Is Summer Trip Camp a day or overnight camp?
We are a combination day and overnight camp. Mondays and Tuesdays are spent on local day trips, the beach, etc. Wednesdays through Fridays we are on our weekly overnight trip. Parents transport campers to and from camp on Mondays and Tuesdays. Drop off Wednesday morning and pick up Friday afternoon.
We are going to be vacationing at the shore, can my son participate in camp?
Absolutely! Camp is open to families who are local to the area as well as those on vacation or who have summer homes in the area.
What makes you different than the overnight ADHD camps I see advertised?
Any camp can call themselves an “ADHD Camp” or a “social skills camp”. The question parents should is specifically how they teaching campers strategies to help improve executive functioning, social cognitive skills and age-expected independence?
Ryan Wexelblatt, Summer Trip Camp Director has extensive training in teaching executive function skill-building strategies. Additionally, Ryan is one of the few males in the country to have received a Social Thinking Certificate of Completion for participating in the Social Thinking Clinical Training Program (Level 1). A School Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ryan has a lifetime of camp experience and is the Director of Ride the Wave Counseling in Linwood, New Jersey where he teaches these skills throughout the school year.
What kind of results can we expect?
As with any educational experience, the more time your son spends at camp the more he will generalize the strategies and concepts we are teaching. Parents have remarked how their sons have developed a greater degree of independence and flexibility through attending Summer Trip Camp as well as developing resiliency and independent problem solving skills. Mental health professionals, schools, camps, etc. do not teach the skills we teach. We want to be very clear, there are no quick fixes when it comes to social & executive function skill development. These areas of lagging skills have a great deal of depth. During Summer Trip Camp we focus on foundational skills that form the basis of executive functioning and social learning.
Who are your staff?
Summer Trip Camp is staffed by teachers or college students majoring in education who are under the supervision of Ryan Wexelblatt, Camp Director. Staff have been carefully screened to ensure they have the right temperament to work successfully with our campers and be able to teach concepts. Staff have obtained mandated clearances as required by state and federal laws.
I’ve searched all over the country and haven’t found anything like your camp. This is exactly what our son needs! Do you know of a camp like yours in (insert your city here)?
You have done your homework correctly! There is no camp like Summer Trip Camp operating anywhere in the U.S. If you do not live in the area your son can still participate in Summer Trip Camp. The Jersey Shore is a great place for a family vacation while your son attends camp. The neighboring beach towns of Ventnor, Ocean City as well as Margate (where camp is located) are popular with families in the summer. Many generations of families have spent their summer vacations in the area. We are happy to help point you in the right direction if you would like to vacation in the area while your son is attending.
My son has always attended a large day camp and doesn’t want to leave it. My sense is they tolerate him there but he hasn’t benefited in terms of friendships or skills. I know he won’t want to go to a camp if he knows it’s for kids with ADHD because any type of change makes him anxious. How do I convince him that this would be a great experience for him?
You can explain to your son that we do not sit around and talk about ADHD, social skills, etc. We are an active camp for boys who like to “learn while doing”. While we do have a brief instructional period each day, it is directly tied into our daily plans. You can tell him it’s a camp for kids who like being active and need a little help with the things their brain makes a little harder for them to learn. As bright and articulate as your son may be he does not possess the maturity or foresight to know what he needs in terms of skill development. You need to decide what he needs, even if he initially is resistant to stepping outside of his comfort zone. We are skilled at helping campers move through their initial anxiety.
Do you work on academic executive function skills during camp?
No, we do not believe in teaching academic executive function skills during the summer as their is no relevant context for them. Furthermore, the kids we’ve known who have attended academic executive function programs in the summer were very unhappy with sitting indoors all day working on “school stuff” during the summer. We focus on improving global executive function skills such as planning ahead, improving self-directed talk and conceptualizing time.
Our son attended an overnight camp that was presented to us as for kids with ADHD. He felt out of place there given the severity of some of the other kids challenges. Do you have kids with more significant challenges at your camp?
Most overnight camps that market themselves as ADHD camps and social skills camps cannot be too selective in terms of whom they take because of their extremely high tuition. Summer Trip Camp is a small program specifically for boys who present with ADHD, social anxiety and/or learning differences. We are not a special needs camp and are not designed for campers who are diagnosed with autism. Through the admission process if we determine that a camper would be better served at a camp with a greater degree of support we will provide the family with referrals.
How do you handle medications during camp?
Most of our campers take medication which we will dispense. Please note that Summer Trip Camp does not have a nurse on staff given our small size thus we are not a camp for campers who have significant medical needs.
Where do you stay on overnight trips?
We stay in hotels or college dormitories. Parents receive a trip itinerary including address and contact information for everywhere we stay. An email is sent out each night and photos are posted on our photo site. During overnight trips campers are grouped in rooms of 3-4. If campers do not want to share a bed they can bring a sleeping bag. (Very few campers have ever used their sleeping bags when they’ve brought them).
Can we attend weeks that are not consecutive? We have a family vacation planned for one week.
Absolutely, this happens every summer and works out fine when the kids return after being away.
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