Lower Explorer

Girls entering grades one through five make memories and friendships that last a lifetime at our GirlSummer camp. Girls choose from a range of activities—from Zumba and swimming lessons to cooking, crafts, dance, and much more! Mix and match your GirlSummer schedule by choosing from our wide range of electives.

Lower Electives

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  • 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.

    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.

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

    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 Open Swim. Swimmers are required to bring their own towels.

    Bring your tennis racket and learn new skills on the court.

    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.

    Fun, friends, fitness! Have a rockin', movin', and groovin' time at Zumba! Girls of all ages will get active by learning and creating their own routines to pop songs. It is like one big dance party!
  • 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!

    With a safety first approach, come learn basic carpentry skills in a fun and supportive environment. By the end of this class, you will craft multiple projects using a variety of methods and tools.

    Explore the exciting world of ceramics through slab and coil hand-building. Girls may create a variety of kiln-fired ceramic pieces such as bowls, cups, mirrors, and wind chimes. The emphasis of this class is on creative imagination, technique, and design.

    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.

    Photography Exploration
    From pin-hole cameras to digital photography, girls will deepen their understanding of this artform through a variety of projects and experiences. Any level of digital camera is welcome--even an old smartphone!
  • Performing Arts

    Dance – Beginner
    Join us and explore a variety of jazz, modern, and ballet techniques. Build confidence and skills in this fun beginner class.

    Dance – Jazz
    Already have some dance experience? Take the opportunity to dance to fast-paced popular music as you work through warm-ups, isolations, combinations, and across-the-floor patterns. Girls will experience the energy of both individual and group dance.

    Dance – Hip-Hop
    Explore this dynamic and engaging dance form. Express yourself as you learn techniques, create moves, and rehearse routines as you prepare routines for end-of-session performances.

    Skits and Behind the Stage
    Skits and Behind the Stage is a great experience to work on your acting skills while learning about the backstage production. Learn how to do lights, sound, and set-creation and be prepared to work with your classmates on a skit for show.

    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.

    Theater - Stars of Tomorrow
    Come experience the major elements of theater in a relaxed atmosphere! Girls learn to express themselves through voice and movement, while participating in activities such as script-writing and improvisation. Leave feeling comfortable and confident performing in front of a small group.
  • Reading/Writing

    The Write Stuff
    Rising third graders and above have the opportunity to experience the power of writing through discussion of their thoughts and ideas. Girls will read poetry, plays, and other forms for inspiration. This class is for everyone who enjoys reading, conversation and stories. Each of us has a story to tell. Come share yours!

    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

    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.

    A tasty class where girls can learn new recipes for afterschool and sleepover snacks. Without the use of an oven or stove, girls will learn how to make delicious snacks on their own. The group will also compile a GirlSummer recipe book that they will bring home at the end of the session.

    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.
  • 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!

    We all need to feel confident in protecting ourselves. Learn skills that will take your confidence to a new level.

    Survival and Life Skills
    Learn how to start a fire, use a compass, how to stay warm and dry, find safe sources of water, change a tire, know your own emergency list, know what to do in danger situations, and better know your surroundings- how to be more observant in our everyday lives.

Program Information

Type: Day

Ages: Rising 1st - 5th graders (ages 6-10)

Cost: $650 - 2 week session. 
Early bird rate: $600 (register by February 1, 2018)

2 Week Session 1: July 9-20, 2018
2 week Session 2: July 23-August 3, 2018

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

Optional After care
3:00pm - 5:30pm add $225 per session

At GirlSummer we know that parents’ lives are busy and can get busier at a moment’s notice. Our GirlSummer Aftercare program provides extended care from 3:00-5:30PM, and allows girls to participate in sports, arts, music, and other fun experiences through the afternoon. A nutritious snack is always included. Parents can sign up for the full session ($225), or make use of our drop-in rate as needed.

Registration opens December 1, 2017.

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