Writing & Yoga, Step, Improv, Devising, Photography, Solo Performance, Recycled Art
- Wellness – Every day there are two choices. If it’s hot, we head to the pool. Other choices might include oversized soccer ball games, disc golf, fitness challenge, love ball, ultimate, volleyball, yoga, forest walk and Olympiad!
- Evening Activity – Evenings are 100% fun! Activities include game show night, scavenger hunt, mask making, jewelry making, egg drop, fractured fairytales, and much more.
- Love Notes – An adored Girls Leadership tradition, Love Notes is the time where we gather in the hall, dance to GL playlists, and write notes to girls who made our day!