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 3: Rock On. Polishing Up is designed to introduce older girls to the GEMS program by combining the GEMS 1 and 2 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 Rock On for GEMS 3!

We recommend that campers attend this session of GEMS followed immediately by a session of GEMS 3: 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 1: Shining Bright and GEMS 2: Digging Deeper.

Ideal age range for GEMS: Polishing Up is rising 9th to 12th grade.

Dates TBD

Course Price: $595

What else should I know?

What outdoor experience do I need to attend this course? Outdoor experience levels do not matter. We have students with no experience to weekend warriors. Everyone learns valuable information in this course. You will leave prepared to help yourself and others while on any adventure.

Do I get to eat bugs? You will learn which bugs are edible and how to find them. Eating them is optional!

What time does the course start and end? The course begins at 10:00 Saturday morning and finishes by 1:00 on Sunday. Plan to arrive by 9:30 on Saturday. If you prefer to travel on Friday, you can stay at the lodge. $50 includes a bunk and breakfast. $25 for each additional person in your group. Group, semi-private and private rooms are available on a first come first serve basis.

Do I sleep under the stars? This is your adventure! You can sleep in a tent, a shelter you improvise or stay in the lodge. The choice is yours.

What outdoor experience do I need to attend this course? Outdoor experience levels do not matter. We have students with no experience to weekend warriors. Everyone learns valuable information in this course. You will leave prepared to help yourself and others while on any adventure.

Do I get to eat bugs? You will learn which bugs are edible and how to find them. Eating them is optional!

What time does the course start and end? The course begins at 10:00 Saturday morning and finishes by 1:00 on Sunday. Plan to arrive by 9:30 on Saturday. If you prefer to travel on Friday, you can stay at the lodge. $50 includes a bunk and breakfast. $25 for each additional person in your group. Group, semi-private and private rooms are available on a first come first serve basis.

Do I sleep under the stars? This is your adventure! You can sleep in a tent, a shelter you improvise or stay in the lodge. The choice is yours.