Camp O thoughtfully embeds social and emotional learning into camp activities.
A low staff to camper ratio (1:4) allows for increased interaction and supervision with highly qualified and trained staff members.
With counselor support, campers will experience activities, such as:
- Water Day
- Team Sports
- Dance + Music
- Talent Show
- Camp Olympics
- Arts + Crafts
Campers will partake in joy and silliness, discover new interests, make friends, build confidence, and help create a dynamic Camp O community!
Camp O campers are young people between the ages of 6 - 15. They are both interested (they have lots of passions and a desire to engage socially) and interesting (they are bright, kind, funny and unique). In addition to their strengths, Camp O campers sometimes struggle to exhibit flexibility, try something new, respond to change, solve social problems or form healthy friendships.
Camp O campers have a lot to give but need help navigating the complexities of a new social setting — like summer camp!
Camp O campers may have formal diagnoses such as:
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Social communication disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Attention-deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Those without a formal diagnosis may exhibit characteristics consistent with these diagnoses
Campers must be able to maintain safe behavior and remain in their groups without continuous 1:1 supervision.
Camp O was thoughtfully developed by a team of staff members at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School (the O-School).
The O-School is a therapeutic day school with more than a century of experience serving students with significant mental health and emotional challenges and those on the autism spectrum.
The Camp O Leadership Team has a combined experience of 25 years at the O-School and is trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.