Annual 2e-friendly Summer Camp Listing for 2016

March/April, 2016 (Updated June, 2016)


  • Comedy Summer Camp, Park Slope, Brooklyn, July, 11-august, 11. This half-day program for 2e learners ages 9-13 runs Monday through Thursday and will focus on social/emotional development and basic writing skills using humor. The camp, run by  2e learning specialist and former actress and comedian Pat Sciortino, includes improvisational play for social intelligence, stand-up comedy for emotional intelligence, and sketch comedy writing for basic writing skills. See:
  • Ignite! Summer Intensives, E.A. Young Academy, North Richland Hills, Texas, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15. The half-day sessions for gifted, talented, and high-ability scholars meet Monday through Friday. Included are a variety of programs for students K-12 in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The organizer says that Ignite!, while not officially a 2e venture, definitely attracts those students. See:
  • PowerWood Summer Camp, Higher Uppacott Farm, UK, August 6-13. A not-for-profit event run by volunteers that the organizer describes as being for “families living with intensity, super-sensitivity and hyper-reactivity (OE).” A fan of the camp says, “PowerWood camp gives space for the grown-ups to relax, as the children do as well,” with workshops that are “inspiring, empowering and validating.” See:
  • “Dear Camp Director,” a sample letter to let the camp staff know how they can ensure a good transition to camp for your child, from Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities,

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.

  • Academic Fun & Fitness Camp, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, Ohio, June 13 to July 22. This six-week “un-school” day camp, sponsored by the Creative Education Institute, serves children ages 6-19 with learning differences: ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s, etc. Through academic, social skills, and recreational activities, counselors work with children to build skills and confidence. Activities can be adjusted for a child’s academic level. See:
  • Arete Academy of Exceptional Education, Hopkins, Minnesota. Last year this school offered a variety of day-camp programs for a range of ages. Because the school is moving over the summer, plans are uncertain at this time. See:
  • Aspire Summer Camp 2016.The Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children offer a variety of summer day camps for different ages. 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. Camps include:
    • Adventure Camp Junior, partial days for children 5-7, July 5 to August 12
    • Adventure Camp, full days for ages 6-15, July 5 to August 12
    • Adventure Trail Blazers, full days for ages 12-15, July 5 to August 12
    • Summer Explorations for the development and practice of daily living skills in teens 14-19, June 29 to August 5; accepting waitlist applications
    • Transitions, for 16- to 22-year-olds to prepare for college and work, June 29 to August 5.
  • Buddy Building Camp, Southern California, June 13 to July 8, 2016. 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 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 West for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative, Marin Headlands, California, June 19-25, 2016. Also Camp Summit East in Newland, North Carolina, August 7-13. 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:
  • Druidawn Summer Fantasy Camp, Boulder, Colorado, various sessions from June 27 to July 29 at Mackintosh Academy. Now in its 16th 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:
  • The Quad Manhattan Summer Camp, New York City, July 5 to August 12. This summer day camp is conducted by the QuadManhattan, 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 Green Ivy School on Pine Street in Lower Manhattan. See:
  • Satori, Cheney, Washington (on the main campus of Eastern Washington University), July 24-30. 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:
  • SOAR (Success Oriented Achievement Realized) North Carolina Twice-Exceptional Adventure, June 15 to July 2 and July 6-23, 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. Both sessions are currently full but the camp is accepting names for its waitlist. See:
  • Summer on the Brain, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, various dates in June and July, 2016. The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center offers various summer residential and day programs aimed at three grade levels: grades 2-6, grades 6-8, and grades 9-11. See:
    Yunasa, in Fenton, Michigan, July 30 to August 6, 2016; and Yunasa West in Sedalia, Colorado, June 19-26, 2016. 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: but note the early application date of April 1.




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