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: 8:30am -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!
Parent Information Sessions
Parents interested in admissions to Camp Aristotle at the Silver Spring Campus for Summer 2020 are invited to attend one of the following Open Houses 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:
- Thursday, February 13 | 9:00 - 10:00am
- Wednesday, March 19 | 9:00 - 10:00am
- Tuesday, April 14 | 9:00 - 10:00am
- Wednesday, May 6 | 9:00 - 10:00am
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 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 (required)
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
Summer 2020 Weekly Themes
Week 1 (June 29th – 2nd)* | America the Beautiful
*shortened week due to July 4th holiday. Discount applies.
Through art, games, drama, our campers will explore what makes America a special place to live. Campers will explore monuments, special places, and the people who have made America great, and use games and storytelling to learn about good citizenship.Social Learning Focus: Plan A and Plan B- how to design and carry out an alternative plan when our best, preferred, and favorite plan is not available.
Week 2 (July 6th – 10th) | Legos and Wonderful Machines!
Campers will create lego builds and machines to help solve both common and uncommon problems they may encounter in the world. Campers will practice following and giving directions to peers and will use building toys in nontraditional ways to create board games, mazes, and functioning machines.Social Learning Focus: Social behavior maps- learn how your behavior impacts other people, and behavior's effect on the positive and negative consequences experienced as a result. Practice strategies to make more prosocial choices.
Week 3 (July 13th – 17th) | Mad Science Week
Campers will learn about and use important, complex, and simple machines to solve problems, build towering structures, and get their hands dirty creating amazing mixtures and solutions! Bring your goggles and lab coats for this amazing week of science and exploration!Social Learning Focus: Flexibility- learn how to identify rigid vs. flexible moments , set up goals and practice the use of humor and flexibility when challenging moments arise.
Week 4 (July 20th – 24th) | Around the World in 5 Days
Campers will travel the world using diverse physical and digital platforms. Create vehicles that will cross mountains and deserts, and build worlds that friends can then explore. What sort of things will you hide and discover?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.
Week 5 (July 27th – July 31st) | Aristotle Olympics
Campers will aim for gold and enjoy a week full of exploration of group and individual based competition. Campers will track and plan for success at a variety of games and activities, and work together to find success. In addition, campers will explore the different sports, games and activities played in different parts of the world.Social Learning Focus: Problem-solving- learn how to identify the size of a problem and practice strategies to match your reaction accordingly.
Week 6 (August 3rd – 7th) | Super Heroes and Heroics
Come in with a creative brain and be ready for a challenge as Camp Aristotle goes on a weeks' worth of wild adventures! Create and participate in adventurous scenarios and explore problems that need to be overcome. Where will your imagination take you?Social Learning Focus: Perspective taking- using your brain to think about how others might be feeling after observing overt and covert responses to individual and class behaviors and identify how to adjust our own behavior as a result.