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 child's schedule is finalized and distributed on the first day of camp, there will be no schedule changes.

Upper Electives

List of 7 items.

  • Athletics

    Experience this fun game with birdies! Daily practice in volleying, serving, and scoring. Enjoy friendly competition and teamwork with doubles play.

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

    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.

    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.

    Bring your racket and learn new skills on the court.

    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.
  • Computer Science

    Interested in learning how to build your own website? This elective is for you! Over one week's time you'll learn how to format and customize your own one-page website!
  • 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.
    Think of this as your real-life Pinterest board! Looking to bring an idea to life? Do you want to visualize what the next year could bring? Girls will merge mindfulness, creativity, and goal-setting in this hands-on collaging elective.
    Where sustainability and fashion design collide! Take clothing that could use a refresh and discover how you can make them look and feel like new.
  • 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

    Journalism and Civic Engagement
    More than Newspaper, this elective encourages the big questions surrounding informed writing, debate, inquiry, and analysis. This elevated class will contribute to the GirlSummer Gazette.

    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 inner workings 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.

    Marine Biology
    Dive deep into discovering the complexities of ocean and marine life.

    Motion! Friction! Electricity! Put on your lab coat and get ready for science experiments that will rock your world.
    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.
  • 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.
    The Mindful Hour
    An hour to explore the many ways that we can slow down and appreciate what is in front of us through meditation, mindful activities, and games.
    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.
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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. 

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