Join us for social skill-building in a fun camp environment!
Registration for Camp Friendship 2018 is OPEN!
Who: children age 3 – 13 who need to work on social, communication, and friendship skills. We offer 3 age groups – Explorers (PreK – 2nd grade), Pioneers (3rd-5th grade), and Apprentices (upcoming 6th-8th grade). Campers must be 13 years of age or younger at the start of camp. Youth who are 13 and older may apply for our internship program!
What: A super-fun summer program with tons of indoor & outdoor playtime, games, arts & crafts, water play, collaborative projects, sports, and more! (Kids will also work on school preparedness skills such as following the schedule, working with a group, being flexible, waiting nicely, etc.) Please see our sample daily schedule below.
Where: 210 East Broad Street in Falls Church, VA! Here is a map link.
When: hours are 9 am – 3 pm; aftercare is provided (for an additional cost) from 3 – 5 pm.
- Session 1: July 10-14 & 17-21
- Session 2: July 24-28 & 31-Aug 4
Why: Making friends isn’t always easy! At our program, kids will have tons of fun working on social skills while doing all kinds of fun camp-like activities.
Explorers & Discoverers: Attendees enjoy participating in water play, indoor & outdoor games, special weekly activities (carnival game day, yoga, science experiments), time on the playground, tie-dyeing T-shirts, picnic lunches outside, sports, team-building activities, collaborative art projects, and much more! They will also work on school preparedness skills such as following the schedule, working with a group, being flexible, waiting nicely, etc.
Pioneers & Apprentices: Attendees will enjoy all of the above; in addition, they will practice social skills through a wide range of activities within the surrounding community, while working on flexibility, peer relationships, social awareness, social cues, and group projects and collaboration.
All age groups will take daily trips to the playground and field. Older groups go on weekly outings to nearby establishments like Dunkin’ Donuts or bowling!
Children who apply should be both verbal and conversational. We always maintain at least a 1:4 adult to child ratio. According to VA licensing standards, children under age 6 as of July 10, 2017 may attend no more than 2 consecutive weeks of camp.
Summer intensive (Camp Friendship) Offers:
- caring, trained, experienced staff
- 1:4 adult/child ratio
- social and communication goals for your child plus daily progress reports
- a “hidden curriculum” so kids are learning social skills without even knowing it!
- use of the 5 point scale and other methods to work on stress and anxiety relief
- special activities every day including sports, gardening, science experiments, cooking/baking and arts & crafts
- sensory, fine, and gross motor activities incorporated daily
- daily trips to the playground
Curriculum info: Each of our themed activities are embedded with social and communication goals that are communicated to parents daily via email. Our “hidden curriculum” includes friendship skills such as finding things in common with others, conversation starters, how to engage in “small talk,” working constructively within a group, perspective-taking, listening, showing empathy, reading social cues and body language, managing stress and anxiety, calming techniques, and more. Once a week we set aside time to intentionally focus on deep breathing, relaxation techniques, and movement through yoga! This will supplement and deepen the work we are doing daily with the kids on body awareness, respecting personal space, recognizing and combating stress and anxiety, and being physically active. Please click here for more information about our curriculum. We also incorporate sensory integration activities and work on fine and gross motor skills. Attendees will enjoy our small, supportive, caring environment with trained, experienced staff with diversified backgrounds including special education teachers, OT’s, ABA and Floortime therapists. Individual goals are developed with parents. Progress is tracked daily and progress reports will be provided to parents.
Competitive & Cooperative activities – learning good sportsmanship is an important skill, so we sometimes have games or activities that involve winners/losers. However, most of our activities are cooperative in nature during which kids work towards a common/group goal and the focus is on the process and working cooperatively. We want the kids to be able to navigate differences of opinion and come to a group consensus, and we believe having a variety of cooperative group games and team-building activities is beneficial for everyone.
How to sign up:
If your child has attended our programs in the past, simply complete the registration form and place your non-refundable deposit to secure your child’s spot.
Not sure if our program is right for your child? Contact us to set up a free 20-minute phone consult before completing the application.
Ready to sign up? If your child is new to us:
1. Complete the application form.
2. We will contact you to set up a “get to know you” intake playdate (for younger kids) or meet and greet (for older kids) with other applicants. You may select preferred dates on the application form.
3. Attend the intake with your child.
*There is a $175 fee for the meeting, during which we will ascertain if our program is a good fit for your child and develop goals for him/her to work on while at camp. After each intake playdate, the admissions committee will meet and we will notify you of our decision either during the intake or within one week of the date you attend. If your child is accepted, you must then place your deposit to reserve your child’s spot.
- 1 session (2 weeks) = $1450
- 2 sessions (4 weeks) = $2755 (5% discount*)
After Care (3pm – 5pm): $100/per week/per child
* Discount only applies when registering/paying for multiple sessions at the same time.
Many clients receive insurance reimbursement and receipts are provided.
Please contact us regarding sibling discounts.
Please note: All attendees receive individualized attention at times throughout the day; however, we do not provide 1 to 1 assistance. Attendees must be independent (or require minimal supervision, not assistance) with self-care such as toileting and dressing.
Sample daily schedule:
9:00: Arrival/Free Play
9:30: Group Huddle (here we introduce the skills that will be worked on throughout the day through games or an activity)
10 am: Snack (great time to work on conversation skills!)
10:30: Outdoor games/playtime
12:15: Get ready for water play
12:30: Water play
1:15: Arts & Crafts or sensory playtime
2:00: Team-building activities or games
2:45: wrap up for the day
Things to bring: Lunch, Water Bottle, change of clothes, sunscreen, bathing suit and towel.
Social Skills for Life programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, class or sexual orientation.
Contact Us for more info!