Summer Camps


"Emma loved your camp and is still talking about it. My husband introduced her to Scratch earlier this summer and she was not interested. Emma arrived home from camp and announced that she was using Scratch in camp. She began showing us what she created and has been programming with Scratch ever since." - Laurie Moyer, Summer Camp Parent 


Girlstart Summer Camps are week-long STEM programs for girls entering the 4th-8th grades. These programs achieve consistent positive outcomes by combining formal and informal educational strategies with challenging and relevant STEM curriculum. Girlstart Summer Camps provides individualized experiences that develop a strong conceptual understanding of STEM subjects and increase participants’ interest in STEM activities and careers.

Recently evaluated by Change the Equation as one of only four exemplary STEM education programs in America, Girlstart's Summer Camp programs have consistently received national recognition. Girlstart Summer Camp allows girls to explore STEM in a fun, informal environment, and equips girls with STEM skills they will use for life. Girlstart’s camp provides unique experiences that develop a strong conceptual understanding of STEM subjects and increase participants’ interest in STEM activities and careers.

Girlstart cultivates a culture where risk is rewarded, curiosity is encouraged, and creativity is expected. As a result, Girlstart girls are connected, brave, and resilient. Girlstart makes girls more successful, and inspires them to take on the world’s greatest challenges.

All Girlstart camps include a balance of hands-on STEM activities, relevant technology, collaborative team building and informal camp fun!

94% of campers reported they enjoyed using computers in a new way after making a successful video game, app, or computer animation in 2013. 

Girlstart provides 4th-5th grade and 6th-8th grade summer camps simultaneously. Camps serve girls entering 4th-5th and entering 6th-8th grade simultaneously all summer long (regular and junior camps are held in separate activity spaces).
Summer Camp 2014 Themes:
Animal World*
June 9-13, June 16-20, June 23-27
4th-5th & 6th-8th

Mammals, reptiles, birds and more! Join us on a trip around the world as girls explore the habitats, adaptations and body systems of unique creatures in the animal kingdom. Girls will design a virtual 3D habitat and program an adaptations app.
*animals not included
Sound Check
July 7-11 & July 14-18

Check, check, 1, 2, 1, 2! Discover the science behind music at Girlstart’s sound studio. Girls will design an instrument from recycled materials, make and play a floor piano, create a virtual 3D stage and program an app to make music.

Ice Age
July 7-11 & July 14-18

Beat the heat this summer in this cool camp! Grab your jacket, hat and gloves to experience the science behind the cold. From winter animals, clothing, weather and the Olympics, the sky’s the limit in this chilly camp.

Adventure Land

July 21-25 & July 28-Aug 1 Waitlist
Loops, twists and drops! Help Girlstart create and construct our very own theme park. Use your imagination to engineer a roller coaster thrill ride, design the amusement buildings, produce an animated commercial and more.

Girlstart & the Olympians
July 21-25 & July 28-Aug 1 Waitlist

Help Percy, Annabeth and Grover adventure through the mythological world. Girls will create a rocket to help Hermes fly, engineer a boat to cross the River of Hades, discover the stories behind the stars in our Mini Planetarium and more. All mortals and demigods welcome!