Time to Think About Summer Camp

March, 2018

Summer can be a time for kids to explore new interests, pursue old ones, make new friends, or learn new skills. And, of course, it’s a time to just have some fun. Here are some ideas to help you plan a summer for your child that combines some or all of these things. It’s our annual list of 2e-friendly camps and programs.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list nor is it a list of camps or programs that 2e Newsletter endorses. It’s just a little help in getting you started on your search.

Arete Academy of Exceptional Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota. This 2e-friendly school offers an array of summer classes. According to the school, a newly-revised website will be up soon and include details of summer programs. Last year’s link was: www.areteacademymn.org/events.php?type=Summer%20Camp.

Aspire Summer Camp. The Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children offer a variety of summer day camps for different ages. The target audience consists of children with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related profile. The camp offers a combination of recreational activities and therapeutic interventions. The program is aimed at helping participants learn social skills and other behavioral strategies through group participation in recreational, social, educational, community, and vocational activities. The camp’s website says that 2018 information is coming soon. See: www.massgeneral.org/children/aspire/services/child-programs-overview.aspx?display=summer-camp.

Buddy Building Camp,  Southern California, June 18 to July 13, 2018. This four-week day camp, specifically for twice-exceptional children ages 8 to 13, offers the chance to learn social skills such as team-building, sportsmanship, conflict resolution, and cooperative play through sports, art, nature activities, and visits to local museums, beaches, and organizations. The camp takes place on a ranch just north of Los Angeles. Camp founder and clinical psychologist Lesli Preuss, affiliated with the Bridges Academy for 2e students, has a private practice specializing in working with twice-exceptional kids. Consultation with Dr. Preuss is required prior to acceptance into the program. See www.drlesli.com/buddy-building-camp-llc or call 917-697-2227.

Camp Summit West for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative, Marin Headlands, California, June 17-23. Also Camp Summit East at North Bay Adventure, Maryland, August dates to be determined. According to the psychologists from the Summit Center who developed this week-long residential program, its purpose is to allow gifted, talented, and creative kids from 9-15 to have fun while enjoying stimulating and challenging experiences in a beautiful environment. Activities include self-exploration workshops, creative and expressive arts, outdoor ecology studies, strategy games, simulations, and hands-on design projects along with more typical camp activities. While not exclusively designed for twice-exceptional children, they are welcome. (Parents are encouraged to raise 2e issues in advance to ensure that the camp is a good fit for their child.) See: www.campsummitforthegifted.com.

Child Mind Institute Summer Program, New York City, July 12-27. This four-week summer treatment program is aimed at children five through nine who have ADHD or who need help with behavioral, learning and social issues, according to the Institute See: https://childmind.org/center/summer-program.

Comedy Summer Camp,  at 98 5th  Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York Monday-Thursday  half-day sessions weekly on dates in July and August. For “average and above-average learners with lagging skills in social/emotional skills development including challenges with ADD or pragmatic language,” according to the camp’s organizer, Pat Sciortino. Sciortino holds a master’s degree in special education and is an educational consultant and 2e learning specialist. She says the camp will incorporate humor to focus players on specific life skills development. The camp uses improvisational play and theater games to target social intelligence and stand-up comedy to target emotional intelligence. Look for more information at http://enterlaughing.com, or call Pat Sciortino at 646-544-7447.

Druidawn Summer Fantasy Camp, Lafayette, Colorado, various sessions in June and July. Now in its 18th year, this summer day camp is a creative writing, art, and role-playing game program for students ages 7-15. Throughout the week, participants work on fantasy writing, sword making, live-action story-telling, and fantasy art. Also featured: Druidawn role-playing games, including the interactive Druidawn game. See: www.creative-writing-solutions.com/Fantasy-Camp.html.

The Quad Manhattan Summer Camp, New York City, July 2 to August 10. This summer day camp is conducted by the Quad Manhattan, an educational and recreational center for twice-exceptional children in Manhattan. It accepts children from pre K-8th grade and places them in small groups led by special educators and technology and arts specialists. The focus is on developing talents, pursuing interests, building lasting friendships, and working on social and executive functioning skill building. Camp takes place at the Quad Prep School on Pine Street in Lower Manhattan. See: www.thequadmanhattan.com/summer.

Satori, Cheney, Washington (on the main campus of Eastern Washington University), July 22-28. This week-long residential program is for academically and intellectually talented students 12 to 18 years of age. A day-camp option is also available. The stated goal of the camp is to offer campers a taste of college with others who share their enthusiasm for learning in an academic and social environment. Wait for updated information to appear at www.satoricamp.org.

SOAR. This organization offers a North Carolina Twice-Exceptional Adventure, June 13 to June 30 and July 11 to August 5; and a Wyoming Twice-Exceptional Adventure, June 13 to June 30 and July 25 to August 11. Both outdoor adventure programs are designed to meet the needs of gifted students from 12 to 15 who also have LDs. Both programs offer a variety of outdoor activities, depending on the location, plus experiential/environmental learning opportunities. See: http://soarnc.org/soar-course/nc-twice-exceptional-adventure or https://soarnc.org/soar-course/wy-twice-exceptional-adventure.

Summer on the Brain, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, various dates in June and July. The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center offers various summer residential and day programs aimed at students in elementary school, middle school, and high school. See: www2.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/students/ default.aspx?o=0&s=class-&g=/.

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