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 son develop and generalize important social, executive functioning, self-regulation and age-expected independent skills.

While Summer Trip Camp was designed for boys diagnosed with ADHD and learning differences we welcome boys who may not have a diagnosis but need help improving these critical life skills which are not taught in schools or 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 or electronics
  • being attuned to others’ thoughts and feelings (reading social cues)
  • developing situational awareness
  • 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. 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 are excited to bring Summer Trip Camp to the Jersey shore in summer 2018 and hope your family will become part of our community.   We welcome the opportunity to speak with you and your son about being part of an amazing summer experience.  

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

  • Managing money and belongings
  • Remember one’s 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 Southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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What Makes Summer Trip Camp Unique

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

Designed specifically for boys who present with ADHD or learning differences Summer Trip Camp combines daily day trips and nonacademic instruction 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.   

Many of our campers initially attended mainstream day or overnight camps where they could be maintained yet did not make lasting friendships or learn important skills they need to be successful.  

Please note that there are only 10 spaces available in Summer Trip Camp and admissions are rolling.  You may also visit our website, Ride The Wave Counseling & Coaching to learn about the innovative services we provide during the school year. 

I look forward to meeting your family. 

Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW
Summer Trip Camp and Ride the Wave Counseling Director

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Where We Go and What We Do

During Summer Travel Camp we combine brief lessons in executive functioning and independent skills with daily trips out into the community.  Each week we take a full-day trip as well.    Time permitting, we swim every day as we believe that it is essential for kids to swim on a daily basis in the summer.

We also believe in spending a significant amount of time outdoors in nature.  Both of these activities have proven to be very useful to individuals who present with ADHD. 

A sample of our daily trips include:

-The beach
-Learning how to take public transportation

-Factory tours
-State Park for boating
-Central NJ Boardwalks
-Lincoln Financial Field Tour
-Supermarket to learn how to budget/plan for BBQ

*The trips are a sample and subject to change

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-Summer Trip Camp Director

Ryan Wexelblatt, LSW, CAS began his summer camp career at age 3 and has spent the majority of his life working and directing various summer camps and programs.  Ryan’s connection to Southern New Jersey stem from his grandparents who spent summers in Ventnor.  Ryan is the Director of Ride the Wave Counseling & Coaching in Linwood.  He created Summer Travel Camp in 2017 which was based in Plymouth Meeting, PA.  Summer Travel Camp will move to Linwood, NJ in summer 2018.

Having created and directed Hill Top Summer Camp and Camp Sequoia in Pennsylvania Ryan has a deep understanding of what makes a summer camp safe, successful and fun.  

In addition to a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work, Ryan is a certified school social worker and licensed clinical social worker.   

Previously, Ryan worked as a Clinician at Hill Top Preparatory School and Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill and Philadelphia campuses.  Ryan founded Ride the Wave Counseling & Coaching (formerly called Center for ADHD in Linwood) because he saw a need for an outside-the-box, skill building approach to treating ADHD,  learning disabilities, Asperger’s and related challenges.

Well known in the Philadelphia area ADHD and Asperger’s communities, Ryan has presented to parent groups throughout the Northeast including CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD). He has presented to peers and colleagues at Gwynedd Mercy Autism Conference, the Pennsylvania Community on Secondary Transition Conference, American Camp Association Tri-State Conference, and Jewish Learning Venture Inclusion Conference. His national speaking engagements include the International Conference on ADHD, the Social Thinking® Global Providers Conference, and the Annual Autism Society National Conference. Ryan is known for his authentic, affable presentation style.

Ryan serves on the professional advisory board of the BuxMont CHADD chapter.  He and his son, Austin, who attends vocational school for carpentry, live with their dog Sasha (pictured above). 

Ryan regularly presents at parent support groups as well as local, regional and national conferences. Please go to upcoming presentations for a list of Ryan’s upcoming speaking engagements.

Ryan Wexelblatt C.V.

Dates and Tuition

Summer Travel Camp 2018 Dates
Week 1: July 2-6
Week 2: July 9-13

Week 3: July 16-20
Week 4: July 23-27
Week 5: July 30-Aug 3
Week 6: Aug 6-10

Summer Travel Camp 2018 Tuition
6 Weeks: $3912.00
5 Weeks: $3550.00
4 Weeks: $3080.00
3 Weeks: $2481.00
2 Weeks:  $1760.00
1 Week: $930.00

Tuition includes all activities, fees, camp t-shirt and lunch.

Enrollment Deposit:   A $500.00 deposit is required to reserve a space.   Deposit is fully refundable until June 1, 2018.  Deposit is non-refundable after June 1, 2018.

Transportation: Transportation is provided by parents, we will connect families who live in close proximity to carpool.  

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