Circle Program Frequently Asked Questions 

When are girls referred?
  • Girls are referred to the Circle Program as they enter grades five and six.

Who refers the girls?
  • Girls are referred by teachers, guidance counselors, social service agencies and even family members.

How do you make a referral?
  • To make a referral, please e-mail or call our Executive Director, Kathleen Kearns in January or February as she begins to interview girls and their families at that time. She may be reached at the Circle Program office (603-536-4244) or at

What is the Circle Program's service area?
  • Our service area includes thirty-three towns along the Interstate 93 highway corridor in the Greater Concord, Laconia and Plymouth areas.

What is expected of the girls who are enrolled?
  • Girls who are invited to join Circle Program are expected to commit to both camp and mentor year activities. They meet with their mentors during the school year. They attend group gatherings with all the girls and mentors every other month. Activities include educational workshops, field trips and community service projects.

How long is a Circle girl supported in the Circle Program?
  • Girls are supported in the Circle Program from the fifth grade until they graduate high school. 

Who are the Circle mentors?
  • Circle mentors are volunteer women who share the desire to make a difference in the life of a girl. They provide a girl with a positive female role model and unconditional acceptance. Our mentors are a diverse group of dynamic women that range in age from 21 to 75. Contact Sheryl Brochu our Mentor Coordinator if you are interested in becoming a mentor, office (603-536-4244) or at

Who are the Circle Program board members?
  • Circle board members come from the communities that the Circle Program serves. They act as goodwill ambassadors for the program, networking in their communities to help find volunteer mentors, donors, and new Circle friends.

How does the Circle Camp experience differ from girls to teens?
  • Circle Camp offers girls and teens a residential summer camp experience.

       - The Core Program offers girls in fifth and sixth grade a three-week camp session.

       - The Circle Teen Program offers teens in seventh through ninth grade a two week camp              session.

     Each session offers age-appropriate curriculum and challenging activities that build life skills.

What is the Teen Adventure Program (TAP)?
  • The Teen Adventure Program (TAP) offers high school teens an advanced-level, off-site wilderness camping experience that the teens plan themselves. TAP provides enhanced opportunities for teens to develop life skills through individual leadership and teamwork.

What is the philosophy behind the Circle Program model?
  • The Circle Program follows a research-based Positive Youth Development (PYD) model and philosophy (Lerner, et al; Tufts University; 2005) that teaches the 6 C’s:

  • Character

  • Competence

  • Caring

  • Connection

  • Confidence

  • Contribution

Call Us: (603) 536-4244  / Fax:  (603) 536-2570 /  / 85 Main Street, P.O. Box 815, Plymouth, NH 03264

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