Emma Willard School is the first school in New York State to offer the Rosie’s Girls summer program.
Rosie’s Girls, a summer boarding and day camp offers 7th- to 9th-grade girls instruction in carpentry and other non-traditional trades. 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, girls will learn carpentry, mechanics, masonry, auto technology plus arts and creativity.
Imagine a summer spent learning how to change a tire (and the oil in her car), how to build things using power tools, and basic shop safety skills – along with traditional camp activities like the arts and sports.
“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 entering 7th through 9th grades that encourages participants to develop and strengthen their capacities and confidence and helps them expand their perception of the range of educational and career options that are attainable in an atmosphere that is fun, supportive and positive.
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, 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!
Arts and Creative Expression
Express yourself! Arts activities give campers the chance to express themselves in a variety of media.
A Girl’s World
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 be.
Four or Two-week Programs
4-week session: July 11 – August 8, 2015
2-week Session 1: July 11- July 25, 2015
2-week Session 2: July 26- August 8, 2015
The program combines Emma Willard’s focused individualized study in the classroom with engaging activities extending beyond the campus. Throughout their stay, the all-girls environment at Emma Willard School creates a safe and comfortable place to learn and grow.
Boarding participants live on our historic campus together with residential faculty members and current Emma students as well as girls from around the world staying as part of our international language program. Evenings are filled with hall activities and local outings that quickly create a feeling of community. In the afternoons and on weekends, girls will be able to experience many cultural and recreational activities both on campus and in the Capital Region as well as day trips to Boston and New York City.
Before June 1
Wendy Pattison, Director of International/Summer Admissions
After June 1
Andy Gyves, Director of Summer Programs