What makes Summer Trip camp different than “ADHD overnight camps”:
- Overnight summer camps that market themselves to the ADHD community need to fill beds thus they cannot be particularly selective about the campers they accept (particularly as they get closer to camp starting). As a result, there will be campers at ADHD overnight camps who have more significant challenges than ADHD. Summer Trip Camp is a small camp of 10 campers. We are comprehensive in our admission process to make sure a prospective camper and his parents will be a good match for the program.
- The skills and strategies taught at Summer Trip Camp could not be taught at ADHD overnight camps because overnight ADHD camps are not going to make a significant financial investment in providing their staff with extensive and costly training if there is no guarantee the staff will return the following summer. Summer Trip Camp is is based on my extensive training and experience, much of which falls outside of the mental health field. There is no one place or methodology to teach the skills taught at Summer Trip Camp, it is an amalgamation of years of training and experience.
- ADHD overnight camps may claim that they teach social skills throughout the day yet the reality is that most individuals who teach social skills have no actual training or education in this area. As a result, social skills groups and social skills instruction often looks like prompting scripted, socially appropriate behaviors, not teaching the foundational social thinking skills that have not developed intuitively During Summer Trip Camp all of our morning lessons are filmed so parents can learn how to generalize concepts and language that are used at camp. These lessons are available to watch all year for campers and their families. You may view some of the lessons at the ADHD Dude YouTube channel. Parents have access to all of the lessons at their convenience.
I look forward to speaking with you about camp,
Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW
Summer Trip Camp Founder and Director