"I believe that girls and women have a right to be themselves and that they are just as strong and capable as anyone else. Hardy Girls Healthy Women has taught me how to speak up in situations that might be uncomfortable and has set me up for greater opportunities in life." - Mackenzie
An interactive program for girls in grades 2-6, Adventure Girls gives girls the opportunity to meet once a month with women who are defying gender stereotypes and challenging notions of what a girl or woman “should” do or be. Adventure Girls brings girls together with college mentors and women facilitators to learn how mountaineers, race car drivers, boat captains, and other daring women chose to do what they do and how they've found the courage to follow their dreams.
Prices and Scholarships Adventures are $20 per session with scholarships available. You can register for the entire season at a discounted rate of $220. Adventure Girls t-shirts are being offered for free while supplies last. Individuals can register online using this link or download the registration form and mail it to Hardy Girls.
Please register at least one day prior to an event to reserve a spot. All sessions are held on Saturdays held from 1pm-3pm for individual registration. Morning adventure sessions will be held from 10a-12p, on an as needed basis for in-demand adventures and for participants on a waiting list. Participants can register for the morning slot when available and by contacting Hardy Girls directly.
The cost is $20 per adventure. Events must be pre-paid. Full and partial scholarships are always available for events by session block (fall, winter, spring) or by individual session. Group rates of $15/girl are available for sign-ups of 3 or more - group registration here. Girls need to be dropped off by a parent/guardian at the specified activity location.Adventure Girls t-shirts are FREE! while supplies last.
Scholarship Policy: There has been a change to our scholarship policy this year in that scholarship registrations are only currently being accepted for the Fall Block of adventures. Scholarship registration for the Winter Block of adventures will open on November 5, 2013, and for the Spring Block on February 18, 2013.
The Season’s Schedule of Events All sessions are held on Saturdays from 1-3pm, unless otherwise indicated. Individual activities are $20 each. Events must be pre-paid. Scholarships are always available for events by block or by individual event. Group rates of $15 per girl available for sign-ups of 3 or more.
December 7th: Jane of All TradesRegister today! Meet Lib Jamison and the women of Women Unlimited who will teach us about women in the fields of carpentry, construction and more. In this adventure girls will work together and learn what makes a bridge strong and how to build one! Location: Hardy Girls, 177 Main St., Waterville ME 04901
January 25th: Miss Wizard! Register today! Meet physics professor Lisa Lessard and learn how everything in the universe affects every other thing from the cosmos to the weather! Science can be fun too! From spinning chairs to electric circuits and floating boats, girls will learn hands on how everything interacts! Location: 3rd floor Mudd Building, Colby College, 4000 Mayflower Hill Dr., Waterville ME 04901
February 1st: These Snowshoes Were Made For Trekking!Register today! Hiking is not just for the warmer months! Meet Ellen Wells, the Community Wellness Coordinator at Inland Hospital, and Lauren Jacobs,a coach with Healthy Hometowns, a program of the Maine Winter Sports Center, and embark on a snowshoeing adventure! Girls will snowshoe with Ellen and Lauren at the Inland Woods and Pine Ridge Trails while learning about their careers in both the community health and outdoor adventure fields. Location: Inland Hospital, 200 Kennedy Memorial Dr, Waterville, ME 04901
February 15th: Stick It to ‘EmRegister today! Pucks, slapshots, and frosty fun await the adventure girl who comes out to meet Amanda Vickerson, Colby grad and ice hockey player. Learn the game and find out what all those pads are for! This event is for all skill levels. Ice skates: bring ‘em if you have ‘em but they are not required. Location: Johnson Pond, Colby College, 4000, Mayflower Hill Dr., ME 04901
March 1st: Chop To It! Register today! Meet Cassidy Dangler, who became at 10 years old the youngest person to receive a black belt in Waterville. Now a Junior at Waterville High School, Cassidy is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, sensei (teacher in Japanese) at Club Naha and much more! Learn about women in martial arts and self-defense! Learn what it takes to be a martial arts champion and enjoy some physical fitness during the winter! Location: Club Naha at the Alfond Youth Center, 126 North St., Waterville ME 04901
March 22nd and March 29th: Women Who Weld Register today! What’s a job that’s fun, makes a lot of money, and lets you travel? Meet Edie Benttinen of D&E Metalworks to learn the art of using an oxyacetylene torch to cut a design out of steel. Participants will get cut their own designs and have them turned into garden stakes or wind chimes. Location: D&E Metalworks, 772 Rome Rd., Mercer, ME 04957
April 12th: Drum to Your Own Beat Register today! Meet Phyllis Capanna, a therapist, writer, and musician, who has been drumming for about 10 years and is a founding member of Maine-based Rhythm Rising Frame Drum Ensemble. Girls will learn about drums from different countries and how they are played. We will learn a simple song and—who knows!—may even dance a little! Location: Hardy Girls, 177 Main St., Waterville ME 04901
May 10th: Rugged Ruggers Register today! Meet the Colby Women’s Rugby Team and join them out on the field to learn about the sport, and what makes it so fun to play! The team will teach the girls the basics, let the girls practice their moves, and share some of their wisdom on what it takes to be a female college athlete. Be sure to wear clothes to get dirty in! Location: the sports field across from Johnson Pond at Colby College 4000 Mayflower Hill, ME 04901
Thank you to our sponsors! Through the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to ensure that all girls can attend Adventure Girls sessions regardless of their ability to pay. Thank you!
Funded in part by grants from MaineGeneral Health, the Maine Women's Fund and People's United Community Foundation.