A Circle Alumni & Camp Counselor
I was introduced to the Circle Program when I was nine years old. It gave me a place to be myself, while making new friends and developing new skills. Circle made me comfortable with being myself and showed me how powerful I could be as a woman in society. It was a fun, safe, and friendly environment, with challenges and obstacles along the way that made me a stronger woman. I am still connected with some of my friends from camp, and will never forget the counselors I had.
Now that I am grown, I have returned to camp, this time as a counselor myself, to pay forward the gift I was given by attending the Circle Program. Knowing how much I loved Circle Camp when I was younger, and how much it helped me grow into the strong woman I am today, makes it incredibly rewarding to know that I am helping other girls to feel and do the same.
A girl's first experience with the Circle Program is attending an adventurous, three-week residential session at Circle Camp. Circle Camp is a place where girls feel valued and accepted, and are recognized and applauded for their individual strengths.
Circle Camp is a safe environment where girls become better equipped to make healthy choices, build lasting friendships, and grow in self-esteem and confidence. It’s an opportunity for them to learn new skills and develop a greater sense of self-responsibility.
Every activity and interaction at Circle Camp is seen as an opportunity to promote the girls’ personal and social growth. Our core camp programs and activities include swim instruction, canoe and kayaking, adventure programs, low ropes course, drama, arts and crafts, creative expression, health and hygiene, nature, and woodworking sessions. Other activities that are added, either offsite or as guest programs, include high ropes course facilitation at Plymouth State University, hiking, orienteering, Squam Lakes Science Center talks, paddle boarding, sewing and knitting, music and more.