The boys who attend Summer Trip Camp are an endearing and energetic group who enjoy being with a group of similar-age boys, with similar profiles who “get them”. Some of the boys who attend have a more inattentive profile while others have a more impulsive profile of ADHD. Summer Trip Camp is not a special needs camp, therapeutic camp or behavior modification program. The boys who attend are diagnosed with ADHD. Additionally, some may present with learning differences or social anxiety.
The boys who attend camp share a strong desire for close friendships and have struggled socially as they’ve reached older elementary and middle school. They also need help improving their executive function and independent skills.
We are a camp for boys who could attend at a typical day/overnight camp but would not thrive or build the critical social and independent skills we integrate into camp each day.
We teach skills that are not taught in schools or camps (including “ADHD camps” and “social skills camps”). Summer Trip Camp is the only camp in the United States specifically serving the ADHD population that teaches social, executive functioning and independent skills through an active program.
Parents choose Summer Trip Camp because they want a summer experience where their sons will be active, have the opportunity to form friendships with boys who they can connect with and learn strategies to improve their social, executive functioning and age-expected independent skills.
We are a small program in order to provide a high degree of individual attention and instruction. If you are looking for a summer experience where your son will actually like skills and strategies while being active and having fun in the process please contact us to begin the application process. We look forward to getting to know your family.
Please note that not all boys who present with ADHD would be successful in Summer Trip Camp. Summer Trip Camp does not offer a level of support for boys whom:
- are diagnosed with Asperger’s or higher-verbal autism
- need behavioral supports in school
- are home schooled or attend cyber schools (not COVID related)
- are prone to physical/verbal aggression, emotional outbursts in school or in public
- prone to elopement when upset/angry
- 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
- have significant anxiety that manifests as negativity/outbursts when in a group setting
- present with significant difficulty being part of a similar-age peer group in school or outside of school
Additionally, Summer Trip Camp is not a good match for parents who have separation anxiety from their children as we do not allow campers to carry mobile devices with them.
Campers are expected to continue their daily medication regimen during their time at camp. Despite the advice of professionals and physicians, camp is not a good time for a “medication vacation”.
If Summer Trip Camp is not where we believe your son could be most successful we will be happy to provide you with referrals to other camps where we believe your son could be successful.