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Group of Girls Meeting girls with similar interests...

A two-year program divided into 7th and 8th grade curricula encourages long-lasting friendships between girls with similar interests.

Not only is there so much to learn and discover, but the fun in doing so brings many 7th grade campers back for another awesome year!

This allows for many girls to maintain and build friendships over the course of two summers, and hopefully throughout their future endeavors.

For more information, contact:

Camp Director:
Mrs. JoAnn Benseler

Ms. Jessica Fetrow

Famous Women in Math & Science

Marie Curie

Born in Poland, she, with a master's degree in physics and mathematics, and her husband were the first to discover the nature of radioactivity and to recognize and isolate radium and polonium.

Elizabeth Blackwell

Strived to become a doctor despite rejection from schools and others who did not see her fit to study medicine. She went on to open a private practice in a one-room apartment in New York City, which eventually became a college for women, operated by women. During the Civil War she organized a unit of women nurses.

Emilie du Châtelet

Her primary contribution to mathematics was the translation into French of Sir Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica (theory of gravitation/laws of motion). Emilie's later years were devoted to teaching, an unusual occurence in a time when women were not thought of as educators.

Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997)
Studied at the University of California to become a physicist. She taught nuclear physics at Princeton University and later worked on the wartime Manhattan Project developing instruments to detect radiation. She became the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Princeton.

Barbara McClintock

Born in Connecticut, she attended Cornell University to study genetics. After earning her PhD in 1927, she continued her research at Cornell in the field of botany and became famous for the "jumping gene" discovery, proving that genes can move from one site to another on the same chromosome. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine in 1983.

Sophie Germaine (1776-1831)
Born in Paris, she had no formal schooling, yet studied independently, submitting a paper to Lagrange (a famous mathematician who taught at the Ecolé Polytechnique.) In 1816, she submitted a grand prize winning paper to the French Academy based on the calculus of variations. Her pioneering work on vibrating elastic surfaces helped scientists solve problems in building construction.

Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
After receiving her doctorate degree for her study of anthropology at Columbia University, she headed for the South Sea Islands of American Samoa in 1925. She became a famous anthropologist, lecturer, and author.
Be WISE Campers Speak
What did I like most about Be WISE Camp?

  • The fun side of math and science is taught and learned.
  • I liked camp so much that I wish it would last longer -- it was an awesome experience!
  • The teachers and counselors were always polite and kind to us. They treated us as equals.
  • I made "friends" quicker in 5 days than in 9 months of school. It is such a positive environment.
  • I liked that this camp was only for girls and how everyone was focused on helping girls learn and succeed.
  • It was an awesome camp where you meet new people, have fun while learning, and try new things.
  • I had more fun than I thought I would.
  • I loved the fact that our "family" living group was like a real family.
  • I loved doing all the "hands-on" activities in classes.
  • One thing I will remember is the awesome friendships I made.
  • I liked learning things girls our age rarely get to learn.
  • It was cool to get a taste of college life.
  • Teachers connect with you in special ways.
  • The classes proved to me that women can succeed in science if they try.
  • The food was awesome.
  • At school sometimes you feel "left out" if you are smart. Here you feel welcome and the classes are really fun.
  • Classes were amazing -- I learned so much in just one week!
  • I no longer was the "smart girl with glasses" - I was respected and that meant a lot to me.
  • It was hard to be homesick because there was always a lot going on.


What "new" thing did you try this week?

what new thing...

  • Stuck a skewer through a blown-up balloon and didn't break the balloon.
  • Actually did some chemistry experiments in a laboratory.
  • Went off the high dive at the swimming pool.
  • Slept in a college dorm.
  • Went to camp - it was a great first experience.
  • Went into the pond to find creatures to put under a microscope.
  • Made paper.
  • Learned how to get closer to people.
  • Tried staying overnight at camp and lasted the whole week!
  • Learned about landfills and watersheds.
  • Was put inside a bubble in Physics.
  • Blew my first bubble with bubble gum.
  • Made so many new friends in a short period of time.
  • Got to know my "family" members past what I judged them to be at first.
  • Made gluep.
  • Actually held a living, crawling, pinching crawdad! I never would have thought I could.
  • Built a "bridge" out of index cards.
  • Made a "super" bubble.
  • Stepped out of my comfort zone and was NOT quiet and shy all the time.

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Be WISE 7th Grade Camp Experience
One day is devoted to each field. After 3:00PM there are "all-camp" and recreational activities including swimming, volleyball, tennis, etc.
What does it mean to "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle?" In Ecology campers learn how to make new things from recycling paper, plastics and aluminum. Oil slicks and the damage they cause to animals and birds are discussed and campers learn how to clean birds which have been affected by them. How much ecofoam can you dissolve in 2 teaspoons of water and vinegar? Come to camp and find out.

Science: Stream

In this class campers will join in the excitement of catching critters that live in the stream. They will take part in designing their own watershed communities and then put their designs to the "test" and observe and discuss the outcomes. Then the campers will engage in a little competition to develop a water purification device that will "cleanse" dirty or polluted water and test their results. Finally, campers will put their skills to work by dissecting preserved crayfish.
Math 7
Students will build tetrahedronal kites. The models will then be combined to make a larger tetrahedron, and students will compare the ratio of the edge, area, and volume to the models to help understand scaling factors.




The focus in physics is on the science of bubbles. Our goal is to discover which gum and soap solution produces the largest bubbles. We will experiment with each solution and gum brand in order to draw conclusions. Students literally will immerse themselves in bubbles to discover which gum brand and soap solution produces the largest bubbles.

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Be WISE 8th Grade Camp Experience

One day is devoted to each field. After 3:00PM there are "all-camp" and recreational activities including swimming, volleyball, tennis, etc.

The study of the stars, the moon, the planets and the solar system is achieved through the creation and analysis of the bodies. The power and impact of the phases of the moon are illustrated and articulated. This year especially we will take a look at what we have learned or gained from the space program. We will also look to the future and discuss what questions we still have about the universe.
Astronomy Astronomy
Students will study the Periodic Table where they will learn about atoms, elements, molecules and compounds. Different types of polymers will be created and their different properties will be discussed. Students will complete and experiment using household items to study endothermic-exothermic reactions.
How would you like to move ahead in time and earn paychecks for your work as an engineer? You can work with a team to build bridges and discover how the numbers of women and men compare in different professions. You can save money, earn interest, and shop with your very own credit card! Plus, you'll play a fun game to test your shopping skills and a fast-paced card game where you can recognize sets that go together.
Math 8
Math 8

At the pond you will be Limnologists. Your job for the day will be to decide if the pond at Denison University is healthy. You will conduct several chemical tests plus collect and observe various macroinvertebrates. Finally, all the girls will combine their results and come to a consensus as to the healthiness of the pond.

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Life Science/Pond

Life Science: Pond
Camper Schedule
In general, the camper schedule is as follows:

 7:45 - 8:45............................................ Breakfast

 9:15 - 12:15........................................... Classes (Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs.)
 12:30 - 1:30........................................... Lunch

 1:45 - 2:45............................................ Class Wrap-Up

 3:00 - 4:30............................................ Rec Time (Swimming, tennis, volleyball, etc.)

 4:30 - 5:30............................................ Free Time (Get cleaned up for evening activities)

 5:30 - 6:45............................................ Dinner

 7:00 - 9:15............................................ Evening Activity

 9:30 - 10:15.......................................... Family Meeting

 10:45.................................................... Lights Out!
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