Mindfulness is the focus on the present moment. Research shows that it can make us better students, friends, and family members. This course will explore techniques for being mindful in our everyday lives. Girls will learn meditation practices, physical activities (yoga, meditation walking, etc), and other strategies that can help to focus and relax. Every day, girls will create a different craft that will support this practice, including glitter jars, thinking putty, stress balls, journals, collage, coloring, intention jars, and dream boxes. We will also explore parts of the brain and work to understand how mindfulness supports efficient brain function.
Anything can happen on stage in this class designed to empower girls to discover their voices in the spotlight. An introduction to singing, dancing, and acting (including improvisation) on stage is at the heart of this class. Girls will prepare for a showcase for families and friends at the end of the week.
You’ve seen others on TV do it, and now it’s time to turn your ideas into gold. Girls will pair up or form groups to brainstorm invention ideas, settle on a concept, design, create, and test a prototype, develop a marketing plan, and on the final day present to the guest sharks and parents. Who knows? Campers could be on the verge of creating the next big thing!
The full-day week-long option will allow campers to deep dive into budgeting, prototyping, and public speaking practice for their pitches.
The Girls’ Section
Yes, we all know where the girls’ section is at our favorite department stores. And we all know where the girls’ toys are, too (if the overpowering pink motifs didn’t give it away). The labeling of designated shopping areas for boys and girls has been a hot topic in media lately. In this class, girls will discover this ongoing conversation, research the pros and cons, and work in groups to present ways to avoid gender bias in shopping scenarios – including redesigning store layouts and product packaging.
Crafting Through France
No passports required to travel around the Francophone World learning arts and crafts traditions of French culture, all while learning key phrases, vocabulary, and language nuances in one of our most sophisticated world cultures.
It’s Spa Day every day in this class! From lip gloss and sugar scrubs to perfumed soaps and face masks, girls will learn how to use simple, natural ingredients to pamper their youthful skin. The class will explore the chemistry of the everyday products we use and what could go wrong when the chemistry is off. Girls will also have the opportunity to share their creations with others by designing packaging and a marketing plan for their favorite spa product. Free samples, please!
NEW: Crafting Class
Let’s go back to the basics! Students will enjoy learning wooden block print, learn the history of block printing, ribbon embroidery, and even stamping leather keychains or bracelets!
NEW: Time, Talent, and Treasure
Become a Philanthropist! Learn the basics of philanthropy and learn how you can become involved in giving back to your community at any age and with more than just money. Students will learn how to identify and explore their areas of interest and develop a plan to make a difference in our world.
Wonder Women and Super Girls
Campers will dive into superhero comics, both old and new, and will use story mapping, writing, and art to create their own super (she)ro comics by the end of the week. The final products will be published on the AGS website with the option to continue finessing beyond camp.
Basketball and Volleyball
What better way to stay active than to try out some spots! Do you enjoy different types of sports or just want to get a feel if basketball or volleyball is for you? Half of the week will be spent on basketball and the other half on volleyball.
Game On, Gamers!
Have you ever dreamed of designing your own video game? If so, this class is your chance to make your dreams come true. Girls will use the online program Gamestar Mechanic to play through levels and courses that teach them the ABCs of video game design and how to make their own.