Summit Camp

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Summit Camp is overnight, co-ed camping for children ages 7 to 17 with learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, bipolar, and mood or attention issues. And boy do they do it well.

Everything is there. The food is subpar, but everything else is perfect and completely focused on making the summer as great as possible for the kinds of kids who attend. Needed medication is distributed to campers up to six times a day, and appropriate religious services are held for those who observe. The camp has its own email system and newsletter, and campers all have several opportunities to send mail home. Activities are so vast that I'd run out of space describing them, so just know that everything you can think of for a kid to do is there and thriving.

I'm not staff trying to primp up the camp for money. I'm not a parent raving about how this camp made my child transform from a reject into a social butterfly. I am a veteran camper, and I'm speaking for the campers here. I myself have been going to Summit Camp for four years in a row, and I have every form filled out to return for a fifth year. I'm in no way exaggerating when I say that Summit is my absolute favorite place in the world, and it will undoubtedly remain so for the rest of my days.

The camp is very expensive. It's $6,350 minimum this coming year even though the shortest stay is one whole month. The max is two months and this is an opportunity for me to point out that if you are considering sending a kid for one month only, the second half is packed with activities that the first doesn't have like the poignant Burnout, Track & Field Day, play productions in which everyone takes part, and the teens' prom. I've gone second session all four of my years and I can safely say that you get more fun for the same price. A month may seem too long for a kid to be away from home, but that's what I thought when I first went, and I adored the long stay, so one should never worry about homesickness. There is also an option for a 10-day stay which is a bit cheaper, but only for male first-timers under 14, and may cut into the beginning of the school year.

But Summit has given me the best summers ever. My closest friends all came from there, and we've all been tight for going-on five years. A few have been closer even longer. Being a long-time Summiter gives me a source of pride because I know exactly how amazing it is and I feel like it's my job to say so. Every new year makes me tremble with anticipation, and as soon as I set foot onto that beautiful campsite again, I am overwhelmed by memories and life-changing lessons. I doubt I'll ever stop going until I'm too old. After then I might want to apply as a counselor.

Summit is truly dedicated to helping the kids struggling with the social and emotional problems I listed above. Most of the staff are social workers and cabins are chosen to develop social skills and self-esteem because so many of these kids struggle with such things. Summit is one thing that has helped me transform over the past few years, and I couldn't have done it without this magical camp and the people I met along the way.

It doesn't even matter if a kid doesn't want to go! I despised the very idea and saw every minute as a foul abomination when I was first told I was going, and surprise surprise, I adored it when I actually went. I can't stress this enough, but anyone who doesn't love Summit for eternity has something wrong with them that not even God could fix.

Cabins do everything together 24/7, so they're very carefully put together, and not just slapping kids together by age like most camps! I have been in the same cabin with the same group of girls for the past four years, and they have become the best friends I could ever imagine. I know very few people who don't end up returning year after year. A couple years ago we had a boy who had to part with Summit after, I kid you not, ELEVEN years.

I could gush forever and ever about how perfect Summit is, and how sacred and amazing and beautiful it is, but you would probably soon bore of that. I'll leave you to think of Summit what you will, but know that for all the people I've ever met there, it's been the best experience of their lives and the reason that summer vacation is so great. I think without starting at Summit my life would have been a mess, and I wouldn't have truly ever had the fun that a preteen needs to have.

So if you are a parent and have heard things about Summit or are interested in any way, take my advice to heart. If you can afford it and are feeling like your child might benefit from the experience (which he or she definitely will!) send your kid there, and for second session if you had to choose one particular month. This is a sincere heart-to-heart from a seasoned camper. You won't regret it, and your child won't see it as any less than stellar.

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★★★★★

Summit Camp is overnight, co-ed camping for children ages 7 to 17 with learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, bipolar, and mood or attention issues. And boy do they do it well.

Everything is there. The food is subpar, but everything else is perfect and completely focused on making the summer as great as possible for the kinds of kids who attend. Needed medication is distributed to campers up to six times a day, and appropriate religious services are held for those who observe. The camp has its own email system and newsletter, and campers all have several opportunities to send mail home. Activities are so vast that I'd run out of space describing them, so just know that everything you can think of for a kid to do is there and thriving.

I'm not staff trying to primp up the camp for money. I'm not a parent raving about how this camp made my child transform from a reject into a social butterfly. I am a veteran camper, and I'm speaking for the campers here. I myself have been going to Summit Camp for four years in a row, and I have every form filled out to return for a fifth year. I'm in no way exaggerating when I say that Summit is my absolute favorite place in the world, and it will undoubtedly remain so for the rest of my days.

The camp is very expensive. It's $6,350 minimum this coming year even though the shortest stay is one whole month. The max is two months and this is an opportunity for me to point out that if you are considering sending a kid for one month only, the second half is packed with activities that the first doesn't have like the poignant Burnout, Track & Field Day, play productions in which everyone takes part, and the teens' prom. I've gone second session all four of my years and I can safely say that you get more fun for the same price. A month may seem too long for a kid to be away from home, but that's what I thought when I first went, and I adored the long stay, so one should never worry about homesickness. There is also an option for a 10-day stay which is a bit cheaper, but only for male first-timers under 14, and may cut into the beginning of the school year.

But Summit has given me the best summers ever. My closest friends all came from there, and we've all been tight for going-on five years. A few have been closer even longer. Being a long-time Summiter gives me a source of pride because I know exactly how amazing it is and I feel like it's my job to say so. Every new year makes me tremble with anticipation, and as soon as I set foot onto that beautiful campsite again, I am overwhelmed by memories and life-changing lessons. I doubt I'll ever stop going until I'm too old. After then I might want to apply as a counselor.

Summit is truly dedicated to helping the kids struggling with the social and emotional problems I listed above. Most of the staff are social workers and cabins are chosen to develop social skills and self-esteem because so many of these kids struggle with such things. Summit is one thing that has helped me transform over the past few years, and I couldn't have done it without this magical camp and the people I met along the way.

It doesn't even matter if a kid doesn't want to go! I despised the very idea and saw every minute as a foul abomination when I was first told I was going, and surprise surprise, I adored it when I actually went. I can't stress this enough, but anyone who doesn't love Summit for eternity has something wrong with them that not even God could fix.

Cabins do everything together 24/7, so they're very carefully put together, and not just slapping kids together by age like most camps! I have been in the same cabin with the same group of girls for the past four years, and they have become the best friends I could ever imagine. I know very few people who don't end up returning year after year. A couple years ago we had a boy who had to part with Summit after, I kid you not, ELEVEN years.

I could gush forever and ever about how perfect Summit is, and how sacred and amazing and beautiful it is, but you would probably soon bore of that. I'll leave you to think of Summit what you will, but know that for all the people I've ever met there, it's been the best experience of their lives and the reason that summer vacation is so great. I think without starting at Summit my life would have been a mess, and I wouldn't have truly ever had the fun that a preteen needs to have.

So if you are a parent and have heard things about Summit or are interested in any way, take my advice to heart. If you can afford it and are feeling like your child might benefit from the experience (which he or she definitely will!) send your kid there, and for second session if you had to choose one particular month. This is a sincere heart-to-heart from a seasoned camper. You won't regret it, and your child won't see it as any less than stellar.

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