This summer residential program takes place in the heart of the nation’s capital with participants surrounded by national monuments and staying just blocks from the United States Capitol. Participants explore the District of Columbia and during classroom sessions learn about the United States political system. Participants choose to run their own mock campaign for United States House of Representatives, United States Senate or for United States President. During the program participants meet with legislators, congressional staff and women working as professionals in the political sector.
Itinerary Day 1 | The United States Government; Past, Present and the Future
Sunday (July 7, 2024)
Arrival in Washington, DC
Smithsonian Museum of American History
Classroom: Introduction to American Government
Day 2 | The National Mall
Monday ( July 8, 2024)
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial
Classroom: Running for Office
Social Hour and Twilight Bus Tour
Day 3 | A Day on Capitol Hill
Tuesday (July 9, 2024)
Meet with Legislators
Library of Congress
Classroom: Guest Speakers
Day 4 | Exploring the Administration
Wednesday (July 10, 2024)
United States Pentagon Tour
Historic Treasury Building Tour
Classroom: Elections and Serving Congress
Day 5 | Exploring the Administration Continued
Thursday (July 11, 2024)
The FBI Experience
Departure from Washington, DC
Age and Program Capacity
This summer program is intended for girls between the ages of 12 and 17. The program capacity is 30 students.
Tuition and Registration
Tuition includes hotel accommodations, meals, ground transportation, camp insurance, all program materials and four Girls in Politics Initiative shirts. Tuition is $1799. Payment option 1: A non-refundable deposit due at registration of $499 with the $1300 balance of tuition due on or before February 1, 2024. Payment option 2: Payment in full of tuition at time of registration. Due to the advanced preparation required for this program, registration will close on February 10, 2024.
Arrival and Departure
Parents and guardians are responsible for the cost and arranging of transportation to/from Washington Reagan International Airport for participants arriving by air. A staff member will be at the airport to receive participants at their arrival gate and again to escort participants to their departure gate. Participants should depart Washington, DC between 2pm and 6pmET on Thursday, July 11, 2024. Participants arriving by car will meet a staff member at the host hotel. Parents may arrange a pickup/drop-off by GIP staff at Union Station for those participants arriving and departing by train. All participants should arrive in Washington, DC prior to 12pmET on July 7, 2024.
Accommodations and Meals
Participants will stay at a Marriott or Hilton property in the National Mall area. Sleeping rooms are double occupancy queen beds with two participants per room. Participants will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snacks will be available during the day. Meals can accommodate participants with vegetarian diets, nut allergies and dairy allergies. Staff will stay on-site at the hotel with campers. Participants will always be under the supervision of staff.
Participants should wear comfortable attire that includes athletic shoes. Each participant will receive four Girls in Politics Initiative shirts to wear during the program. A suggested packing list will be sent with the program welcome packet.
Within 24 hours following receipt of your registration confirmation, you may cancel your program registration and receive a full refund. After 24 hours the tuition or deposit becomes non-refundable. If a participant is unable to attend for any reason, a voucher for the tuition paid up to the date cancellation will be issued. The voucher may be used for any future program and will not expire.
Any dispute concerning these Terms & Conditions and/or any other matter concerning the trip, including, but not limited to, any events and circumstances occurring during the trip, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration in Washington, DC, according to the then existing commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association. Such proceedings will be governed by substantive (but not procedural) District of Columbia law. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this Agreement, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this Agreement is void or voidable. By accepting these Terms and Conditions at the time of registration, you are irrevocably, unconditionally, and expressly submitting to binding arbitration, in lieu of having any such dispute decided in a court of law before a jury.
Questions and Information Sessions
Parents and guardians can email the Girls in Politics Initiative at email@example.com for additional information or request a virtual information session to speak directly with the registrar.