Summer Day

Upper Explorer

GirlSummer (Upper) Explorer

All girls, entering 7th through 9th grade, enjoy a personalized day of electives. With courses in athletics, the visual arts, language and writing, STEM, and deeper dives into elevated electives, there is  ample opportunity to explore new interests and take on a new challenge with new friends.

Once your daughter’s schedule is finalized and distributed on the first day of camp, there will be no schedule changes. This is to ensure that we are maintaining proper social distance guidelines and keeping the health and wellbeing of our camp community as a top priority. 

Upper Electives

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  • 2-Hour Intensive Electives

    The following electives will be offered to rising 7th-9th graders as a two-hour afternoon intensive.  By selecting this elective in your Activity Preference form you agree to participate in the full two-hour elective.

    A World of Change
    Interested in social justice, environmental sustainability, and global issues? Learn how you can take that interest and turn it into action.

    Protecting the Planet
    Interested in how the worlds of science, math, and technology come together in the real world? This elective dives into relevant global issues such as climate change and water quality to examine how these changes happen and what can be done to protect our planet.
  • Athletics

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

    Sports Conditioning
    Work hard, play hard, and get ready for your next competitive season with a variety of activities such as running, spinning, aqua jogging, strength training, and stretching. Girls enjoy scavenger hunts, relay races, and other games that make fun and friendship a part of training. This program is ideal for girls training for a fall sport or beginning athletes looking to explore fitness and develop a love for exercise. The Sports Conditioning program is a double elective and is led by Erin Hatton, Emma Willard's head cross country coach and Division I collegiate Nordic skier.

    Swimming (Open Swim)
    Girls have the opportunity to cool off and participate in this fun Open 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.
  • Visual Arts

    Drawing and Painting
    Girls learn technique and work to develop skills and abilities as they complete a variety of projects.

    Mixed Media
    This art experience offers the chance to explore and blend various art media. A mixed-media approach is used to allow freedom of expression.
  • Performing Arts

    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, rehearsing and developing a particular song to perform.
  • Reading/Writing

    Why are podcasts so popular, accessible, and fun? How do the interviewers keep the pace so listeners are hungry for each new episode? Discover the innerworkings of creating a podcast and be ready to launch a group podcast focused on your GirlSummer experience.

    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

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

    Forensic Science
    It’s all in the details when trying to uncover the who, what, when, where, and why. Join if you are eager to be part of this investigative team as clues and physical evidence of a crime (fabricated!) are analyzed.

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

Program Information

Type: Day

Ages: Rising 2nd - 9th graders

Cost: $375 - one week session
Early bird rate: $350 (register by April 1, 2021)

1 Week Session 1: June 28-July 2, 2021
1 Week Session 2: July 5-9, 2021
1 Week Session 3: July 12-16, 2021

Arrival/sign-in: 8:30–8:45 a.m.
(Students are welcome to arrive as early as 8:30 a.m.)
Sign-out/dismissal: 3:00-3:30 p.m.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to comply with state guidelines we will not be offering before-care or after-care for this year. 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
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).

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.