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.
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 Fairfax Campus for Summer 2017 are invited to attend an Open House to learn more about our program and camp. The information sessions are intended for parents/guardians only.
If you are unable to attend one of the information sessions, please contact us to get information by phone or to schedule an appointment.
How to Apply
Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2017 for rising Kindergarten through 9th graders. Please note the application deadline of May 19, 2017 (Early Bird April 7, 2017). 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 Returning Campers
- Application for Auburn Students
- Summer Camp Forms
- VA Health Form
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: $600 per week, $575 for holiday week of July 3-7
- Half Day: $300 per week; $275 for holiday week of July 3-7
- Aftercare - $110/week, $30/day
Summer 2017 Themes
July 3rd – 7th: Building Bonanza and Robotic Engineering
Build the world you have been envisioning as a Camp Aristotle engineer! Legos, Minecraft, technology, and other unconventional materials help bring your imagination to life during the week that building and robots take over!
Social Learning Focus - Achieving expectations and self-advocating skills: identify the difference between expected/acceptable and unexpected/unacceptable behaviors. Learn how expected behaviors change based on where you are, who you are with and what you are doing.
July 10th – 14th: Performing and Visual Arts
Come for a week of art exploration! Have you ever thought of how fun it would be to draw a self-portrait or create a sculpture? Throughout the day you will be able to choose from a variety of art workshops. You will have the opportunity to choose which kind of art you would like to explore every hour of the day. Art choices will include drawing, painting, sculpting, designing and making of collages, experimenting and learning about drama, music and dance among others.
Social Learning Focus - Problem solving and learning how to identify the size of a problem and practice strategies to match your reaction accordingly.
July 17th – 21st: Animals around the World
Come and join to explore the fauna around the world. You will be able to learn and explore the variety of life on Earth and become an expert on animals and how to protect our wildlife.
Social Learning Focus - Social behavior maps: learn how your behavior impacts other people and affects the consequences you experience, both positive and negative; practice strategies to make more prosocial choices.
July 24th – 28th - Myths, Legends, and Heroes….Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, Avengers, and more…
From knights and dragons to Fantastic Beasts and witty wizards. We will spend the week reinventing the adventures of our favorite myths, legends, and heroes.
Social Learning Focus, Rock Brain and flexibility: learn how to identify rigid vs. flexible moments and practice being flexible when challenges arise.
July 31st – August 4th Mad Scientists and Inventors
Put on your lab coats, safety goggles, and charge up your Einstein Minds for a week of innovation and creativity! Investigate scientific discoveries and important inventors from around the word. Make chemicals react, test hypotheses, see what new discoveries YOU can make! Imagine a design, draw blueprints, and create your own custom invention to share with the group this week.
Social Learning Focus, the brain and all it can do: discover all the jobs your brain has and learn how your brain controls what you do. Learn the difference between social smarts and school/science smarts.
August 7th – 11th Adventureland
Join us for a fun filled week featuring uniquely themed adventures each day. Camp Aristotle will be like Disneyland, each day having a different theme just like the park!
Social Learning Focus: Choice Vs No Choice situations and dealing with the unexpected. Learning to identify what is within our power to change and what is not.