Overnight Summer Program FAQ’s


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What is the food like?

At every meal, there will be delicious, healthy food including vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options. This program is peanut-free. If your girl has other dietary needs or health conditions, please contact us to learn more.

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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 corresponding grade section of our website to learn more about what a “typical” day in the life at Summer Program looks like.

What is the cell phone policy?

We store all phones and internet-connected devices and provide them for the one call midway through the session. Phones are returned when all participants call home. We’ve had this policy for since 2001 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 in person.

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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?

My girl lives far away from California. 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.


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

We have a counselor to participant ratio of 1:8, meaning that we have 11 highly-trained, wonderful, warm staff on campus at any given moment. To learn more about what our staff are like, we encourage you to read their bios our website as the program draws near.

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 program for the first time is a big step. With our professional staff, small staff to participant ratio, and curriculum focused on confidence, resilience, and independence — there couldn’t be a better first program away from home. That being said, not everyone is ready for 10 or 15 days. To know if your girl is ready, reflect on her other trips away with family, sleep-overs, or at school.