ENTERING GRADE 8
Session 1: June 27 to July 6 (10 days, 9 nights) *5 Spots Left*
Session 2: July 9 to July 18 (10 days, 9 nights) *Waitlist*
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If a session is full, please note that applying to the waitlist is free. At this point, everyone on the waitlist is likely to move into the program.
A Summer Camp Like No Other
At Girls Leadership we define leadership as knowing who you are, what you believe, and being able to express your beliefs effectively to influence others. We see girls’ everyday relationships with friends, family, and peers as leadership opportunities. Leadership isn’t reserved for those few individuals who land in formal roles, such as team captain, or class president, but is a way of life that every girl can live every day. Our goal is to equip every girl with the courage, skills, and community to exercise the power of her voice. At camp, we focus on building self-confidence, community, and interpersonal communication skills.
Rising eighth grade girls are the oldest girls in the session, the leaders of our exceptional community. Girls examine the messages they receive about what kind of girl they “should” be, explore their relationships with their friends, and identify their personal value system to guide them through 8th grade. Girls explore personal identity, diversity, and community, build empathy, to better understand who they are, what they believe, and how they can create meaningful change in their relationships and stay true to themselves.
Girls leave the 8th grade program with a skills booklet to reference throughout the year, an arts piece or memory token from their arts project, and a sterling silver heart piece charm to symbolize the importance of knowing yourself and accepting yourself as the foundation to connecting with others and making change in the world.
Dates and Tuition
Session 1: June 27 to July 6 (10 days, 9 nights)
Session 2: July 9 to July 18 (10 days, 9 nights)
$2,800+ $50 application fee
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.
Girls in our eighth grade summer program girls learn to practice having control of their world — that world might be family, online conversations with classmates, or a disagreement with a teacher. They do this through increasing self-awareness and social-awareness, building community and relationship skills, and taking action when necessary. In eighth grade it is easy to feel like you don’t have control yet, but at Girls Leadership we teach girls that they have opportunities every day to take action, have a voice, and make change happen.
At the start of the session, each girl chooses a creative project. Guided by professional teaching counselors, 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.
Girls test themselves with real challenges that could include a visit to a high and low ropes course. Other fun events include beach or pool day, spoken word poetry slams, and a movie night. 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, Dance, Collaging, Theatre, Photography, Solo Performance, Mask Making
- Move Your Body – Every day campers will get moving through a nature walk, capture the flag, soccer, stretching, yoga, dance, etc.
- Evening Activity – Evenings are 100% fun! Activities include game show night, scavenger hunt, mask making, jewelry making, egg drop, project runway, 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!