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Summit Weekender represents the logical extension of our camping and travel program. It is for youngsters ages 11 - 19 who have an interest or need for a guided short term experience with peers, and benefit from opportunities for structured and supervised social experiences. The Weekender Program extends our concept of therapeutic recreation and social skills support to youth group weekend excursions.
 

Weekender Program

 
WHAT: A getaway weekend designed for teenagers to make a few new friends, enjoy a guided and supervised recreational weekend break and to have youth workers who understand them.
 
WHO: Young people, ages 11 - 18, who are kids with issues of Aspergers syndrome, NVLD, HFA, mild learning disabilities, and/or ADHD/ADD who would benefit from a directed weekend experience designed to foster socialization and independence.
 
WHERE: Our Weekender programs are currently held in five locations. These include metropolitan Chicago, Metropolitan Atlanta, south Florida ,metro NY/NJ/PA, and metro Baltimore ,Washington, DC and northern Virginia.  . The metropolitan New York – New Jersey and Philadelphia Weekender programs is located at the winterized campus of Camp Vacamas in West Milford, NJ (http://www.vacamas.org.) Our Washington DC – Baltimore – Northern Virginia Weekender programs is held at Camp Letts in Edgewater, MD (http://www.campletts.org), approximately 50 minutes from the Capital Beltway. Our group has our own lodge, complete with a central lounge area with comfortable seating and a wood burning fireplace.
 
WHY: An opportunity for a guided weekend filled with fun, recreation, and time for new and old friends. It also provides respite for the young person and their family.
 
HOW: Weekenders will have a schedule similar to that of camp. A range of activities will be offered as well as meals together and general guided teenage time for chatting, music listening, s'mores and even a campfire. The weekend will start with a brief meeting once arrived to get to know everyone, ask input, and generally set the tone for the weekend. Another brief meeting will be held just before departure to evaluate the experience and make suggestions for the next weekender event.
 
ACCOMODATIONS: Our group will stay in a lovely and modern mountain lodge. Fully winterized, it contains a number of rooms for group housings, several larger bathrooms and showers, as well as a large and comfortable lounge, complete with Fireplace and comfortable seating.
 
MEALS: Our meals will be prepared and served by our facility's chefs in their gorgeous dining hall. Eating cafeteria style, our weekenders will have several choices at each meal. Special diet concerns can also be met. We will have our own dining area to maintain our sense of group and community while dining. There will also be snacks each evening.
 
FACILITIES: Our facility has a full range of activity areas - both inside and outdoors. There are numerous hiking trails, sports courts, a lake for boating, high and low ropes course in addition to indoor areas for crafts, creative theater, an evening movie, and group games.
 
COST: Fee includes cost of lodging and meals. Bed linens, towels, and pillows are provided. Weekenders should bring personal toiletries. A small amount of money would only be used for vending machine snacks. There will be a format for medication administration similar to our tours where Weekenders will have a monitoring staff member overseeing the process. Transportation will be provided from centralized locations.
 
 

 

General Schedule

(Subject to change/revision - activity modules will change based on time of year, weather, and available staff and facility resources)
 

FRIDAY

5:30PM - 7:00PM - Departures (Weekenders should have a light supper before departing)
9:00PM - Arrive to lodge; Settle in, Room Assignments
9:30PM - Group Meeting and Pizza Party
11:00PM - Move to rooms for bedtime
 

SATURDAY

7:30AM - Wake Up
8:00AM - Breakfast
9:00AM - 10:30AM (Period One)
Activity Choice: Climbing Tower, Hiking, Arts and Crafts
10:45AM - 12:15PM (Period Two)
Activity Choice: Soccer, Archery, Boating
12:30PM - Lunch
1:30PM - 3:00PM (Period Three)
Activity Choice: Candlemaking, Mountain Boarding, Hiking
3:15PM - 4:45PM (Period Four)
Activity Choice: Low Ropes, Climbing Tower, Cable Bridge Hike
5:30PM - Dinner
6:30PM - 7:30PM - Quiet Lounge Time
7:30PM (Evening Program) - Crazy Bingo/Paper Bag Dramatics
9:00PM - Snack
9:20PM - Evening Movie
11:00PM - Move to rooms for bedtime
 

SUNDAY

7:30AM - Wake Up
8:00AM - Breakfast
9:00AM - 10:30AM (Period One)
Activity Choice: Making Dream Catchers, Climbing Tower, Outdoor Living Skills, Boating
10:45AM - 11:00AM - Personal Packing and Lodge Cleaning
11:15AM - Group Meeting: Evaluations, goodbyes, plans for the next Weekender
12:00PM - Lunch
1:00PM - Departure
 

 

Our Staff

 
Sally Bell works with us as our overall Weekender Coordinator and takes specific responsibility for our program that serves metropolitan New York, New Jersey, and suburban Philadelphia. Sally earned her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland and Special Education certification from William Paterson University. She has worked in a range of roles from the classroom to director. In 2002 she moved to special education and now serves as the Head Teacher at the Gramon School in Fairfield, NJ. Sally has also worked in residential and day camping since 1980 with typical and special populations.  During the summer  between her extended school year teaching, she is a frequent visitor to our Honesdale campus where she takes responsibility for special projects. She is known for her nurturing ways and creative approaches to program design.

Weekender staff are skilled professionals drawn from special education schools and programs. They join us to manage, supervise, and coach our weekenders during their weekend event. Our ratio of one staff for each five weekend participants supports our plan for success, fun, and safety. A Weekender nurse will also be with us to manage and dispense regular medications as well as provide immediate help for any illness or emergency situation.