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Happy Campers. Video by Shannon Domaniewski with additional photography by Grace Heidinger '18.

We're Reimagining Summer@SEM 2020

June 22 - August 14, 2020

This year we welcome girls entering 4th grade 

for Summer@SEM Junior with entering 5th graders!


We've been here for 169 years.
We'll be here for your daughter this summer.

It may not look like camp has before - but we are committed to being a resource for your daughter to find community, routine, fun & learning - be it virtual or actual or a combination.

Read this story in the March 21 Buffalo News to find out how SEM leads
in distance learning & community connection.



New fun includes:
Golf for Beginners
Food with Friends - cooking basics class with Chef Krista Van Wagner
Superheroes of the Future, Girl Coders - with individualized projects

Find Your Funny - Improv writing & performance

Good Morning Summer@SEM - writing & videography


Favorites are back by popular demand:
The Voice, Make-up & Up-dos, Dolphin Tank, Upcycle Couture with Fashion Lab NY


Always popular:

Creative Chemistry, Dragonworld, It's a Small World, Learn-to-Row at the BSRA, Sailing at the Buffalo Yacht Club


Sleepaway@SEM welcomes girls from around the world and around the region to live in our student residences and experience life in our fun, safe, interesting American city.

Buffalo is a New York Times 50 Best Places to Visit


  • High School Preparation

  • ELL

  • Evening & Weekend Trips & Activities (past summers: Shakespeare in the Park, Niagara Falls, Laser Tag, Movie nights, bonfires & smores.)


Sleepaway@SEM is cancelled for 2020.

Meet Our Director

Elizabeth Coffey





Elizabeth Coffey received a BA in philosophy and religious studies from Buffalo State College and an MA in secondary education from Canisius College in 2008.

Elizabeth teaches AP Biology and AP Government at SEM and has also been athletic director and a house parent in our residential program. She has also been a member of the Peace Corps and a Teach for America teacher.

Summer 2020 is Lizz's third as Director of Summer Programs.


This summer, we’re excited to let you know we're using WALDO, a new photo delivery service where you can get all the photos of your camper delivered straight to your phone!

No more wondering whether it was a good day, we'll deliver proof of fun!

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Cost - it’s free!




Curious? Learn how it works in this quick video

After you register your camper, Waldo instructions to set up the texts will follow.