"I was nervous to go at first but I loved GTC! Everyone was so friendly and nice. I made new friends, learned A LOT about myself and laughed alot. Thank you GTC!"
- GTC Participant
overview rising 5th/6th Grade Track
For Current 4th or 5th graders
The Girls Take Charge curriculum has been carefully designed over the past decade and is based on the following:
Over 17 years of experience and research (over 8,000 girls have gone through GTC since it began in 2007).
Highly experiential and self/peer reflective so girls can learn by doing.
Fun, laughter, and positivity! Its summer and it should feel that way.
Learning outcomes are developed for each track based on research and knowledge of girls' social and behavioral development at certain ages.
All GTC tracks include programming that foster the three GTC pillars of empowerment and leadership. These are:
Sense of Self
Sense of Team
Sense of community
What She Will Do at GTC
Grow a strong sense of self
During this GTC track, we will focus strongly on the GTC pillar of "sense of self." We will engage your daughter to focus on meta-cognition, – helping them think about how they think. They will know the activities as fun, and as parents we will know we are teaching them the invaluable life skills of self-confidence, resiliency, and teamwork!
Life as a 9 - 12 year old girl
Forming Her Identity
Each of our daughters have their own unique empowerment journey. Common themes girls share in this age group have also been identified through years of experience and research. The GTC dynamic programming encompasses these themes so we can meet girls where they are at and inspire them on their path to success.
Common themes of girls in this track include:
Begin to challenge the self-confidence they have built up to this point.
Formation of their values.
Swings between feeling powerful and then invincible.
Want to be part of the group and not stand out.
Decision making can be challenging.
Experiences that Make Forever Memories
Inspiring and Energizing Week
Your daughter will engage in hands on activities that will require her to make decisions and take small positive risks and develop those skills throughout her empowerment journey. In addition, she will:
Identify strengths and learn confidence-building techniques in fun self-reflection exercises.
Participate in small group team building activities where she can identify and learn leadership skills.
Fulfill assigned fun roles throughout the week, learning that standing out in a group can be great!
Learn a few mindfulness strategies to help work through all the complex feelings that can happen during this age.
My daughter loved this program. She made many friends and enjoyed learning. Thank you for providing such a wonderful camp.
- Girls Take Charge Parent
Thank you for an awesome week! I had so much fun, met great girls, and learned a lot about teamwork and myself! Middle school doesn't seem so scary now.
My daughter had a terrific week and I wish there were more weeks. Thank you to all staff for kicking off the summer with a great experience!!
- Girls Take Charge Participant
- Girls Take Charge Parent
An Awesome GTC DAY
A day at GTC is a busy, energizing, and fun-filled day. Almost every hour students can expect to move to a new activity. Days are spent in a mix of large group and small group activities and includes teamwork sessions, self-reflection sessions, and project time. Below is a sample of what a GTC day can entail.
The Makings of a Great GTC Day
9:00am - 10:00am
Our mornings start off with an welcoming energizer activity so girls can get to know each other!
10:00am - 11:30am
Girls rotate through engaging sessions with their facilitators building their teamwork skills. These are hands on and fun!
Awareness is Awesome
11:30am - 12:30pm
We reserve some quiet time each day so girls can spend sometime getting to know a really awesome person...themselves. We lead them through activities that highlights their strengths.
Fun and Friendships
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Girls will have a chance to connect up over lunch (each girl brings their own) so they can grow current and build new friendships.
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Through hands on activities, girls utilize team problem solving skills to create solutions to challenges anywhere from STEM challenges to friendship challenges girls may encounter.
Positive Power Hour
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Girls work in small teams (don't worry, we gather the groups so no one has to worry about finding one!) to create a meaningful project designed to help all girls discover and value their strengths. We will be excited to share with you their creative works!