Girls First! welcomes back many returning campers.
Creative Writing students find inspiration at the National Zoo


classes to choose from
In 2012, campers came from twelve US states and six countries!
Girls are part of team building and leadership exercises at Inner Quest.
Pineapple Staff! RAs create (and get in on) the fun!
Learn by doing. The Forensic Science class examines fingerprints.
Inspiration can come from anywhere when your at Girls First!
Classes enjoy guest speakers, like emergency veterinarian and Madeira alumnae, Meghan Wood '97
Enjoy afternoons in the pool.
Learning is fun when you put it into practice!
Campers are put into groups forming countries with their own unique flag!

Girls First!

Welcome to Girls First! Our experiential program is crafted for girls in seventh through eleventh grade. We offer girls an opportunity to supplement their school-year studies by taking one of our six classes where they enjoy dynamic classroom work daily from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. where we focus on activities, projects, labs and field trips to enhance learning. After class, girls have a variety of activities to choose from including swimming, self-defense, arts and crafts and other activities that change daily.

August 7: Thank you to our wonderful group of campers, parents and Girls First! staff. We had our most fun-filled camp year yet and will be posting video highlights of our summer soon. We hope that all of our campers return to their new school year remembering how strong and wonderful they are - don't forget the superwoman pose, ladies!

2015 Update: Girls First! will run June 28 - July 11, 2015 and we will be offering 6 classes: Creative Writing, Culinary Exploration, Digital Photography, Fashion Design, Forensic Science and Veterinary Science. Look for updated 2015 class descriptions and videos to be posted in September.



Girls First Camp


Each day we meet as a full camp to provide girls with an opportunity to learn about themselves through our girl power program exploring such areas as media literacy, role models, personality types, making good decisions and preserving your future, allowing girls to return to the new school year with new tools and strengths. 

Girls have the choice of living on campus as resident students, or they may be day students and choose to end their day at camp after classes at 4:15 p.m. or stay for afternoon activities and dinner and depart camp at 6:30 p.m.  Parents and invited to a Student Showcase on the last day of camp to sit in on class, view displays and a camp slide show.

The professional instructors at Girls First! mix personalized academic endeavors with social activities, games, and field trips using Madeira’s 376-acre campus overlooking the Potomac River and its close proximity to Washington, D.C.

Not only do young women who attend Girls First! interact with successful professionals in their chosen fields, they also form friendships with girls from across the US and the world. For all the academic instruction, structured and unstructured activities, and camaraderie our staff provides, the heart of the Girls First! experience is the amazing opportunity for growth provided by the girls themselves. In class talented young women are appreciated and challenged by a like-minded, friendly, diverse peer group. Outside of the classroom, girls make meaningful and enduring connections while participating in guided activities and spending free time with new friends. Girls First! is an invaluable chance for young women to experience a new place, develop close friendships, and learn from committed mentors.

Girls First! 2014 will run from Sunday, June 29 through Saturday, July 12.

Questions please call us at 703-556-8323 or email us.

2014 At a Glance


Sunday, June 29


Saturday, July 12, following the Student Showcase that begins at 9 a.m.



Day student  $1,695 (includes team-building challenge course)
Resident student  $2,495 (includes Kennedy Center trip to see The Lion King & team-building challenge course)

Photo Galleries

See what is happening on campus, at events, and on trips abroad by browsing our photo gallery. You can even download and purchase prints!

Take me to the Photo Gallery

Camp Questions?

Want more information about our summer camps? Interested in using Madeira's facilities? Contact the Summer and Auxiliary Program at 703-556-8213 or by emailing us.