Our campers are boys and girls, ages 6 – 18 with underdeveloped social skills who may consequently struggle with making or keeping friends. They are of average to well above average intelligence, often with a great deal of undeveloped potential. While not an eligibility requirement, they may be diagnosed with AD/HD, Aspergers, a Learning Disability, or a similar issue, and about 20% of our campers are adopted. Because of their struggles, they greatly benefit from structure and consistency.
Our campers share many things in common – both socially and academically. Socially, they may have difficulties properly initiating or keeping conversations on a relevant track. They can struggle with not interrupting others or with personal space issues. These young people often have trouble identifying and responding to nonverbal (facial expressions, body language) or paraverbal (tone of voice, volume) messages. They may be strong willed and struggle with appreciating others’ interests or with compromising. Some of our campers have trouble with change or with coping with frustrations or disappointment. In general, they may not appropriately accept responsibility for their choices.
Academically, some of our campers have underachieved for a number of different reasons. They may have trouble with organizational skills (bringing home, completing, or turning in assignments). Some of our campers have difficulties staying on task and completing them. Some struggle with daily transitions between classes or between school years. Most of our campers are mainstreamed for the majority of the day or attend specialized programs for their learning needs. They may have high aspirations, but lack the necessary follow through needed to achieve their goals.
We know our parents want the ‘right’ program, the one that will best help their child. We want every camper who attends Camp Buckskin to have the most enjoyable growth experience possible. We request quite a bit of information during the application process to best ensure that this happens. As a preventative or early intervention program, we want to start working with young people as early as possible, starting at age 6. We prefer that campers are 13 or younger to start, and will continue to support their learning and growth through age 18.
We believe there is no “one size fits all” program. For example, adolescents can complicate existing challenges, so we are more deliberate when considering older applicants. While we want to help parents help their children, there are of course limits. Our program is not able to serve youth with severe emotional or behavioral problems, those with chronic mental or physical illness, those with extremely restricted dietary issues, or who are adjudicated.
If you have questions as to whether we are the ‘right fit’ for your child, we encourage you to call us. Our many years of experience have shown that a candid discussion of your child and our program can provide you with the answers you need.