Summer Trip Camp Application Process

Summer Trip Camp utilizes a multi-step application process in order to ensure that prospective campers can be successful in the program. Please note that each year there are many more applicants than available spaces.

Here’s how the 2021 Summer Trip Camp application process works:
(Step 1) There is a $100 fee to begin the admission process for Summer Trip Camp payable by check or Venmo.  You must sign a form agreeing to these terms.
Here is how the $100 fee will be applied:
  • If your son is accepted to camp and you enroll the $100 fee will be applied towards camp tuition.
  • If your son is accepted, you enroll him in camp then withdraw your $100 fee is non-refundable.
  • If it is determined that your son would be better served by another camp program your $100 fee will be returned to you.
  • If your son is accepted to camp and you choose not to enroll the $100 fee is non-refundable.

This fee is required because some parents go through the application process with no intention of enrolling in camp, rather they are seeking free advice regarding their son.  This fee ensures that prospective families are serious about the camp admission process.

(Step 2) Forward this online questionnaire to one of your son’s current teachers.  By forwarding this form you are waiving your right to view the form.  (The reason for this is because I want teachers to be able to answer the questions as honestly as possible, without fear of backlash from parents.)
(Step 3) If I believe your son could be successful in Summer Trip Camp I will ask you to set up a brief, informal online interview with your son so we can meet and I can tell him about camp. (There is no charge for this and it will take no longer than 10 minutes.)  If I do not believe that Summer Trip Camp is where I believe your son can be most successful I will provide you with referrals to summer camps where I believe he can be successful.
(Step 4) After your son’s informal interview you will have 3 days to decide if you would like to move forward and register him for camp.  If you would like to move forward I will send you the online application and required medical forms.  A $400.00 deposit is required to reserve your son’s spot in camp.  If you choose not to enroll your son please note that the $100.00 application fee is not refundable.
A few important things to know before beginning the application process
  • Summer Trip Camp is an active program.  We spend a significant amount of time outdoors (beach, water activities, etc.).  If your son does not like being outdoors he may not enjoy camp.
  • Your son is not fully accepted into Summer Trip Camp until a review of his medical forms occur.  This is to assure that his health needs can be accommodated in the program.
  • The application process does not guarantee admission to Summer Trip Camp.
  • Not all boys who present with ADHD are an appropriate match for Summer Trip Camp. Please read the information here about campers’ profiles before beginning the application process.
  • Photos and videos from Summer Trip Camp are posted on ADHD Dude/Summer Trip Camp social media.  No identifying information about your son will ever be shared (aside from possibly his first name if it is used in a video). This policy is non-negotiable.  If you do not want your son to appear in photos/videos he is not eligible to attend Summer Trip Camp.
  • I cannot hold space for more than 3 days after your son’s informal interview (should he be eligible to attend).
  • Part of the experience of Summer Trip Camp is about teaching cognitive flexibility.  Many parents of kids with ADHD under-estimate their son’s capacity for flexibility/resiliency and ask others to accommodate their son’s (perceived) inflexibility.  If your son is accepted to be part of Summer Trip Camp he is expected to be part of a group.  There are no special accommodations for food (aside from allergy/gluten restrictions). Snacks/lunch are provided for campers, there is no packing food/special lunches.  Furthermore, sitting out of activities is not an option.

I am happy to provide you with information about where to stay during your time here as well as tell you some options if you are bringing younger children with you.  Many families take the time to explore the area with their other children, there is no shortage of things to do here in the summer.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding the admissions process.
Thank you,
Ryan