Woodlands Academy offers unique summer camps for girls


Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is offering local girls entering grades 4-7 this fall a unique new summer day camp experience. Taught by faculty members from Woodlands Academy, GrowGirl offers a unique interdisciplinary approach to exploration, growth and pleasure.

This highly creative approach by academics gives campers the opportunity to combine STEM with art and movement activities.

Located in Lake Forest, Woodlands Academy is an independent Catholic day and boarding school for young women of all faiths in grades 9-12.

According to 2022 rankings by Niche, an independent research company, Woodlands Academy was the best girls’ high school in Illinois and the best Catholic high school in Illinois.

The Lake School has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020. This award is based on a school’s overall academic performance.

Spanning four weeks, GrowGirl sessions at Woodlands Academy meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Families can choose to participate in as many camp sessions as they wish:


• June 13-16 – Roller coaster design

• June 20-23 – Investigating Mysteries: Forensics and Fiction

• July 11 to 14 – Earth Works: clay and nature photography

• 18-21 July: space exploration and robotics

An additional adventure camp on Friday is also offered. Participants can sign up for fun field trips every Friday that GrowGirl is in session.

During the first week of camp, Roller Coaster Design, students will learn some of the science that goes into amusement park rides. This includes how forces and energy are used in amusement rides, swinging ships, and roller coasters. Activities include laboratory science experiments and engineering projects.

Next is Investigating Mysteries: Forensics & Fiction, a combined writing workshop and hands-on STEM course. Participants will write their own mysterious story while learning real detective skills, including fingerprint and DNA analysis, undercover investigative techniques and creating disguises. This allows budding authors and scientists to be creative while having an active adventure.

Earth Works: Clay & Photo Nature Art begins by exploring the cultural and art historical context of nature-based artwork. Then there is a field trip to collect a variety of eye-catching natural shapes such as flowers, textured leaves, rocks and feathers.

Next, students roll small slabs of clay and emboss the natural shapes they have collected to create raised impressions on the clay slab. Participants will also make distinctive Prussian blue monochromatic cyanotype photograms with the same objects.

In the final session of the week, Space Exploration & Robotics, campers will learn how space probes and rovers use robotics to collect and analyze data, with a focus on NASA’s Osiris Rex spacecraft and Mars rovers.

Activities include a trip to the Adler Planetarium, building and coding workshops, and an engineering challenge. Students will also build and launch model rockets.

To register or for more information, visit www.woodlandsacademy.org/growgirl.


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