Avid Girls Empowered are invited to Rock On for another intensive five-day overnight experience focused on personal development and empowerment. This experience challenges girls in exciting ways by encouraging them to take on leadership roles among their peers while exploring new outdoor activities. While canoeing, camping, and rock climbing, girls will discover new parallels to their ever-changing lives. Girls will be challenged to think independently and to cooperate with fellow GEMS to be successful throughout the week. While other GEMS levels are designed for girls going into grades 6-8, GEMS 3 is open to girls who are beginning or continuing high school, too. Girls leave this inspiring and demanding week having grown into strong, compassionate, confident leaders, ready to Rock On in their communities!

Rock On is open to girls who have graduated from GEMS 2: Digging Deeper, and to those who have completed GEMS: Polishing Up to bring them up to speed on our curriculum. Read more about GEMS: Polishing Up, or check out GEMS 1: Shining Bright to begin your GEMS journey today!

July 20-24, 2020

Course Price: $595

What else should I know?

What is the age requirement of this camp? This is a course for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls.  Camp size is limited to 12 to maximize the learning and fun while keeping a low counselor to camper ratio.

What outdoor experience does my daughter need to attend this camp? Outdoor experience levels do not matter. Your daughter will benefit from time outside in nature leave an empowered leader prepared to help yourself and others while on any adventure whether it’s outside, in the classroom or at a social event.

Will my daughter get to eat bugs? She will learn which bugs are edible and how to find them.  Eating them is optional!  All food is included.  Meals are prepared in our commercial kitchen. Please let us know if you daughter has allergies or special diet requirements.

What time does the camp start and end? Drop off time is 7:00 am to 9:00 am  Monday morning.  Pick up time on Friday is 4:00 – 6:00pm.   Arrangements can be made for a Sunday drop off and Friday evening or Saturday morning pick ups. Airport pick-up and drop off can also be arranged.

Will my daughter sleep under the stars? This is her adventure!  The camp is designed for challenge-by-choice.  Camping options are available as is sleeping in the lodge.  Camp counselors are available for both options every night.  The choice is hers.

What should she bring? Click on the Gear List/Directions button on this page for the required and optional items needed for a week at GEMS camp. No special gear is required beyond personal items.

Is the camp taught outside? Yes!  The benefits of learning in nature are astounding.  More information on that is included in the information.  Training camps are setup outside held under parachute canopies. We also have a large indoor space to use for inclement weather.  Mountain Shepherd’s gorgeous 100-acre property bordering the Jefferson National Forest. Please check out more on our Facility tab.

Does my daughter need to bring a friend?  If she comes alone she is guaranteed to leave with new friends!  Of course, her friends are always welcome – please share with her friend’s parents.