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 welding, learning how to change a tire (and the oil in her car), how to build things using power tools, and automotive technology – 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.
July 19-August 2
After May 4
Tosha Burnie-Grimmer, Director
Before May 4
Wendy Pattison, Director of International Admissions