QUANTUM ACADEMY – COLLEGE SUMMER CAMPS
College students aged 18+
Quantum Academy is designed to immerse high school seniors and new and returning college students in activities that open their eyes to what they need to succeed in college and to ready themselves for life beyond college. A prime focus of this program is the development by students of a personal growth plan and clearly defined action steps. In building habits for success, students participate in team activities, workshops, dialogue, and personal reflection.
Students are unique individuals with different needs and abilities who benefit from SuperCamp in a variety of areas. Although most students say SuperCamp was one of the best experiences of their life, what’s important is the long-lasting results. After attending SuperCamp, 73% of the students increase their grades (this includes straight-A students), 84% report higher self-esteem, 68% increase their motivation levels, and 98% say they continue to use skills they learned at SuperCamp long after attending. Even parents who attended SuperCamp themselves tell us SuperCamp changed their lives for the better and they continue to use the skills decades later.
A typical day
7:00 Wake up
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 – 12:30 Morning session*
“Daily Download” review of previous day’s learning with teams
Personal Growth Plan
Learning skills instruction and application to college and career
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 Unstructured time
Time dedicated to individual and or team activities
Consideration of the use of “free” time in the college and career setting
3:00 – 5:30 Afternoon session*
College and Career Preparation Roundtable
Guest Speaker / Panel
5:30 – 6:30 Dinner
6:30 – 8:30 Evening session*
Self-exploration and reflection
Life skills instruction
8:30 – 9:30 Closing session including some or all of the following:
10:00 Lights out
Life at Supercamp
OUR CAMPUS - Students share rooms at the Rifugio Sole Hotel. Breakfast is at 7:30 AM and the day ends shortly after a closing gathering. Lights out is at 10:00 PM. The student to staff ratio is at least four to one (4:1). Team leaders live in the same residence halls as their students, with males and females on separate floors.
SAFETY - Since its first program in 1982, SuperCamp has provided a safe, secure environment for participants. Students remain on campus at all times. On day one, we assign them to teams of 16 to 20 campers with two team leaders. The nature of our team-building exercises guarantees that your child will immediately feel supported by the team leaders and will quickly form close bonds with other campers. We have a trained wellness person (many are registered nurses) at every program who supports the emotional and physical well-being of all kids at camp.
MEALS - Students eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and two snacks each day. All meals are with Italian home-made foods. We cater for vegetarians, pescetarians, vegans, gluten-free and pork-free diets.
Key areas of focus
Students gain brain-friendly study strategies that will guide their success in college. Through Quantum Writing students will distinguish between how to work with academic writing and carry the skills over to professional writing for resumes, cover letters, and interview writing samples. Quantum Reading will explore how to improve reading speed and comprehension to support the high academic load that comes in the college environment. These skills and strategies support students in high school, college, and the professional work environment.
Personal insights are the norm at SuperCamp and are emphasized at Quantum Academy. We help students build self-confidence and motivation and teach them the value of strong relationships. Through roundtable discussions and guest speakers students learn about time management, the decision-making process, personal finances, and navigating changes that come with graduating high school and moving into the world. We inspire students to value themselves and to believe in their ability to excel in all areas of their lives.
Forbes magazine states that the top three traits that employers seek in job candidates are the ability to work with a team, the ability to make decisions and solve problems, and the attributes of a positive and impactful leader. Quantum Academy develops these traits through focus on creative thinking, goal-setting, problem-solving, team building, and collaboration. Returning Quantum Academy participants can join the Mentor Track, which enables campers to mentor others while honing their personal leadership style.
Breaking through self-imposed personal fears and limitations is a vital learning and growth experience for students. Topics include risk-taking, trust, and setting goals that reflect personal values and beliefs. Students participate in a powerful barrier-breaking activity that produces strong feelings that they are capable of overcoming obstacles and doing anything they set their mind to.
The 8 Keys of Excellence are integrated into all aspects of the Quantum Academy program. These Keys teach students to match their behavior with their values, learn from their mistakes, speak honestly and kindly, make the most of every moment, make their dreams happen, take responsibility for their actions, be flexible, and live their best life. When students embrace these principles, they are inspired to strive for personal excellence. We progress through this process with self-assessment activities, visualization of best self, and designing optimal personal and professional goals.
We believe that learning must be fun to be effective. At Quantum Academy we utilize research-based educational practices to create a joyful and engaging learning environment. We include music, fun activities, entertaining skits, and energetic games—students participate in their learning at Quantum Academy, they don’t just observe! We know that when learning is meaningful, memorable, and joyful, students learn, grow, and excel.