For those girls who are looking for opportunities to roll up their sleeves – We can do it! Rosie’s Girls is a summer boarding and day camp for girls ages 12-16. Taking its name from Rosie the Riveter, the fictional World War II icon who represented the women who went to work in shipyards and factories to fill shortages while men fought overseas, our Rosie’s Girls explore the skills of carpentry, mechanics, masonry, auto technology, arts, and more! In this summer experience, girls learn to change a tire and the oil in a car, develop an understanding of automotive technology, and learn how to build things using power tools. These learning experiences are combined with traditional camp activities like arts, cultural exploration, and outings to make for a summer of growth and fun. In the summer, the campus is filled with girls from around the world as well as across the United States, taking part in other summer learning experiences at Emma.
“Our hope is to engage adolescent girls in activities that challenge cultural messages about women’s roles in the home and in society,” says Trudy Hall, head of school. “Teachers will instill the idea that girls can be empowered to do anything they wish, beginning at a young age. This is the very same message and mission of Emma Willard School.”
What is Rosie’s Girls?
Rosie’s Girls is a two week summer program for girls ages 12-16 that encourages participants to develop and strengthen their capacities and confidence to engage in thought-provoking activities that examine the messages our society sends about the role that women and girls play in the world. Through these activities, girls are encouraged to explore who they are and what they can become.
What Happens at Rosie’s Girls?
Rosie’s Girls participants have a chance to get their hands dirty, express themselves creatively and explore what the world has to offer them – and what they have to offer the world. Combining hands-on instruction in the skilled trades and technical fields with lots of arts activities and games, the program empowers girls to find their own strength and confidence.
Building and Exploration – The Trades Block
Learn and apply basic carpentry skills including measuring, cutting, and hammering and tool safety. Create projects to take home and use. Explore other educational and career fields that are considered non-traditional careers for women!
The program combines Emma Willard’s focused personalized study in the classroom with engaging activities extending beyond the campus. Students will have opportunities to reinforce their classroom learning through field trips and activities. Similar to campus life during the academic year at Emma, during the summer girls from different cultures come together to learn, live and play. In this global microcosm, the girls broaden their worldview as they learn from each other and build new and lasting friendships.
Rosie’s Girls boarders live on our historic campus with residential faculty members and current Emma students. Evenings are filled with hall activities that quickly create a feeling of community. Spacious common rooms with wireless internet and free laundry services are available and 24-hour security and student supervision ensures students’ safety while they are away from home. Day students may be picked up at 3:30pm or stay until 5pm and participate in group recreation after classes.
Day - $900
Boarding - $2,950
Two 2 week sessions
Boarding student dates:
Session 1: July 11-July 25, 2015
Campus arrival: July 11, 2015, 2:00-4:00pm
Campus departure: July 25, 2015, 2:00-4:00pm
Session 2: July 26-August 8, 2015
Campus arrival: July 26, 2015, 2:00-4:00pm
Campus departure: August 8, 2015, 2:00-4:00pm
Day student dates:
Session 1: M-F, July 13- July 24, 2015 8:30am-3:30pm/5:00pm
Session 2: M-F, July 27-August 7, 2015 8:30am-3:30pm/5:00pm
Non-native English speakers applying for non-ESL programs will need to present a minimum TOEFL of 79. We reserve the right to assess students’ English skills upon arrival and place them in the English Immersion program should their language abilities inhibit their effective participation in/enjoyment of the program of their choice.
Before June 1
Wendy Pattison, Director of International/Summer Admissions
After June 1
Andy Gyves, Director of Summer Programs