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

    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 soccer 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.

    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.
    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.
    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.

    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.
  • Crafts

    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.
    Beads Bananza
    Interested in making your very own jewelry? Get crafty with different beading 
    materials and create something one-of-a-kind!
  • Performing Arts

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

    Dance - Jazz
    Jazz it up with dancers of all levels in this 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!
    Music - Singing and Songwriting
    Are you interested in the art of music? This is the elective for you! Learn how to make a song from scratch with your fellow campers and perform as a group!
  • 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.

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

    Living Museum
    Take a walk through history with your friends in this elective. Learn how to encapsulate a significant person of your choosing by diving deep into who they are and what they did.
  • 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.
    Computer Science
    Interested in how the worlds of science, math, and technology come together behind your screen? This elective covers the basics of how to code and use computer programming softwares.
  • 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.
    Mock Trial Debate
    Do you like to argue? This elective dives into the basics of how to have a strong argument and carry yourself in any debate. 


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.
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).