Aristotle Fairfax
  • 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 12th grade campers offering both half day and full day options. The hours are as followed: 

    Full day: 8:30am -3:15pm
    Half day: 8:30am -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!

Admissions

  • Parent Information Sessions

    Parents interested in admissions to Camp Aristotle at the Fairfax Campus for Summer 2019 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 2019 for rising Kindergarten through 12th graders. Please note the application deadline of April 30, 2019 (Early Bird April 5, 2019). 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!

    Camper Visit

    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.

    Fees

    • Application Fee: $50 (applied to tuition for all accepted campers)
    • Full Day: $650 per week, $600 for holiday week of July 1-5
    • Half Day: $350 per week; $300 for holiday week of July 1-5
    • Aftercare: $110/week, $30/day

Summer 2019 Weekly Themes: Lower Camp (K-6)

  • Week 1 (July 1st – 5th*) | Makers Space
    Campers will delve into creativity and innovation while using critical thinking skills through various STEAM activities that involve circuits, micro-controllers, tinkering, sewing, etc., as a means of utilizing 21st century skills of communicating, creating and collaborating.

    Social Learning Focus: The importance of flexible thinking, Plan A/Plan B, compromise and consensus. Using your social smarts to think about others instead of being a ‘just me’ thinker.

    Week 2 (July 8th – 12th) | 2019: A Science Fiction Odyssey
    Journey to the galaxies where campers will explore our solar system and catch a worm hole real or imagined extraterrestrials, space ships, space ports, planets and time travel. Fasten your seatbelts as we blast off for parts unknown in other worlds!

    Social Learning Focus: Using problem solving to identify the size of a problem and the importance of appropriately matching your reaction. Developing appropriate strategies to help you maintain a clear mind and a calm body

    Week 3 (July 15th – 19th) | Discovering Dinosaurs
    Campers will travel back to prehistoric time to the land of the dinosaurs. Tramp through the jungle, fly through the sky or slither through the deep with giant creatures of the Jurassic Era. Campers will explore a variety of dinosaur themed activities that engage the imagination, as well as examine scientific facts.

    Social Learning Focus: Choice vs No Choice situations. Learning to identify what is within our power to change and what is not.

    Week 4 (July 22nd – 26th) | Fantastic Beasts
    Campers will be transported to the world of fantastic beasts, monsters and unusual animals from our world. Like Newt Scamander, campers will collect a menagerie in their own magical suitcases to bring home along with making their own magic wands to make sure none of their creatures escape!

    Social Learning Focus: Choice vs. No Choice situations. Learning to identify what is within our power to change and what is not.

    Week 5 (July 29th – August 2nd) | Wide World of Gaming – Video Games, Board Games and Beyond
    Campers will investigate the world of gaming through critical thinking, creative and STEAM activities with their favorite games and characters, including Mario, Minecraft, Pokemon, etc. Campers will delve into digital and analog gaming from current technology to games constructed from recycled materials.

    Social Learning Focus: Choice vs. No Choice situations. Learning to identify what is within our power to change and what is not.

    Week 6 (August 5th – 9th) | Super Heroes
    Look, up in the sky! It’s the mighty campers of Camp Aristotle to save the day! Campers will examine super heroes, real and imagined and explore the question, “What is a hero?”. Campers will meet real heroes from our community and transform themselves into a super hero of their own design. 

    Social Learning Focus: Compromise and Choice vs. No Choice situations. Learning to identify what is within your power to change and what is not. Learn how to use the skill of compromise to improve flexibility and resiliency. 

Summer 2019 Weekly Themes: Upper Camp (7-12)

  • Week 1 (July 1st – 5th*) | Makers Space
    Campers will delve into creativity and innovation while using critical thinking skills through various STEAM activities that involve circuits, micro-controllers, tinkering, sewing, etc., as a means of utilizing 21st century skills of communicating, creating and collaborating.

    Social Learning Focus: The importance of flexible thinking, Plan A/Plan B, compromise and consensus. Using your social smarts to think about others instead of being a ‘just me’ thinker.

    Week 2 (July 8th – 12th) | 2019: A Science Fiction Odyssey
    Journey to the galaxies where campers will explore our solar system and catch a worm hole real or imagined extraterrestrials, space ships, space ports, planets and time travel. Fasten your seatbelts as we blast off for parts unknown in other worlds!

    Social Learning Focus: Using problem solving to identify the size of a problem and the importance of appropriately matching your reaction. Developing appropriate strategies to help you maintain a clear mind and a calm body

    Week 3 (July 15th – 19th) | Comics, Webtoons and Manga
    Joins us for a journey into the world of pop culture visual storytelling. Whether campers enjoy drawing comics or just enjoy reading, they will explore their favorites and have an introduction to the genre from other countries and other perspectives. Campers will dabble in character design, story development and production using analog and digital media.

    Social Learning Focus: Choice Vs No Choice situations. Learning to identify what is within our power to change and what is not.

    Week 4 (July 22nd – 26th) | Fantastic Beasts
    Campers will be transported to the world of fantastic beasts, monsters and unusual animals from our world. Like Newt Scamander, campers will collect a menagerie in their own magical suitcases to bring home along with making their own magic wands to make sure none of their creatures escape!

    Social Learning Focus: Choice vs. No Choice situations. Learning to identify what is within our power to change and what is not.

    Week 5 (July 29th – August 2nd) | Wide World of Gaming – Video Games, Board Games and Beyond
    Campers will investigate the world of gaming through critical thinking, creative and STEAM activities with their favorite games and characters, including Mario, Minecraft, Pokemon, etc. Campers will delve into digital and analog gaming from current technology to games constructed from recycled materials.

    Social Learning Focus: Choice vs. No Choice situations. Learning to identify what is within our power to change and what is not.

    Week 6 (August 5th – 9th) | Super Heroes
    Look, up in the sky! It’s the mighty campers of Camp Aristotle to save the day! Campers will examine super heroes, real and imagined and explore the question, “What is a hero?”. Campers will meet real heroes from our community and transform themselves into a super hero of their own design. 

    Social Learning Focus: Compromise and Choice vs. No Choice situations. Learning to identify what is within your power to change and what is not. Learn how to use the skill of compromise to improve flexibility and resiliency.