About a year ago, we ran an essay written by a young lady who had attended a 10-day SuperCamp learning and life skills summer camp. We thought we would provide a link to the essay once again because we had such a positive response to it last time.
The essay was written about three months after her experience at SuperCamp. Here’s how it begins:
“I was scared. What if nobody liked me? As my mother and I drove down the sparkling streets of Stanford University in our blue Ford mustang, I wondered if everything would be alright. As we tried to find our way to the dorm I would be staying in for ten days, my mom kept telling me how much fun I was going to have and all the new things I would learn. Of course, I had signed up for SuperCamp, but as the number of days grew smaller and the moments until camp crept closer, I became more and more scared. Would I be able to survive ten days with 150 strangers? Would I get homesick?”
Go to http://www.supercamp.com/essay.html to read the entire essay
A Common Reaction
The feelings expressed in the opening paragraph of this essay are common ones for kids when they arrive at SuperCamp. Chances are, coming to SuperCamp was not their idea. Parents, aware of SuperCamp’s track record of helping teens and pre-teens with everything from social skills to study skills, usually are the impetus behind the enrollment.
But a funny thing happens once camp starts — the fears disappear and they’re replaced by laughter, animated learning, new friendships, and growth. So, when graduation day arrives, it’s not surprising to hear most campers call it “the best time of my life.”
A Life Changing Experience
The impact of attending SuperCamp even once can be life changing. Unmotivated kids gain focus and purpose. Boys or girls who may lack confidence or self-esteem come away feeling better about themselves and their future than ever before. Underachievers benefit from an array of powerful learning skills that they can apply in all subjects areas. High achievers acquire valuable communication and leadership skills that prepare them for success at the next level.
Why SuperCamp Works So Well
How does SuperCamp do it? SuperCamp uses a proprietary method of teaching and learning called Quantum Learning® that SuperCamp co-founder, Bobbi DePorter, and her elite team of educators have developed and refined over the last 30 years.
These brain-based methods, which have evolved from accelerated learning principles, are designed to unlock a young person’s full potential for learning and personal growth by creating an optimal learning environment and actively involving the whole person in every learning exercise.
Homeschool Kids and Parents Love SuperCamp. Here’s why…
Laurence Russo, a SuperCamp grad parent, explains why he loves SuperCamp. “Your camp has had such a positive impact on my kids. I would say thatSuperCamp is the single most beneficial thing I have done for my kids as a parent. Both kids are happier and have so much more self confidence. My kids are loving life and it shows. Thanks so much — I hope I can send them again!”
As for the kids, the last thing most of them want to do in summer is spend 10 days at an “academic camp.” That’s understandable. But, SuperCamp is so different from what they expect — music (lots of music), dynamic instructors, supportive team leaders, bonding with team members (usually 10-12 on a team), a fun outdoor adventure day, and growth — so much growth.
College Prep and a Whole Lot More
For homeschoolers who have college on the horizon in the next two, three or four years, SuperCamp is invaluable at sharpening college-level learning skills in such areas as critical thinking, creative writing, test taking, test prep, reading comprehension and reading speed.
On the life skills side, SuperCamp helps students learn about goal-setting, time management, personal responsibility, relationship building and so many other aspects of life that enables a new college student to succeed away from home.
For kids 11-13 years old, SuperCamp’s Junior Forum similarly prepares them for their next level of learning and life. And as they acquire new skills, they gain the confidence, self-esteem and motivation to apply the skills successfully in their academic and personal lives.
SuperCamp also offers an 8-day Quantum U program for incoming and current college students, which delves even deeper into developing students’ real-world skills both for college and for life after college. Quantum U is held at Colorado College in late July.
An Unmatched Track Record of Success Stories
Over 53,000 students have graduated from SuperCamp since the program launched in 1982. The results, as documented in studies with as many as 6,000 SuperCamp grads, proves the effectiveness of the program. In a doctoral thesis, it was reported that 73 percent of grads improved their grades, 81 percent gained more confidence and 98 percent continued to use their new skills after SuperCamp.
Here’s what John, a SuperCamp grad parent says about SuperCamp. “SuperCamp gave my daughter the tools to improve not only her grades but also her attitude. She emerged a motivated â€˜can’t wait to learn more’ teenager. Better attitude, better self-motivation, more self-esteem and the bonus… better grades.”
Nine SuperCamp Locations in 2010
In 2010, SuperCamp is being held at nine schools across the U.S.: UCLA and Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Stanford in Northern California, Cal State San Marcos in San Diego, the University of Washington in Seattle, Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Lake Forest Academy in Chicago, Brown in Providence, Rhode Island, and Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Learn More at SuperCamp.com
Parents are encouraged to inquire early about reserving a spot at SuperCamp for the summer, as many camps fill up early. The SuperCamp website (www.SuperCamp.com) contains a wealth of information and videos. Parents also can call 800-285-3276 to speak with an enrollment specialist.