Summer Day

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

List of 6 items.

  • Athletics

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

    Gym Games
    Come join us for organized group games! You will participate in a variety of team-building activities and skill-focused exercises in the gym and outside. This is an excellent class for all ages and abilities.

    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 (Independent 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.

    The girls receive instruction in fundamental volleyball skills and game strategies. Practice sessions and mini competitions will be used to develop essential volleyball skills. Learn to bump, set, spike, and serve.
  • Visual Arts

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

    Craft Workshop
    Engage in a variety of hands-on projects including jewelry making, collaging, basic clay work, and other fun experiences.

    Drawing and Painting
    Girls learn technique and work to develop skills and abilities as they complete a variety of projects.
    Kite Making
    Get ready to take flight. The right materials and the right design come together in this elective. Be ready to design, build, and fly your own kite.
    Explore the art of papermaking and paper folding by learning to make flowers, animals, stars, and more!
  • Performing Arts

    Dance – Movement in Space
    This non-performance based dance class will encourage girls to explore moving to music through dance-based games and light choreography. Beginner, intermediate, and experienced dancers will all enjoy this 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 - Improv Games
    Come experience the major elements of theater in a relaxed atmosphere! Girls will learn to express themselves through voice and movement, while participating in activities such as script-writing and improvisation.
  • 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!

    Women Sheroes (She-Heroes) in History
    Who are the women who have shaped history? This elective is for anyone looking to expand their understanding of historical events and the important, daring roles women have played. We call these women “sheroes” for a reason!
  • STEM

    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.

    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.

    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.

    A deep dive into the animal kingdom! Learn more about what makes your favorite animals tick.
  • 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.

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

Program Information

Type: Day

Ages: Rising 2nd - 9th graders

Cost: $375 - one week session (Session 1 and 3) | $300 (Session 2)
Early bird rate (Session 1 and 3): $350 (register by March 1, 2022)

1 Week Session 1: June 27-July 1, 2022
1 Week Session 2: July 5-8, 2022 (4 days due to July 4th holiday)
1 Week Session 3: July 11-15, 2022

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.
285 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 | P: 518.833.1300 F: 518.833.1815
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).