GEMS: Polishing Up
Older girls are invited to polish up on GEMS survival skills during this bridge week for those who are beginning high school and would like to participate in GEMS: Rock On. Polishing Up is designed to introduce older girls to the GEMS program by combining the Shining Bright and Digging Deeper experiences into a single five-day overnight session. During this session, girls will discover the seven survival priorities and explore some frontcountry parallels – all while learning the basics of backpacking and outdoor living during a 3-day trek on the nearby Appalachian Trail and a day of cave exploration. Girls will be challenged to expand their understandings of their own personalities and how they interact with others throughout the week, and they will finish feeling polished to the perfect shine, ready to GEMS: Rock On!
We recommend that campers attend this session of GEMS followed immediately by a session of GEMS: Rock On, creating a well-rounded 2-week experience perfect for high school girls in search of an empowering challenge! For more information about the content of this bridge course, check out the descriptions for GEMS: Shining Bright and GEMS: Digging Deeper.
Ideal age range for GEMS: Polishing Up is rising 9th to 12th grade.