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SENIOR FORUM

High schoolers aged 14-19

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

  • Greeting

  • Lively music to get students’ bodies and brains awake and attentive

  • Learning skills and/or life skills instruction (through fun activities and academic rotation sessions)

  • Team time

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 Activity time

Activities chosen by students such as:

  • outdoor sports

  • campus book store visit

  • main room games

  • conversation, reading, quiet time

3:30 – 5:30 Afternoon session* 

  • Learning skills and/or life skills instruction

  • Team time

5:30 – 6:30 Dinner

6:30 – 8:30 Evening session*

  • More learning skills and/or life skills instruction

  • Paired shares

  • Team time

8:30 – 9:30 Closing session including some or all of the following:

  • Journal time

  • Shares

  • Announcements

  • Song

  • Nightly review

10:00 Lights out

 

* Music and fun learning activities permeate all sessions and breaks are regularly provided. Times and activities may vary.

SuperCamp’s Senior Forum is a summer program for students entering grades 9 to 12. Senior Forum is a transformational experience for high school students, most of whom are feeling the stresses of needing to achieve good grades, but who are doing so as much for their parents as for themselves. This “have to” feeling switches up at SuperCamp, as students get inspired and self-motivated to want to learn and to set and achieve goals.

 

One of the great things about  SuperCamp is that we provide each student with an established path for personal growth and learning.

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.

Life at Supercamp

OUR CAMPUS - Students share rooms at the Rifugio Sores. 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 with 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 are served breakfast, homemade Italian lunch and dinner and two snacks each day. We cater for vegetarians, pescatarians, vegans, gluten-free and pork-free diets.    

Key areas of focus

Academic confidence 

Students gain specialized academic strategies applicable in any learning situation. Topics covered include effective reading and writing strategies, study skills, creative thinking, meaningful and memorable note-taking, and memorization tools. Our goal is to empower students to excel in all subjects.

Personal success

Students experience many personal insights during their time at SuperCamp. We help them build self-confidence and motivation and teach them the value of strong relationships. Topics covered include positive communication, self-reflection, habit formation, self-expression, and FIMAGE (fear of image). We inspire students to value themselves and to believe in their ability to excel in all areas of their lives.

Leadership

Leadership development is a priority throughout SuperCamp. It begins with first-year campers and continues with returning students who can join our Leadership Track, which supports further leadership-skill development. Leadership Track graduates can return to be on the Leadership Team, which helps them explore their personal leadership style.

Self-empowerment

Breaking through self-imposed personal fears and limitations is a vital learning and growth experience for students. Topics include risk-taking, trust, comfort zone vs. learning zone, and setting goals that reflect personal values and beliefs. Students participate in an outdoor challenge course and a barrier breaking activity, both of which produce strong feelings that they are capable of doing anything they set their mind to.

Character development

The 8 Keys of Excellence are integrated into all aspects of the Senior Forum 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.

Fun

We believe that to be effective learning must be fun. At SuperCamp we utilize research-based educational practices to create a joyful and engaging learning environment. We include music, fun activities, entertaining skits, and energetic games, and students participate in their learning at SuperCamp, they don’t just observe! We know that when learning is meaningful, memorable, and joyful, students excel.