3 Camps that are All About Girl Power

Traditional day camps, overnight camps, sports camps, enrichment programs - there are so many opportunities for kids to grow and learn that it’s hard to know how to narrow down your selection. This post in our continuing series about summer camp options focuses on camps that are just for girls.

We asked the directors of these camps about the benefits of a “girl only” camp. The consensus? It can provide a welcoming, nurturing environment (no popularity contests!) that reinforces a girl’s sense of self-worth and offers a place where campers feel comfortable trying new things, and have a chance to relax, away from the pressures and competition of the busy school year. For more helpful advice, be sure to check out our 8 Tips for Choosing the Right Camp for Your Daughter, offered by Samantha Razook Murphy, founder of Curious Jane camps in New York City.

Girls Rock Boston
A camp for girls who want to learn more about writing and making empowering music.

This weeklong program for girls ages 8 to 17 encourages positive self esteem through music education and performance. During each session, girls receive instrument instruction (guitar, bass, drums, vocals or keyboards), form a band, write an original song, and perform at a real rock venue. There are also workshops about self-defense, songwriting, women in rock history, and screen printing.

Location: Berklee College of Music's facility in Allston

Schedule: There are weeklong sessions in mid-July and mid-August

Contact: Contact nora@girlsrockboston.org

A positive growth experience for girls grappling with adolescence

GirlPower! is a holistic wellness program where girls ages 10 to 14 have fun, learn about staying healthy and fit, and meet new friends in a nurturing and non-competitive setting. Daily activities for the day camp include mind/body exercise such as yoga and Pilates, cooking and nutrition, art from the natural world, nature walks, journaling, dressing for your personal style, dance, and gardening. There's also an opportunity for a trip to the White Mountains for hiking and bonding.

Location: Concord Carlisle High School, Concord; White Mountains, New Hampshire

Schedule: See scheduled dates here, or contact Susanne@DancingWellness.com to arrange a group camp.

Contact: To register or for questions: Email Susanne@DancingWellness.com

Fleur de Lis Camp
Overnight camp that blends age groups to form unique friendships

For more than 85 years, Fleur de Lis Camp has offered a traditional camp experience for girls ages eight to 15. Campers live in cabins and tents, and take part in arts, nature and outdoor experience, waterfront activities and land sports. Activities are conducted in small, “age blind” groups, which help girls build confidence and make life-long friendships.

Location: Fitzwilliam, NH

Schedule: Sessions are three to seven weeks beginning in June, with extended sessions and two-week “starter” sessions available.

Contact: 603-585-3465; www.fleurdeliscamp.org; information@fleurdeliscamp.org

Top photo courtesy of GirlPower!

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