Embody campers

Beauty, Justice, and Faith in Action

Ready to get a taste of college life, build community, and engage intellectually with matters of faith and religion? The Embody Theology Summer Institute offers high school girls a six-day stay on beautiful Saint Mary’s campus, the first institution to grant women advanced degrees in theology. In the tradition of empowering women’s leadership, participants will meet people from across the country, learn about themselves, develop valuable pre-college academic skills, and discover what it means to think “theologically.” 

Throughout the week participants will:

  • Spend each morning studying and reflecting on the Christian tradition in a classroom setting and earn college credit
  • Learn about women’s contributions to the academic study of theology and service to the world
  • Build friendships in a small group led by a Saint Mary’s College student mentor
  • Engage your heart and hands in outdoor experiential learning, including at Saint Mary’s sustainable farm
  • Begin and end each day practicing different types of Christian prayer 
  • Eat in a dining hall, sleep in the dorms, and enjoy fun evening activities like karaoke, campfire s’mores, crafts, or sports

At Embody, you will develop the skills and the support to ask big questions about who God is, what it means to be human, and what justice looks like while immersing yourself in Saint Mary’s beautiful campus.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive one hour of elective college credit from Saint Mary's College!

2024 Camp Information

Embody Theology Summer Institute

For girls entering grades 9-12 as of September 2024

Dates: July 21-26

Cost: $449
Scholarships Available - Apply Now

Interested in learning more about the Embody Theology Summer Institute? Fill out our Interest Form!



About the Director

Julia Feder, Ph.D. is a Catholic feminist theologian who researches Christian ideas about human suffering.  She is the assistant director of the Center for the Study of Spirituality and associate professor of religious Studies and theology at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN.  She is the author of Incarnating Grace: A Theology of Healing from Sexual Trauma and co-principal investigator of “Just One Jesuit: Communities’ Accounts of the Effects of Clergy Abuse Through the Lens of a Singular Priest’s Mission Activities,” a grant from Fordham University’s “Taking Responsibility Project.” 


We know how important choosing a summer camp is for you and because of this, we are here to answer any questions that you have!

Call: (574) 284-4778


Discussing Faith
At Embody, you'll discover new dimensions of your faith and learn how to make it part of all the aspects of your life. Work through your personal questions with the support of camp faculty, mentors, and peers.

Why Embody?
Curious about Embody Theology Summer Institute for high school girls? Our faculty and staff give a brief overview of the week, why it's important, and who should come.

Serving the Community
During Embody, you'll spend time out in the local community at various non-profits. You'll learn what it means to serve versus help and how that action enhances your own life.


The Embody Theology Summer Institute is supported by a grant by Lilly Endowment, Inc.