Girls on the Run program offers summer camps to educate girls on self-respect, healthy living

Girls on the Run, an interactive running and life skills program for girls in third through eighth grades, has announced the dates for its summer camps.

The curriculum is designed to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living through warm-ups and workouts that encourage emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical health.

This year’s camps will be held June 9-13 at Lyter Elementary in Montoursville and Ashkar Elementary School in Hughesville.

There also will be one June 16-20 at Rommelt Middle School in South Williamsport. Each camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Since 2004, more than 1,900 girls in Lycoming County have participated in the program. It is offered as a 10-week after-school program and one-week summer camp.

The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and is set up in 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.

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 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Appalachian Horse Help and Rescue, Salvation Army and Shepherd 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 shows a significant improvement in body image, eating attitudes and self-esteem, improved sense of identity and an increasingly active lifestyle for program participants.

For more information about Girls on the Run, contact Michelle McElwee at 570-322-7873 or visit