At Camp Aristotle, we believe that the summer should be stress-free and full of fun! Our weekly themes are chosen with input from students because we know that growth happens when children are truly engrossed in what they are doing. Our exciting activities are carefully designed to foster friendships, self awareness, exploration, and social success. Many students at Camp Aristotle experience challenges associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (previously Asperger's Syndrome or PDD-NOS), receptive/expressive/pragmatic language challenges and, ADHD; however, not all campers have a formal diagnosis. Students at Camp Aristotle may have trouble with peer relationships and/or impulse control. Sometimes, they have previously experienced unhappiness and frustration in camps where their need for tools such as sensory breaks were not respected or understood. Our teachers and staff are specially trained to understand these needs. Our goal is to provide all of our campers with an enjoyable, fulfilling and bully-free camp experience.
Camp Aristotle accepts rising Kindergarten through rising 9th grade campers offering both half day and full day options. The hours are as followed:
Full day: 8:15am -3:15pm
Half day: 8:15am -12:00pm
Aftercare: 3:15pm -5:15pm (for an additional charge)
Explore, Create, Move, and Discover
At Camp Aristotle, campers participate in a variety of activities based on the weekly themes. Activities include creative arts; drama; cooking; music, movement and dance; team building games; science experiments; construction and design; water play; and computers.
Each day, campers rotate through different activities and are encouraged and supported to take risks, improve social skills, make new friends, and try different things. A daily snack is provided.
Our summer program is designed with engaging and exciting activities, projects and visitors relating to a weekly theme. Our model integrates social thinking and learning support throughout the day so campers can build friendships, explore, and most importantly, have fun!
Parent Information Sessions
Parents interested in admissions to Camp Aristotle at the Baltimore Campus for Summer 2020 are invited to attend an Open House to learn more about our program and camp. The information sessions are intended for parents/guardians only. 2020 Camp Open House Dates are as followed:
If you are unable to attend one of the information sessions, please contact us to get information or to schedule an appointment.
How to Apply
Applications will soon become available for Summer 2020, for rising Kindergarten through 9th graders. Please note the application deadline of May 1, 2020 (Early Bird April 6, 2020). We ask families to submit applications by the deadline in order to ensure proper staffing, groupings and supplies. We will of course still consider applications submitted after the deadline if we still have spaces available!
- Application for New Campers
- Application for Auburn Students
- Application for Returning Campers
- Camp Forms
All students new to The Auburn School or Camp Aristotle must attend a visit to ensure that Camp Aristotle can meet their needs. Applicants will be contacted in order to schedule after their entire application has been received and processed.
- Application Fee: $50 (Applied to tuition for all accepted campers)
- Full Day: $700 per week, $650 for holiday week of June 29 - July 2
- Half Day: $375 per week; $325 for holiday week of June 29 - July 2
- Aftercare: $110/week, $30/day
- Early application discount of 5% off total tuition for complete applications (application, teacher evaluation & fee) received by April 6, 2020 (Regular application deadline: May 1, 2020)
- Multi-week discount of 5% off total tuition for campers signed up for multiple weeks at time of application
Summer 2020 Weekly Themes
Week 1 (June 29th – July 2nd) | Adventure
*shortened week due to July 4th holiday. Discount applies.
During Adventure week, campers will explore the great outdoors- from camping to geotracking, from mountains to oceans. Campers will also examine the tools needed for their various outdoor adventures.
Week 2 (July 6th – July 10th) | Lego Invasion
Legos and technology meet this week in camp. Bring your Lego creations to life with your own Lego movies and games, and learn in teams how to design, create, and control your own Lego robots. Watch as big imagination turns into awesome creation!
Week 3 (July 13th – July 17th) | Music Lab
The music lab will inspire budding and experienced performers to create their own compositions and team up to perform, record, and share their compositions. Campers will explore using musical instruments, drama, rap, and movement to collaborate and express themselves through performing arts.
Week 4 (July 20th – July 24th) | Aristotle in Space: Space & World Exploration
Blast into a galactic adventure during this week. Campers will learn about the solar system, and build rockets and space shuttles. They will also explore stars, constellations, and the possibility of other life forms.
Week 5 (July 27th – July 31st) | STEAM- Makerspace
Campers will dive in the world of STEAM- Science, technology, engineering, art and math. Let your imagination run wild! This week you will think the unthinkable, and create new possibilities. Recreate crazy inventions, draw blueprints, use real construction materials, and share your brilliant contraptions.
Week 6 (August 3rd – August 7th) | Aristotle Olympics
In this last week, campers will take part in the first-ever Camp Aristotle Summer Olympics! They will create their own team flags and work together to partake in individual and group games and activities.