Girls with Altitude
Girls with Altitude (GWA) is a sisterhood that empowers 6th–8th graders to build community and gain valuable leadership skills. This outdoor after-school program creates a safe and welcoming environment for girls to be themselves, explore Hale’s unique wilderness setting, and realize their potential. GWA offers a variety of activities that inspire girls to challenge themselves. The program also provides time and support for girls to complete homework.
Who We Serve
Girls with Altitude serves students from Westwood, Dover, Dedham, Norwood, and Needham. Hale offers transportation on a first-come, first-served basis to Thurston and Coakley Middle School students, but we encourage parents to provide transportation whenever possible. GWA is based at the Trading Post, roughly 0.7 miles from Hale’s Main Entrance at 80 Carby Street, Westwood MA. Pick-up occurs between 5:30 PM and 6 PM.
A Typical Day
Activities include teambuilding challenges, low and high ropes, outdoor living skills, archery, hiking and navigation, group games, sports, cooking, arts and crafts, photography, and more. Here’s a glimpse of a typical day:
- 2:30-3:00 PM: Arrival, snack, activity preview
- 3:00-3:30 PM: Energizer and teambuilding challenge
- 3:30-4:15 PM: Outdoor exploration, challenge, or activity
- 4:15-5:00 PM: Leadership development activities and discussions
- 5:00-5:15 PM: Activity debrief, reflection,and positive affirmations
- 5:15-6:00 PM: Homework time and pick-up
Each afternoon, girls create space to be themselves, share experiences, and develop a supportive network of friends.
An outdoor program? In the winter?
Winters in New England may be unpredictable, but GWA takes advantage of the outdoors regardless of the weather! Preparedness, be it for school or the elements, is a key lesson we teach our girls. Weather-appropriate gear allows us to safely participate in activities that include hiking, climbing, archery, shelter-building, sledding, and snowshoeing. On especially cold days, we might head inside for arts and crafts, cooking, STEM challenges, and teambuilding activities.
Session Topics (Fall 2018)
Each session of GWA is grounded in a specific theme. This fall, we’ll focus on community. Discussions and activities will help girls think critically about what makes a strong community and practice the teamwork and leadership skills necessary to build their own.
Session Topics (Winter 2019)
This winter we’ll engage in personal reflection and begin leadership development. Girls will critically explore what inspires, challenges, frustrates, and motivates them. They’ll use this deeper understanding of themselves to build the self-esteem and resiliency young leaders need.
Rates and Dates
Please enroll using our online registration system.
We encourage enrollment for an entire season since sessions build on one another and consistency makes for a stronger community. However, if you are unavailable for the entire season, you are welcome to join us for up to three individual sessions. An individual session is $50 with transportation or $45 without transportation. Contact Emily to register for an individual session.
Our Fall 2018 season includes 7 sessions every Friday between Sept. 28 and Nov. 9:
- $275 with transportation
- $250 without transportation
Our Winter 2019 season includes 7 sessions every Friday between Jan. 4 and Feb. 15:
- $275 with transportation (wait list only)
- $250 without transportation (a few spots remain)