The phrase “classrooms without walls” is more than a metaphor at High Rocks — it’s the literal experience of a High Rocks summer education.
It is a learning culture where girls study patterns and probabilities in the dappled light of a hickory grove, where they explore business concepts of entrepreneurship while listening to the negotiations of nearby chickadees, where they contemplate world religions and philosophies while laying in the grass of an open meadow. It is in this setting that girls become aware of their true potential.
High Rocks began in 1996 as a residential summer camp on a mountainside to help girls prepare for high school with a positive outlook about themselves and their abilities. During the past 17 years girls have realized their potential by overcoming insecurities and fears of horses, math, writing, public speaking, and making new friends. They have shared ideas in a supportive community of adults and peers. By the end of the summer, they are ready to start a new school year full of confidence and hope for the future. In short, summer camps are the heart of High Rocks. They matter because they work.
NEW BEGINNINGS CAMP – June 18th – June 30th, 2017
New Beginnings Camp remains the doorway for most girls to enter the High Rocks Academy for Girls program. Admission is open for rising seventh-grade girls. It also includes leadership roles for older girls and college interns and welcomes staff from a network of professional women from around the country.
“Camp was a life-changing experience for me, one I will never forget!” – New Beginnings Camp Participant
CAMP STEELE – July 15th – july 29th, 2017
Camp Steele is High Rocks’ camp for older girls, and has different tracks in a variety of interest areas including art, media, social movements, construction, food culture, and robotics from which girls can choose from. Tracks are like mini college seminars providing more in-depth learning than most girls have experienced in other academic settings. Admission is open to rising eighth through twelfth-grade girls in our service area as well as girls from other youth programs in the region.
“I want to do something other than sit around and take up space. I want to learn, instead of sitting around on electronics. I want to make a difference in the world, to make it a better place. A change is like a ripple in water, it starts out small, but then it grows. I want to be that first small ripple of change.” – Camp Steele Participant
Have you been accepted to camp? Are you a returning High Rocks Girl that attended camp last year? Complete and submit your camp registration by the priority deadline of March 1 to secure your spot and have the best chance of being assigned to your first choice track. For camp registration no recommendation form is required.