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!
Parent Information Sessions
Parents interested in admissions to Camp Aristotle at the Fairfax 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:
- Friday, March 27 | 9:00 - 10:00am postponed- please stay tuned
- Monday, April 27 | 9:00 - 10:00am postponed- please stay tuned
- Thursday, May 28 | 2:00 - 3:00pm
- Monday, June 8 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
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 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)
- Virginia Health Form (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 – July 2nd*) | Nature
Birds, bugs, and campfires oh my! This week campers will explore nature. Campers will enjoy a variety of sensory, social, movement, and art themed activities throughout the week.
Social Learning Focus: What does it mean to be flexible? Campers will work to define flexibility and rigidity and how it can lead us to feeling stuck. They will also be using the Plan A/Plan B strategy to help them remain flexible when they encounter glitches and small problems.
Week 2 (July 6th – 10th) | Super Heroes
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Camp Aristotle! Campers will discover real and imagined super heroes this week. They will explore the question, “What is a hero?”. Campers will meet real heroes from our community and transform into a super hero themselves.
Social Learning Focus: What is a hero? Campers will explore the qualities behind a hero; why they do what they do and what characteristics do they possess? Through self-reflection the campers will work to identify ways they can be more like their favorite hero.
Week 3 (July 13th – 17th) | The Senses
This week campers will use the 5 senses to understand and perceive the world around them. They will participate in themed activities to explore their sense of touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste.
Social Learning Focus: Identifying Feelings and Coping Strategies. Campers will work to accurately identify how they are feeling and learn appropriate strategies to help them remain flexible during periods of disappointment, anger, and frustration.
Week 4 (July 20th – 24th) | Under the Sea and in the Air
This week campers will go up, up, and away and to the land down under. Campers will discover the unknowns of outer space and life under the sea through research, investigation and exploration.
Social Learning Focus: The Size of Our Problems.This week will focus on accurately identifying the size of a problem (small/medium/big) so that campers can utilize strategies to help them better match the reaction to their size.Week 5 (July 27th – July 31st) | Aristotle Olympics“Don’t put a limit on anything.” This week campers will participate in the Camp Aristotle 2020 Summer Olympics. They will dive into learning about the various sports, compete with themselves in the Olympic events, and at the end of the week come home with the gold!
Social Learning Focus: Setting Goals. Campers will be defining and setting personal goals. They will work on developing a plan of action to help meet their chosen goal, as well as a Plan B, then practice self-reflection to monitor their progression and motivation.
Week 6 (August 3rd – 7th) | STEAM
This week campers will explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math. They will conduct experiments, build with Legos, create fine arts and crafts, explore technology, and manipulate numbers.
Social Learning Focus: Compromise. Campers will identify 4 steps of compromise and use them to work together collaboratively and to solve interpersonal conflicts with others.