Camp BroaderWay is a sleep-away program where our girls experience traditional camp activities including swimming, rock climbing, and campfires, in addition to stage, dance, and voice fundamentals. They have an exciting choice of electives to help them discover where their interests might lie, e.g. painting, sign language, storyboard, spoken word, acting, choreography, photography, Playbill, digital scrapbook, and sculpting.
Our goal at Camp BroaderWay is to utilize dance, voice, spoken word and stage classes to help the girls find their voices and have a new means of self-expression, both individually and within a group. Girls are selected for the ABW program based on their willingness to take risks and immerse themselves in the process. Each of the classes is built around a common theme, customized for each of the age groups. Through spoken word and improvisational workshops, campers have the opportunity to raise their voices and speak up about the issues that are important to them.
In 2015, we successfully introduced a Leader-In-Training (LIT) program for graduates of the four-year camp program. The purpose of our LIT program is to train and prepare experienced campers for leadership roles in their schools, communities and life beyond high school. Our LITs attend the American Camp Association’s Teen Leadership Conference held at Bank Street College. This one-day event is designed to educate teen leaders on leadership, communications and professionalism as it relates, not only to camp, but to the “real world” as well.
School Year Program
Our Year-Round Program is comprised of three distinct components; Workshops, Experiences, and Mentoring.
Half-day workshops are offered to our campers throughout the year where each age group studies one discipline per year. Topics include voice (music and singing), dance, spoken word/poetry and stage/theater. This allows us to grant exposure to a variety of art forms, build on their camp experiences as well as examine various aspects and styles of each art form.
Experiences such as attending performances are key to achieving our mission of giving our campers opportunities to participate and observe various art forms. They also participate in pre-show study guide activities or discussions for context, and a talkback afterward to reflect on the performance. We know how important it is for our students to have a practical experience outside of ABW. We believe in the value of ABW girls traveling to other institutions, in and out of their neighborhoods, to work with creative professionals with different teaching styles. We are always seeking new partners to expand on these experiences.
ABW Graduates, former campers who have graduated out of the 4-year camper program, have their own school year programming which includes participation in various courses. Two examples of this are financial literacy courses taught by PricewaterhouseCoopers professionals as part of their Earn Your Future Initiative and Neuberger Berman “Boot Camp” that teaches interviewing skills, telling “your story” and dressing the part.
Connections is an opportunity to match individuals, groups and/or organizations with ABW graduates based on common interests. They then work together to learn and explore opportunities. Some examples include college scholarship search, gallery visits, voice lessons, job shadowing and college visits.