“Supportive relationships are the most important thing about Girls Weeks.”
|Dates:||In response to requests, this year again we have a choice of one or two weeks.
Monday to Friday, July 31 – August 4, 2017
Monday to Friday, August 7 – 11, 2017
7 to 12 years old (grades 2 through 7 in Fall 2016)
We recommend that campers be at least 7 years old, but can make exceptions for 6 year olds who fit the criteria explained in Notes to Parents or if they are coming with siblings. Arrange a phone call with the director to discuss this.
|Times:||9 AM to 4 PM each day|
1 adult or teen staff member for every 3 campers.
This session fills up fast. Register early to be sure of a place.
This year Girls Week is a two week program. It is possible to enroll for just one week, either week. The program costs the same amount per week as last year.
Woolman Hill Conference Center, Deerfield, MA
A farmhouse with beautiful woods near Old Deerfield.
Parents arrange car pools from Northampton, Amherst, West County, and other locations.
We support girls by encouraging them to strengthen their voices and visions in an accepting community. This is a unique opportunity for young girls to meet teens leaders and a staff of women who are inspiring role models encouraging each girl to value herself and develop her own unique gifts.
We have fun together in a relaxed welcoming atmosphere with lots of choices such as songs, crafts, storytelling, art, and theater. Many say that their favorite time is when we hike up into the woods and create a village of our own.
We also have great open discussions about our concerns that help us find out how much we have in common. On our Women’s Heritage Table we share scrapbooks, favorite books, our own art and poetry, and other things that represent what builds courage for us. On the last day, the teen leaders put on a surprise humorous dramatic presentation that involves every camper.
“There is nothing like Girls Weeks. My daughter has come back year after year and is now on staff. This is a place where girls can use their energy so constructively and really be affirmed.”
“Thanks for creating a place that specifically respects all body sizes and types. You give rare support that is available few other places. You taught my daughter skills she’ll use the rest of her life in handling friendship issues.” – Northampton mother
“But my daughter doesn’t know anyone else who is coming--”
We plan ways to create welcome. When she arrives, teen leaders will give her a short tour so she feels at home. Within the first hour, she’ll be in a small group concentrating on building new friendships. By lunch time, she’ll be sitting, laughing and talking with girls she hasn’t met before.
“What if it’s doesn’t work that easily?”
Tell us. We’ll work with her in informal, non-embarrassing, and caring ways to support her throughout the day as she grows in comfort.
“Hard things have happened socially for my daughter at school.”
Sarah has talked with many families about similar situations and is very sympathetic and interested. She will be glad to talk with you on the phone, brainstorm with you, and help it be different at camp.
Email Sarah Pirtle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grapes are teen leaders at both of the two sessions of Girls Week.
The first year the program was held, the leaders chose the name because they wanted to be one of an inclusive bunch.
How to Apply: Please send a one page description of your interest in learning how to support campers and gain leadership skills. We give preference to girls who have attended sessions in the past, but will also consider girls who have not been to Journey Camp before.
Occasionally Grapes can work just one week; please contact Sarah to discuss.
Sliding scale fees: $300 to $450 for the two week program.
Send $50 registration fee to:
Journey Camp / Dewey Gelnaw-Brickley
P.O. Box 65, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.