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GirlSummer Concludes with Confidence and Celebration

Julie Clancy
GirlSummer Session II finished with a joyful flourish. This last session was a mix of girls taking part in signature programs such as Writer’s Retreat, English Language and Leadership, and Emma Codes, as well as exciting electives such as Mixed Media, Podcast, Advanced Jewelry Design, Basketball, and Jazz.
MId-session, our upper campers were invited to join in a special workshop led by Katlyn Grasso, founder and CEO of GenHERation, an organization focused on the empowerment of girls through entrepreneurship. Fifty-five of our campers took part in this day and a half Saturday workshop completing challenges rooted in the key aspects of entrepreneurship--idea generation, team building, designing, communicating, and marketing. From the Expedia Challenge to the Pizza Hut Challenge, the girls dug into their confidence and creativity to present new ways to travel with pets and reach for familiar foods when celebrating life’s big moments. This workshop proved to be the springboard for many as the ideas have continued to take shape for the remainder of the session.
Our Writer’s Retreat girls completed final edits on their anthology before heading to Troy Bookmakers for printing and binding. This opportunity to fully create the final product was a highlight for the girls.
English Language and Leadership completed its four week program at the end of the final session. These girls represent four countries and worked on creating children’s books as a final project. Each girl added much to the vibrancy of GirlSummer, sharing her personal story, and enriching the fabric of this global program.
Emma Codes has been a hub of construction these past two weeks. Our campers have worked diligently on engineering, coding, and creation through sound. Their animated final project was not to be missed.
GirlSummer concluded, as we do every session with the Morning Showcase of performing and visual arts. It was hard to keep the audience in their seats with the entertaining presentations. Each girl stepped forward in her personal and collective goal setting. We are all very proud of this diverse community of 225 campers.
    • Showcase performers in dance routine

    • Upper campers with Katlyn Grasso, founder and CEO of GenHERation

    • Coding fun!

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