empower girls

Mission & Values

Our mission

Camp Jeanne d’Arc: on a bold mission to help families build strong girls

Camp Jeanne d'Arc partners with families from all over the world to empower girls at summer camp to find their voice, discover their talents, and realize their value. It's the most important thing we can do for our girls as they grow and mature.

Find her voice

She’ll be encouraged to stand up, stand out, take risks, and try new things.

Discover her talents

She’ll explore a wide variety of new activities in an emotionally safe environment.

Realize her value

She’ll engage in activities and relationships that emphasize her inherent worth and value in the world.

we empower girls at summer camp through strong female leadership

Values shape who we are.

Become our best selves

We value empowering girls at summer camp through the encouragement of physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellness

EMPOWERMENT

We value empowering every individual girl to recognize her worth

PLAY AND CONNECTION

We value wholesome play and a connection with nature and others

INCLUSION

We value an inclusive environment, striving for understanding and respect for all

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Our Motto

Faith, endurance, courage, and confidence

The qualities of faith, endurance, courage, and confidence were exemplified by Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) in the 15th century. Our mission today is to empower our campers with these same strengthening characteristics.

we empower girls at summer camp as they learn new skills and discover who they are and what they are good at

Frequently asked questions

You have questions, we have answers. Go through your most frequently asked questions about empowering girls at summer camp.

Absolutely not! We are a camp of inclusion, acceptance, and respect. On Sundays, we provide an opportunity for campers to build their faith, but we also provide a non-religious option. Campers are asked to choose one of the following 1-hour activities: 1) Non-religious Inspirational Service, 2) Catholic Mass or 3) Bible Stories.  At the end of the campfire each night, we recite the Lord’s Prayer together. Singing grace before and after each meal is also part of our camp tradition.

We talk a lot about Camp Spirit at JDA. This tradition dates all the way back to 1922 with our founder, Ruth “Colonel” McIntyre. Camp Spirit is that special quality within each one of us which is often overlooked; frequently overshadowed by more visible talents. Camp Spirit is kindness, selflessness, compassion, persistence, positivity, honesty, and goodness. Each week we recognize a camper in each cabin who has exemplified extraordinary “Camp Spirit.” She receives a “Weekly Fleur de Lis” necklace to keep and wear with honor. 

Campers are given many opportunities to find their voices. This sense of self comes as campers have opportunities to make their own choices and to step up and participate. Campers may choose to speak up in a cabin chat, perform in a talent show, participate in giving a morning talk, go out for a club, do a reading at church, earn a pin in archery, drop a waterski,–and the list goes on and on and on. 

Your daughter will have an opportunity to try many activities at camp. The morning activities will be pre-assigned, including a wide range and variety. All campers will try every activity. Campers are given a choice in their afternoon activities.

Many camp activities are selected in an effort to help our girls see their inherent value and worth. Service projects performed on Sundays are a good example. As campers help make a blanket for a local shelter or design a special recognition for their counselor, they are asked to look outward to make a difference in the life of another. In addition, our emphasis placed on inclusion and acceptance allows each and every camper to know that she is valuable and accepted into the CJDA family, just the way she is. 

Join the adventure this summer!