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Hartford Girls Get a Taste of College Life at Camp College

July 22, 2009

Hartford Girls Get a Taste of College Life at

Girl Scouts of Connecticut's Camp College


July 22, 2009 - Sixteen high school girls from Hartford became college students last week. As part of Girl Scouts of Connecticut's Camp College, the girls were able to experience life as college students at Saint Joseph College. The Hartford Girl Scouts spent a week living in the dorms, eating campus food, and practicing time management. The program included information on everything from how to survive the applications process and maintaining good grades to campus safety and even doing your own laundry.

"It was a great week," said Tamara Williams, Program Initiatives Manager for Girl Scouts of Connecticut. "Many of these girls would be the first in their families to pursue post-secondary education and Camp College offers them the information and resources they need to succeed in this environment. They learned a lot about themselves this week, as well as about the complexities of college life."

The Camp College agenda also included bus tours to such local schools as Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University. Time in the computer lab as well as workshops, classes, discussions, and activities pertaining to essay writing, conflict resolution, diversity, campus safety, interview etiquette, completed the week.

"Camp College has shown me there's more to college than what meets the eye," said one of the girl participants. "It's made me more comfortable with the application process, knowing what's coming and I'm not as worried about the classes."


Camp College is part of a larger College Pathways initiative created by Girl Scouts of Connecticut to introduce college to girls who may not have thought it was in their future. Designed for girls in grades 8-12, the Hartford-based program encourages educational and career aspirations, demystifies the world of higher education, and equips them with practical knowledge and skills needed to achieve post-secondary educational goals.

College Pathways Core Curriculum is an out-of-school activity with meetings scheduled on a regular basis. In addition to Camp College, the curriculum also includes making life choices--career options and educational paths; types of schools; choosing a school; standardized tests; college bus tours, college admissions requirements; and financial assistance. The Core Curriculum also fosters development of essential life skills (e.g., time management, conflict resolution, etc.) and financial literacy.

As a program that puts young people on a track to economic self-sufficiency, Girl Scouts of Connecticut's College Pathways contributes to the economic health of Hartford and, consequently, the state of Connecticut. College Pathways is available free of charge to Hartford girls thanks to support from Travelers and Lincoln Financial.



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Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the premier organization for girls in the state - providing over 66,000 girls and adults with opportunities and experiences that develop their potential and empower them with the self-confidence and leadership skills to improve themselves and the world around them.

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