ENTERING GRADE 8
Session 1: June 29 – July 8 (10 days, 9 nights) *Waitlist*
Session 2: July 10 – July 19 (10 days, 9 nights) *Waitlist*
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
Rising eighth grade girls are the oldest girls in the session, the leaders of our exceptional community, and the ones leading the charge from costumes at evening activity, to Girls Leadership dance party! When the girls are getting ready for grade eight, we get real. We talk about magazines, movies, music videos, social media, body image, family, boys, school, food, clothes—everything. Girls examine the messages they receive about what kind of girl they “should” be, determine who creates those messages and explore why those messages exist. 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 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 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.
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.
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 & 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!