Imagine the thrill of traveling to other countries and having experiences similar to those of other teenagers. Summit Travel has taken the sensitivity and skill of our Honesdale campus and designed opportunities for our teens to have success and move beyond their comfort limits in a setting that is safe and reliable. This summer our third journey was a trip to Spain and Morocco.
Here is an excerpt of a nightly newsletter:
August 6, 2013
Our day started with an early breakfast at the hotel before departing Sevilla for Jerez de la Frontera, a city that is known for its large number of sherry (jerez in Spanish) wineries. We began our Jerez experience with a tour of a famous clock museum, which we arrived at just in the nick of time! There we learned about the history of clocks, the materials and design elements used, and the differences between French and English clocks. We also got to see a famous clock “Puerta del Sol” made by Spanish clockmaker Jose Rodriguez de Losada for a square in London in the 1800s, which is still running today in the museum! Kyle G describes the visit to the museum as “best tour yet”. The most valuable clock in the museum was a “Carillon” clock made of precious gold and displayed the time, date, day, temperature, and barometric pressure. Sophia coined “carillon”, which translates to “chime” or “bell-ringing”, as our word of the day.
After leaving the clock museum we visited the Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera, a castle originally built as a mosque during the 12th century. It is the only remaining mosque of the eighteen that were built in Jerez during the Islamic period. Though it is only used as a tourist attraction today, the prayer room, Arabic baths, and the walls and towers around the courtyard were in great shape. Inside the courtyard were many trees, including olive trees that were several centuries old, and ponds with koi fish swimming among reeds. After leaving the Alcazar, we took a brief tour of the cathedral of San Salvador. Built in the 17th century, it is a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassicist style. It was elevated to the rank of cathedral in 1980.
After our cathedral tour ended, we headed back to Sevilla and straight to Aquopolis waterpark. There we enjoyed lunch before a much needed day of fun in the sun, relaxing by the pool and racing down exciting slides. The campers enjoyed a zipline that dropped them into a pool, speed
slides in which they raced against each other and the counsellors, partner tube slides that were pitch black on the inside, and a giant wave pool. The cool water and exhilarating attractions provided a utopian escape from the summer heat of Sevilla, and a good break for the campers from the walking tours. Itinerary captains Gabriella and Warren recounted their favourite parts of the day as we departed on the bus.
We are very proud of our travelers’ accomplishments – events and stories that will last a lifetime. Summit Camp provides a summer sleep away camp experience for boys and girls, ages 8-19, who have issues of attention. These may include Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and/or ADHD), Asperger’s syndrome, awkward social skills, High Functioning Autism, verbal or non-verbal learning disabilities (NVLD), and/or mild social or emotional concerns. Some of our campers may also have Tourette’s syndrome, and/or mild mood issues. Summit Travel works with older children, ages 15-19, who have similar issues. Their opportunities are more worldly and mature based on their changing needs and expectations. The Weekender program offers school year weekends designed to foster peer relationships and enhance social skills. Travel Club provides extended excursions to exciting destinations during school holidays.
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