Digging Deeper

Girls who feel prepared to dig deeper into the parallels between survival skills and their day-to-day lives are invited to take on new challenges and celebrate bigger accomplishments during GEMS 2: Digging Deeper! This session is also a five-day overnight experience during which Girls Empowered will be challenged to step further outside their comfort zones by building on the skills and understandings they gained during GEMS 1. This experience begins with a review of the seven survival priorities, allowing girls to reflect upon their initial empowerment experiences. Then, girls spend the middle of the week on a 2-night backpacking expedition along the nearby Appalachian Trail, where they will strengthen their survival skills and begin exploring their own unique leadership and communication styles. The week concludes with caving and stand-up paddleboarding, both of which will allow girls to explore and prepare for situations that may be out of their element. GEMS 2 presents new challenges and opportunities for goal-setting to Girls Empowered, and girls will move forward with a deepened sense of courage, confidence, and compassion.

GEMS who complete the Digging Deeper expedition are encouraged to continue growing and discovering through GEMS 3: Rock On during the same or following summer!

July 6-10, 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.