Girls on the Run program announces summer camps

Girls on the Run, an interactive running and life skills program for girls in grades 3 through 8, will hold three summer camps in June.

The program is designed to educate pre-teen girls on self-respect and healthy living, and combine that with warm-ups and workouts to encourage emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical health.

All camps will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. No more than 30 girls will be accepted at each camp and girls will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Camps will be held June 10 through 14 at Lyter Elementary School, Montoursville, and June 17 through 21 at Rommelt Middle School, South Williamsport and Ashkar Elementary School, Hughesville.

The camp curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and covers three parts.

Part 1: Who am I??What are my values? What are my goals?

Part 2: Team building: What does it mean to be supportive and supported?

Part 3: Finding my place and my voice in the community.

A fee will be charged for the program, which includes snacks at each session and a T-shirt. No girl will be denied participation because of financial need; scholarships are available.

“I am hopeful that all of the camps will fill to capacity as we have at least four coaches trained for each location,” said Michelle McElwee, Girls on the Run council director. “The program has the ability to touch the lives of not only the participants but also the coaches, parents and the community.”

The program has enough coaches for each of their camps, but will continue to recruit for new volunteers and potential future sites to host the program at schools, churches and community centers.

About 1,800 girls have participated in Girls on the Run since 2004. During the school year, the program is offered as a 10-week after-school program.

Girls may choose to conduct a community service project as part of the 10-week program. Some past projects have helped the Lycoming County Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals, Appalachian Horse Help and Rescue, Salvation Army and Shepheard of the Streets.

At the end of the program, girls are encouraged to complete in a running event in their community with their team members.

Academic evaluation of the program has shown a significant improvement in body image, eating attitudes and self-esteem, as well as improved sense of identity and an increasingly active lifestyle for program participants.

The program is a part of Diakon Family Life Services and is funded by the Lycoming County United Way and West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission.

For more information about Girls on the Run, contact McElwee at 322-7873 or visit