A day & overnight travel camp for boys entering grades 6th-9th who present with ADHD or learning differences.
Located in Ventnor, New Jersey
Social Skills | Executive Function Skills | Independent Skills
Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW-Director

I’m interested in my son having a successful summer!


Our school-year services 
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Specializing in ADHD, learning differences & related challenges
Counseling |Groups & Programs | Executive Function Treatment
Linwood, NJ & Bryn Mawr, PA
Ages 7-22

 

About

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Summer Trip Camp was designed for boys who are looking for an active summer experience and parents who are looking for a program that will help their sons develop important social, executive functioning, self-regulation and age-expected independent skills.

We teach important life skills that are not taught in schools or camps, including ADHD camps and social skills camps. 

The program which began in 2017 was designed for boys who enjoy “learning while doing” and would benefit from spending time with a small group of similar-age boys who understand them.   Our small program size provides a high degree of individualized attention and supervision.  

The experience we provide isn’t about the highly specialized skill development strategies we integrate into our daily program…it’s about the close friendships that are formed.

Skills we teach at Summer Trip Camp include:

  • learning to form genuine friendships without the involvement of video games 
  • being attuned to others’ thoughts and feelings (reading social cues)
  • understanding how you come across to others
  • managing money
  • learning how to feel the passage of time
  • developing situational awareness (reading a room)
  • being responsible for one’s belongings
  • being flexible in order to work as part of a group
  • self-advocacy skills
  • expressing emotions in a manner expected for one’s age
  • accepting constructive feedback
  • resolving conflicts peacefully
  • developing self-confidence and a sense of accountability to others

Summer Travel Camp is not a “social skills camp” or a special needs summer camp.  The skills we teach are not taught at ADHD camps or social skills camps.

We provide a structured, fun learning experience designed for boys to develop skills they may not have developed intuitively due to ADHD or learning differences. 

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you and your son about being part of an amazing summer experience.  

Please contact us to discuss next steps.

 

Skills We Teach

We teach the following social thinking® skills during Summer Trip Camp:

  • Being cognitively flexible
  • Managing anxiety in new situations
  • Using humor appropriately
  • Developing positive self-talk
  • Understanding one’s responsibility in sustaining friendships
  • Understanding how your words and actions are interpreted by others
  • Differentiating between “small problems” and “big problems”
  • Social problem solving skills
  • Understanding other’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions
  • Persevering through non-preferred tasks/activities
  • Expressing emotions in a way expected for one’s age
  • Developing situational awareness a.ka. “reading a room”

Our progressive curriculum is based around developing important executive function skills and independent skills such as:

  • Managing money and belongings
  • Successfully working in a group with peers (group projects)
  • Planning ahead
  • Being able to feel the passage of time
  • Cooking
  • Maintaining good hygiene
  • Using past experiences to plan for the future
  • Taking a leadership role

The skills we teach are based on the following methodologies and curricula.  Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW, Camp Director has more training in these methodologies than any Clinician or Camp Director throughout the Philadelphia area.

Methodologies we integrate into Summer Trip Camp include: 

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Dates and Tuition

Summer Travel Camp 2019 dates and tuition will be posted in the fall. 

Tuition includes all activities, admission fees, camp t-shirt and lunch.
Parents provide a small amount of spending money for trips.

Summer Trip camp does not have scholarships or financial aid available.

Enrollment Deposit:   A $500.00 deposit is required to reserve a space.   Deposit is fully refundable until May 30, 2019.  Deposit is non-refundable after May 30, 2019.

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Where We Go and What We Do

Monday through Wednesday we combine nonacademic lessons in executive functioning, Social Thinking and independent skills with daily trips out into the community.  Each Thursday-Friday we are on an overnight trip where we stay in a hotel.  The purpose of our weekly overnight trip is to help put the skills we are teaching into use so they can be generalized.   

