Annual 2e-Friendly Summer Camp Listing
Summer can be a time for kids to explore new interests, pursue old ones, make new friends, or learn new skills. And, of course, it’s a time to just have some fun. Here are some ideas to help you plan a summer for your child that combines some or all of these things. It’s our annual list of 2e-friendly camps and programs.
Please note that this is not a comprehensive list nor is it a list of camps or programs that 2e Newsletter endorses. It’s just a little help in getting you started on your search. In addition, we’re a bit late with this, and some camps might be full.
- Academic Fun & Fitness Special Needs Camp, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH, June 15-July 24, 2015.
This six-week day camp, sponsored by the Creative Education Institute, serves children ages 6 -18 with learning differences: ADHD, dyslexia, or Asperger Syndrome. Through academic, social skills, and recreational activities, instructors work with children to build skills and confidence. See: http://www.northcoasted.com/academic-fun.html.
- Arete Academy of Exceptional Education, Hopkins, MN, various sessions from June 1 - August 20, 2015
This new school for twice-exceptional students offers a variety of day-camp programs for a range of ages. Most are for children 9-13 years of age, but some start at age 4 and some go up to age 18. Among the programs offered are Spanish, animal care, reading and writing graphic novels, recording a cover demo, and girls engineering. See: www.2a2e.org/events/summer-camp.
- Aspire Summer Camp 2015, Charlestown and Westwood, MA, July 6 - August 14, 2015, for children 5-7 (Adventure Camp Junior); July 6 - August 14, 2015, for children 6-15 (Adventure Camp). Adventure Trail Blazers, for ages 12-15, is full.
This day camp is a program of the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. The target audience consists of children, with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related profile. The camp offers a combination of recreational activities and therapeutic interventions. The program is aimed at helping participants learn social skills and other behavioral strategies through group participation in recreational, social, educational, community, and vocational activities. See: www.massgeneral.org/children/aspire/default.aspx.
- Brainworks Summer Camp 2015, Carrollton, TX, various sessions from June 8 - August 14, 2015
This academic day camp serves twice-exceptional children with customized one-on-one activities to build social skills, academic/study skills, and sportsmanship. See: www.brainworks.info/about/summerCamp2015.aspx.
- Buddy Building Camp, Southern California, June 22 - July 17, 2015
This one-week day camp, specifically for twice-exceptional children ages 8 to 13, offers the chance to learn social skills, such as team-building, sportsmanship, conflict resolution, and cooperative play, through sports, art, nature activities, and visits to local museums. The camp, previously located in New York City, now takes place on a ranch in southern California. Camp founder and counselor Lesli Preuss is a licensed child psychologist who serves as Psychology Director at Bridges Academy, a school for 2e students, and who has a private practice specializing in working with twice-exceptional kids. Consultation with Dr. Preuss is required prior for acceptance into the program. Contact her for consultation and registration: 917-697-2227.
- Camp Summit for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative, Marin Headlands, CA, June 21-27, 2015 (Currently a waiting list for boys, but space available for girls)
According to the psychologists from the Summit Center, who developed this week-long residential program, its purpose is to allow gifted, talented, and creative kids from 9-14 to have fun while enjoying stimulating and challenging experiences in a beautiful environment. Activities include self-exploration workshops, creative and expressive arts, outdoor ecology studies, strategy games, simulations, and hands-on design projects along with more typical camp activities. A leadership program is available for 15- to 16-year-olds. While not exclusively designed for twice-exceptional children, they are welcome. (Parents are encouraged to raise 2e issues in advance to ensure that the camp is a good fit for their child.) See: www.campsummitforthegifted.com.
- The Quad Manhattan Summer Camp, New York City, July 6 - August 14, 2015
This summer day camp is conducted by the Quad Manhattan, an educational and recreational center for twice-exceptional children in Manhattan. It accepts children from Pre K-8th Grade and places them in groups of no more than 8 for the youngest and 10 for the rest. Groups are led by special educators and technology and arts specialists. The focus is on developing talents, pursuing interests, building lasting friendships, and working on social and executive functioning skill building. Camp takes place at the Pine Street School in Lower Manhattan. See: www.thequadmanhattan.com/summer.
- Satori, Cheney, WA (on the main campus of Eastern Washington University), July 19-25, 2015
This week-long residential program is for academically and intellectually talented students 12 to 18 years of age. A day-camp option is also available. The stated goal of the camp is to offer campers a taste of college with others who share their enthusiasm for learning in an academic and social environment. See: www.satoricamp.org.
- SOAR (Success Oriented Achievement Realized) North Carolina Twice-Exceptional Adventure, June 10-27 and July 2-18, 2015
This outdoor adventure program is designed to meet the needs of gifted students from 12 to 15 who also have LDs. Students have the opportunity to go backpacking, rock climbing, and caving. Incorporated into the program is an experiential/environmental project based on the interests of the students. See: http://soarnc.org/soar-course/nc-twice-exceptional-adventure.
- Summer 24 Druidawn Summer Fantasy Camp, Boulder, CO, various sessions from June 29 - July 24 at Mackintosh Academy
Now in its 15th year, this summer day camp is a creative writing, art, and role-playing game program for students ages 7-15. Throughout the week, participants work on fantasy writing, sword making, live-action story-telling, and fantasy art. Also featured: Druidawn role-playing games, including the interactive Druidawn game. See: www.creative-writing-solutions.com/Fantasy-Camp.html.
- Summer on the Brain, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, various dates in June and July, 2015
The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center offers various summer residential and day programs aimed at three grade levels: 2-6, 6-8, and 9-11. A limited number of scholarships are available for twice-exceptional students to attend these summer programs. See: www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/Students/summer.
- Un-school Camp: The Academic Fun & Fitness Camp, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH, June 15 - July 24, 2015
This six-week day camp, sponsored by the Creative Education Institute, serves children ages 6-18 with learning differences: ADHD, dyslexia, or Asperger Syndrome. Through academic, social skills, and recreational activities, instructors work with children to build skills and confidence. Activities can be adjusted for a child’s academic level. See: www.cei4learning.org.
- Yunasa, in Fenton, Michigan, July 26 - August 2, 2014; and Yunasa West in Sedalia, Colorado, June 14 - 21, 2015 (Note: Yunasa is currently full for 2015; check it out early next year.)
This week-long residential camp brings together highly gifted young people between the ages of 10 and 14 or 15 (depending on the camp) and experts in the social and emotional development of highly gifted individuals. While enjoying the traditional activities of a sleep-away camp, participants also have the opportunity to explore the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical aspects of their lives. See: www.educationaladvancement.org/programs/yunasa and note the early application date.
Articles about Camp
- Beating the “Summer Slide,” http://goo.gl/UixBrm
- Finding the Right Summer Program for Your Gifted Child, http://goo.gl/0jTqsh
Helping Anxious Kids Enjoy Summer Camp, http://goo.gl/2Sqpsm
- Questions to Ask When Researching a Summer Camp, http://goo.gl/y0kJGz
- Next Stop, Camp: How to Ease the Transition for Your ADHD Child, http://goo.gl/YVOv16
- Strategies for a Successful Summer Break, http://goo.gl/2lKFl0
Top Summer Camps for Gifted Children, http://goo.gl/Djf8VR
- Tips for Choosing a Summer Camp for Your LD Child, http://goo.gl/oQL63q
Planning for Summer, http://goo.gl/pJqoPO
Websites about Camp
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