Frequently Asked Questions

Is Summer Trip Camp a day or overnight travel camp?
Summer Trip Camp is a day travel camp.   Camp is based in Margate, New Jersey.  Parents transport campers to and from camp each day.  Margate is a family friendly beach town that is very popular with families who vacation here each summer.  Neighboring towns where families vacation include Ventnor, Longport and Ocean City.  We can help you point you in the right direction of finding a vacation rental home or a hotel

What’s an average day like at Summer Trip Camp?
There is no “typical day” at Summer Trip camp as you might find at a typical day camp.  While our days are structured and active, our schedule changes each day as we do different activities each day.

Here’s a sample schedule:
9:00 AM Arrival/Hanging Out Time
9:15-10:00 AM Daily Lesson (social learning, executive functioning, independent skills)
10:00-10:15 AM Make lunch and prepare to leave for our trip
10:30 AM-12:30 PM Bay Kayaking
12:30 Lunch
12:50-2:00 Boardwalk activity
2:30-4:00 Beach
4:00-4:30 Snack & Dismissal

How can you teach social skills if your camp does not have peer role models without ADHD? 
If you son struggles socially he cannot improve his social skills simply being around kids with more developed social skills. Individuals who struggle socially are born with weak social observational skills.  They cannot improve their social skills simply be being around kids with more developed social skills.   If “peer modeling” worked then theoretically no one should struggle socially after they’ve been in school for several years as they have spent the majority of their day around students who do not have ADHD.   

What makes you different than the overnight ADHD camps I see advertised in ADHD magazines?
Overnight camps that market themselves as “ADHD camps” or “social skills camps” cannot be very selective in terms of the profiles of campers they take because of their extremely high tuition.  As a result they will have campers with a wide range of profiles and behavioral challenges.

Summer Trip Camp is a small program specifically for boys who present with ADHD.  We are not a special needs camp or a therapeutic camp and are not designed for campers who present with behavioral challenges.  Through the admission process if we determine that a camper would be better served at a camp with a greater degree of support than we can provide we will provide you with a referral to a camp where we think your son can be successful. 

What kind of results can we expect?
As with any 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.   We want to be clear that 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. 

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.  

Ryan Wexelblatt, Summer Trip Camp Founder and Director has extensive training in teaching executive function skill-building strategies and social learning concepts. 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 ADHD Dude Coaching and Programs. Additionally, ADDitude Magazine created a new section on their website for Ryan’s content. Please check out the ADHD in Boys section to watch Ryan’s videos and the ADHD Dude Facebook page.

What should I tell my son about attending Summer Trip Camp?  He doesn’t like the ADHD label and thinks his social skills are fine despite the fact he lacks friends. 
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.  

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.  

Is Summer Trip Camp a therapeutic camp?
Summer Trip Camp is not a clinical program and is not a behavior modification program. There is no therapy, social skills groups, etc.  Each day we do a lesson (about 30-50 minutes) in executive functioning, social learning concepts, independent skills and the rest of the time we are out having fun and being active.   Language and concepts taught during camp are integrated into the day so the application of concepts happens experientially. 

Who is not a good candidate for Summer Trip Camp?
Boys who present with ADHD, anxiety with ADHD or learning differences are eligible to apply for admission to Summer Trip Camp.  Please note that Summer Trip Camp is not a special needs or therapeutic camp.

We do not offer a level of support for boys whom:

  • are prone to physical/verbal aggression, emotional outbursts in school or in public
  • prone to elopement when upset/angry
  • attend a cyber school or are home schooled
  • make threats of aggression towards teachers or classmates
  • require 1:1 support in school or are in a self-contained behavioral classroom for the majority of the school day
  • are diagnosed with Asperger’s or higher-functioning autism
  • have significant anxiety that manifests as negativity/outbursts when in a group setting

Additionally, Summer Trip Camp is not a good fit for parents who have separation anxiety from their son as we do not permit campers to have mobile devices at camp.

Contact us to begin the application process: