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Girls Incorporated of Worcester Announces Exciting Re-launch of its Summer Programming

Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

“Super Camp” promises a unique experience for girls ages 6 to 15

Girls Incorporated of Worcester, the only site-based, youth-serving organization in the region that is dedicated specifically to serving girls, is re-launching its summer camp program to better align with its mission – inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold sm.

Starting this summer, Girls Inc. will host a “super camp” that caters exclusively to girls ages 6 to 15. The exciting and dynamic camp will combine the best of what Worcester has to offer – an urban environment from the vantage point of the agency’s Winthrop House on 125 Providence Street and an outdoor environment from the vantage point of the agency’s 110-acre Camp Kinneywood property, located on the Worcester/Holden line, 280 Olean St., Worcester.

This combination of an urban and rural camp marks a departure for Girls Inc., which for the past several years has hosted a co-ed day-camp at Camp Kinneywood, entirely separate from girls-only summer programming at Winthrop House. But this year, the agency and its board of directors has decided to combine programming at Camp Kinneywood and Winthrop House and focus the camp on girls exclusively. This change will enable the agency to better reach its goal of providing research-based gender-specific programs that make a difference in the lives of girls. The shift will also help the agency reach its strategic goal of increasing the number of girls served by 30 percent between 2011 and 2015.

“Given our very significant growth this year - launching exciting new programs and community partnerships – and serving a rapidly increasing number of girls, we have determined that in order to continue growing and achieving significant outcomes for our girls, we must remain laser focused on our mission to deliver gender-specific programming” says Deb Hopkins, CEO of Girls Inc. of Worcester.

Enrollees in the Girls Inc. Summer Camp will be able to take advantage of an exciting array of programs over a 10-week period. The schedule includes themed weeks that incorporate developmentally appropriate activities for small groups of teens, tweens and elementary level girls while taking advantage of available resources at Winthrop House, Camp Kinneywood and the larger community (field trips and guest presentations from partners and subject experts).

Each week of the Girls Inc. Summer Camp will involve health/fitness, arts, water safety, violence prevention, women’s history, multiculturalism, leadership, economic literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) for a unique summer camp experience. The tentative schedule is as follows:

• Week 1: “Yum” – A Scientific and Entrepreneurial Week of Celebrating FOOD

• Week 2: “Fashion Spa Week….Ooh La La”- Fashion, health and beauty

• Week 3: “It Ain’t Easy Being Green” - Environmental science week

• Week 4: “Blast from the Past - Exploring different decades

• Week 5: “She’s Got the Power” - Electricity and alternative power sources

• Week 6: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” - A week of exploring, creating and playing games

• Week 7: “Makin’ Waves” - Water week

• Week 8: “Go for the Gold with Girls Inc. Olympics”

• Week 9: “Who Dunnit?” - CSI forensics and crime solving

• Week 10: “All the World’s a Stage”

On Saturday, March 31st we will be hosting an Open House and summer registration session at both Winthrop House - 125 Providence St. and Camp Kinneywood – 280 Olean Street facilities for the girls and their families to check out the programs and program spaces that have been designed just for girls.