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 unique summer program is crafted for girls entering seventh through tenth grade, offering them an opportunity to supplement their school-year studies by taking one of our six classes where they enjoy dynamic classroom work daily from 9 am. - 4 pm. 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.

See our Girls First! 2014 video below!

Fall Update for 2015: Our updated class descriptions are posted. Registration will open later this fall. We are working on some additional fun learning opportunities for 2015. Details will be posted here as they become available. 

Girls First CampEach 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 pm. or stay for afternoon activities and dinner and depart camp at 6 pm.  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! 2015 will run from Sunday, June 28 through Saturday, July 11.

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

2015 At a Glance


Sunday, June 28


Saturday, July 11, following the Student Showcase that begins at 9 am.


Activity schedule (sample)

Menu - week 1 (sample), week 2 (sample)


Day student  $1,695 (includes team-building challenge course)
Resident student  $2,495 (includes Kennedy Center trip to see Shear Madness & 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.