Girls First! at Madeira

July 25, 2014

Fifty-six girls, including seven legacies, said cheerful good-byes and exchanged promises to stay in touch as their two weeks at Girls First summer camp at Madeira came to a close on July 12. The experiential learning camp is designed for girls entering seventh through eleventh grade, who choose to study one supplemental class for the duration of camp. The 2014 offerings included:  veterinary science, creative writing, culinary exploration, forensic science, digital photography, and fashion design.

In addition to classes, each day camp meets as a whole for activities designed to allow girls to learn about their identity by exploring such areas as media literacy, personality types, making good decisions, image, and self-confidence. These activities are part of a program called girl power explained Program Director Cathy Cleveland-Hirsh.

“The girl power program really flourished this year,” said Camp Director Cathy Cleveland Hirsh. “It’s our goal to give girls new tools and strengths which they can use in coming school year and beyond”

In one girl power activity, each girl identified important values by creating a construction hat, outfitting it labels of what she hopes values and traits she thinks are important because they are all “under construction” explained Cleveland-Hirsh.

Girls also participated in activities like yoga, dance, and swimming to round out their days. And classes took advantage of the learning opportunities in Washington, D.C. For instance digital photography students practiced their skills taking photos of monuments and scenery on the National Mall.

Many thanks to the Girls First staff which included eight Madeira alumnae. 

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