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 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. 2019 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 are now being accepted for Summer 2019 for rising Kindergarten through 9th 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!
- Application for New Campers
- Application for Returning Campers
- Application for Auburn Students
- Summer 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: $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
- Early application discount of 5% off total tuition for complete applications (application, teacher evaluation & fee) received by April 5, 2018 (Regular application deadline: April 30, 2019)
- Multi-week discount of 5% off total tuition for campers signed up for multiple weeks at time of application
Summer 2019 Weekly Themes
Week 1 (July 1nd – July 5th) | Lego Invasion
*short week due to July 4th holiday. Discount applies.
Legos and technology meet this week during camp! Bring your Lego creations to life, making your own Lego movies and games! You will learn in teams how to design, create, and control your own Lego robots and see how big the world’s Lego creations can become!
Week 2 (July 8th – July 12th) | Knights of the Round Table
From knights to dragons campers will be taken back to medieval times. We will spend the week learning and creating knights, dragons, castles and armor.
Week 3 (July 15th – July 19th) | Music Lab
The music lab will inspire budding and experienced performers to create their own compositions or become part of a group to perform record and share their own performances. Campers will explore using musical instruments, drama, rap, and movement to collaborate and express themselves through performing arts.
Week 4 (July 22nd – July 26th) | STEAM / Coding 1
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. The campers will learning beginning coding.
Week 5 (July 29th – August 2nd) | STEAM / Coding 2
During the second week of STEAM/ Coding, campers will expand on their knowledge from STEAM/Coding 1. This week is geared for the more advanced camper interested in STEAM and Coding. You will learn in teams how to design, create, and control your own Lego robots, create your own inventions, use construction and recycled materials, along with coding their games.
Week 6 (August 5th – August 9th) | Space
Blast into a galactic adventure during this last week of camp. Campers will learn about the solar system, build rockets, and space shuttles. They will also explore stars, constellations, and the possibility of other life forms.