A sample of our past day trips include:
-Trip to Herr’s Factor
-USS Constitution Tour
-State Park for swimming and boating
-Laser Tag & Bowling

Tentative 2019 Trips 
-Point Pleasant beach/Boardwalk
-Lancaster County, PA
-Keansburg Beach & Boardwalk
-Rehoboth Beach/Fenwick Island
-Cape May/Whale Watch

Summer Travel Camp is an electronics-free camp meaning campers do not bring smartphones, tablets, etc. with them to camp.  

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Meet Ryan Wexelblatt-Summer Trip Camp Director

Welcome, I’m glad you’re interested in learning more about Summer Trip Camp.    My name is Ryan, I’m a licensed clinical social worker and the Director of Ride the Wave Counseling  located in Linwood, NJ and Bryn Mawr, PA.    I began my summer camp career at age 3 and have spent the majority of my life working at, creating and directing various summer camps and programs. 

My initial motivation for learning all I could about executive functioning and social learning stemmed from my son, whom I adopted an an older child in 2006.   When I began searching for local programs to help him with social skills I learned that all of the social skills group in the area were geared for kids with autism which he does not have.  None were designed for kids like him who had a combination of ADHD and learning differences.   Diving head first into this field led to me creating a number of school-year social learning programs as well as summer programs.   I opened Ride the Wave Counseling (formerly Center for ADHD) in 2014. 

Summer Trip Camp opened in 2017 as the first summer camp program in the United States designed to teach executive functioning, social cognitive skills and independent skills through an active program.   

As you may have learned through research,  there are many camps that market themselves as “ADHD Camps” and “Social Skills Camps”, however, none (to my knowledge) actually teach executive functioning strategies and social thinking skills through an active, experiential program.   Developing executive functioning and social competency are intertwined and need to be taught through a specialized, skill-building approach. 

Summer of 2019 will mark Summer Trip Camp’s inaugural summer in it’s new location, Ventnor, New Jersey.  Located a block from the beach and boardwalk, we will be taking full advantage of everything the Jersey shore has to offer kids.

In addition to a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work, I am one of the few individuals in the Philadelphia area to have received a Social Thinking Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion.  Additionally, I completed extensive training in executive functioning support strategies as well as Cognitive Behavior Therapy through the Beck Institute (where Cognitive Behavior Therapy was created) and the Temple University Child & Teen Anxiety Clinic. 

I am a regular presenter at national and regional conferences and have presented twice at the International Conference on ADHD and the Social Thinking® Global Providers Conference in addition to many regional conferences. 

I serve on the professional advisory board of the BuxMont CHADD chapter.  My son, Austin (who attends vocational school for carpentry) and I live with our dog Sasha. 

Please go to upcoming presentations for a list of my upcoming speaking engagements and please feel free to contact me to discuss how Summer Trip Camp can benefit your son.   I look forward to hearing from you.

RYAN WEXELBLATT, LCSW

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NJ and PA
  • Certified School Social Worker in NJ
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Youth from the Beck Institute
  • Received Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion
  • Extensive training in executive function skill development strategies

View my C.V. here (PDF format)

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What Makes Summer Trip Camp Unique

Summer Trip Camp is unlike any other summer camp throughout the Philadelphia area. We teach skills that are not taught at schools or camps.  

Summer Trip Camp is an active summer camp experience that combines daily day trips and a weekly overnight trip.  Mondays through Wednesdays are spent on day trips while Thursdays-Fridays are spent on an overnight trip.  We swim every day and integrate nonacademic instruction in executive functioning and social cognitive skills to help boys improve their social, executive functioning and age-expected independent skills.  To learn more about the specific skills we teach please visit skills we teach.   

Please note that there are only 10 spaces available in Summer Trip Camp and admissions is rolling thus early registration is highly encouraged. You may also visit our website, Ride the Wave Counseling to learn about the innovative services we provide during the school year at our office in Bryn Mawr. 

I look forward to meeting your family,
Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW
Summer Trip Camp and Ride the Wave Counseling Director

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