Lower Explorer

GirlSummer (Lower) Explorer

Girls entering 2nd through 3rd grade make memories and friendships that last a lifetime at our GirlSummer camp. Participants choose from a range of activities—from Zoology and Soccer to crafts, dance, and much more! 
Once your child's schedule is finalized and distributed on the first day of camp, there will be no schedule changes.

Lower Electives

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  • Athletics

    Girls participate in age-appropriate games while receiving instruction in individual skills such as ball handling, shooting and passing.

    An exciting game that has nothing to do with pickles! Experience daily practice of serving and scoring with an opportunity to play with a teammate.

    Spend time out on the field practicing your skills and making new friends.

    Swimming (Independant Swimming Skills Required)
    Girls have the opportunity to cool off and participate in this fun Swim activity in our aquatic center under the supervision of two Red Cross certified lifeguards. Pool depth: The shallow end is 4 feet and the deep end is 12 feet. Level of Beginning Swimmer is required. A swimming test will be administered on the first day for those enrolled in free swim. Swimmers are required to bring their own towels.
    Enjoy a follow-along dance workout with your friends!
  • Visual Arts

    Drawing and Painting
    Girls learn technique and work to develop skills and abilities as they complete a variety of projects.
    Intro to Clay Making
    Learn how to create unique clay creatures, bowls, and decorations!

  • Crafts

    Bead Shop
    Create art that you're proud to wear! Choosing from more than 100 colors, shapes, and sizes of beads, you will create necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, rings, and more!
  • Performing Arts

    Dance – Hip-Hop
    Dancers of all levels will be encouraged to express themselves in this faster paced dance elective!

    Theater - Broadway Bound
    If you are interested in musical theater, this mix of drama, song and dance is for you! Guided by talented drama and dance instructors, girls will have the chance to work with familiar musical selections and scripts.

    Theater - Stars of Tomorrow
    If you are interested in honing your creative writing talents and bringing a character to life, you have the chance to do so as a star of tomorrow! Bring out that actor inside of you by creating a group skit for the world to see while learning the techniques for stage writing!

  • Reading/Writing

    This hands-on, student-centered, experiential class puts our girls in charge of reporting on life at GirlSummer. Students will spend the first eight days writing, reporting, interviewing, and photographing the big stories of GirlSummer. On the final day of camp, they will distribute the newspaper to everyone. Come and join the GirlSummer newsroom!

    Be ready to visit new countries through virtual travel, food tasting, and story. Passport provided!
  • STEM

    Mix anything interesting lately? Learn how to combine everyday items to create curious concoctions and potions for a variety of uses.

    Motion! Friction! Electricity! Put on your lab coat and get ready for science experiments that will rock your world.

    A deep dive into the animal kingdom! Learn more about what makes your favorite animals tick.
    Galaxy Creators
    Tap into your creative side and create a galaxy to escape to with a group of your fellow campers. Demonstrate to the other groups all that there is to discover in your new world!
  • Adventure/Life Skills

    Challenge Island
    Adventure lovers! Through a series of individual tests and team tests you will figure out ways to achieve results. Can you undo a human knot? What about making your way from one side of the Triangle to the other with just two planks of wood? This elective is all about strategy.

    Care and Keeping of Plants
    Plants can add a brightness to a space and can provide nutrients to living creatures outside. Create your own mini garden sanctuary to take home and brighten up a space that brings you joy.
    Sleuths, Detectives, and Investigators
    Did the butler do it? Use investigative techniques to solve mysteries! Try your hand at fingerprint identification, analysis of clues, and interviewing to solve a whodunit. Offered for girls third grade or older.

Program Information

Type: Day

Ages: Rising 2nd - 9th graders

Cost: $675
Early bird rate: $650 (register by March 1, 2023)

Session I: July 10 - July 21, 2023
Session II: July 24 - August 4, 2023

Arrival/sign-in: 8:00-8:30 a.m.
(Students are welcome to arrive as early as 8:00 a.m.)
Sign-out/dismissal: 3:00-3:30 p.m.

All campers must be picked up between 3:00-3:30 p.m. each day.
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Welcome to Emma Willard School, a private day and boarding high school for girls in Troy, NY, and a leader in girls' education for over 200 years. 

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to campus must check in with Campus Safety, which can be found at the red flag entrance to Sage Hall (Pawling Ave. entrance).