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Altitude provides year-round camping experiences for kids, teens, and young adults with social cognitive challenges including: verbal and nonverbal learning disabilities, ADHD, Asperger’s, and high functioning autism. We build social skills, independence, and self-confidence to prepare our participants for the transition to young adulthood, future relationships, and the rest of their lives.

Sleepaway Camp

Altitude’s Sleepaway program is designed for kids, teens, and young adults, ages 11-22.

Some of our Sleepaway participants are at the stage where their foundational social skills are still emerging, while others may have already mastered many of the skills described. Frequently, we have participants with an uneven profile who have mastered some of these skills, yet have more difficulty with others. Often, our campers benefit from support to help them generalize what they have learned to new settings, activities, people, and situations.

Given our comprehensive intake process, we are privileged to have the opportunity to learn in depth about each of our participants, which allows us to take into consideration their level of skill development and assist each child to grow and build upon those skills that they have mastered. In general, the goal is for our participants to start off receiving the level of support that they require and over time – whether that is during a single summer or over a number of years – to gradually pull back that level of support from direct prompts and cues, to modeling and intermittent reminders, eventually eliminating it altogether.

Sleepaway participants focus on the advancement of skills in the areas of socialization, executive functioning, coping, and independent living.

Social Skills addressed at this level include:

  • Fine-tuning of conversational skills
  • Developing and maintaining reciprocal friendships
  • Identifying behaviors that are exhibited by a true friend
  • Recognizing nonverbal cues, sarcasm, and idioms
  • Learning to understand others’ perspectives
  • Working collaboratively as a team or within a group
  • Social problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Increasing self awareness
  • For our older campers – should the issue surface at camp – assisting with the navigation of romantic thoughts and interests that often emerge during this developmental phase
  • Self advocacy and polite assertiveness with peers and adults

At this stage we focus on the development and application of more advanced executive functioning and coping skills, such as:

  • Following more complex directions or game rules
  • Organization of belongings
  • Planning individually and as a group to meet particular goals, by learning to consider the steps necessary to achieve the goal
  • Time and schedule management
  • Increasing flexibility and learning to adjust expectations in various situations, including those that involve peers
  • Further development of appropriate expression and regulation of positive and negative feelings
  • Continued development of coping strategies that can be utilized in any situation

Our Sleepaway program also provides our participants with a wonderful opportunity to practice being away from home, family, and school in a supportive and caring environment. Learning to live in a group setting is empowering and helps to prepare our campers for their potential transition to college and adult living.

Independent living skills that are addressed include:

  • Following daily self care routines
  • Keeping a clean and neat living area
  • Making healthy choices during meals and rest times
  • Budgeting
  • Self advocacy

Our aim is for all of our participants to increase their level of responsibility and independence over their time at Altitude. This is best exemplified by the encouragement and mentoring that we provide to our most advanced participants by allowing them to take on leadership roles that involve assisting our staff according to their strengths and interests.

The Program

  • July 12-21, 2019
  • Kids and teens ages 11-22
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1
  • Check-in is from 10:00am-12:00pm on the first day of the program and check-out is from 1:00-3:00pm on the last day.

Pricing & Enrollment

  • $3,440
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Mad Science

It’s our first-ever weekend summer session, so let’s get a little crazy in the Altitude laboratory. We’re going to learn how to work together in teams to engineer an egg drop, and we’ll utilize our problem-solving skills to make a straw and rubber band bridge. Participants will have so much fun while gaining friendships through sharing experiment experiences — making rock candy, creating color changing slime, and building bottle rockets.

The Program

  • June 21-23, 2019
  • Kids and teens ages 9-18
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1
  • Check-in is from 10:00am-12:00pm on the first day and check-out is from 1:00-3:00pm on the last day

Pricing & Enrollment

  • $930
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Tahoe Travel Camp

A Tahoe beach vacation is the perfect way to make new friends and discover new places. We’ll practice our teamwork skills with a kayaking adventure, reach new heights with our nature hikes, explore the best state parks, and enjoy spending time in Squaw Valley.

The Program

  • June 21-23, 2019
  • Young adults and adults ages 16-28
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1
  • Check-in is from 10:00-11:00am on the first day, and check-out is from 5:00-6:00pm on the last day

Pricing & Enrollment

  • $1,116
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Adventures in Life Planning Overnight

Leadership participants will get all of the fun of camp while learning valuable organizational and mentorship skills. Activities will include managing the Altitude store to display leadership skills, promoting a positive Altitude economy during a variety of camp activities, working on career skills through building a résumé, practicing interviewing through real life scenarios, going on a college campus tour, job readiness training, honing in on executive functioning skills through meal time prep and self-care responsibilities, and learning expected vs. unexpected social etiquette. Participants must submit a separate application to apply for the leadership program.

The Program

  • July 17-21, 2019
  • Young adults ages 18-28
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1
  • Check-in is from 10:00am-12:00pm on the first day of the program and check-out is from 1:00-3:00pm on the last day.

Pricing & Enrollment

  • $2,060
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Getaway

Getaway is an abbreviated overnight experience for those who are not quite ready for the full 10 days. This 5-day, 4-night stay on campus allows for friendships to be developed. Participants are still provided with warmth, guidance, and support to help prepare them for the transition to young adulthood, future relationships, and the rest of their lives!

The Program

  • July 17-21, 2019
  • Kids, teens, and young adults ages 9-22
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1
  • Check-in is from 10:00am-12:00pm on the first day of the program and check-out is from 1:00-3:00pm on the last day.

Pricing & Enrollment

  • $2,060
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Mini Altitude

Mini Altitude provides participants with an opportunity to engage in the Altitude experience on a smaller scale. Participants will engage in the same activities as our Sleepaway participants while building important life skills in a naturalistic setting. These skills include practicing and developing social skills as well as executive function skills and coping strategies.

The Program

  • July 17-21, 2019
  • Kids and teens ages 9-18
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1
  • Check-in is from 9:00am-6:00pm each day.

Pricing & Enrollment

  • $1,300
  • Click below to inquire online or call Katie Gilbreth 408-243-7861, ext. 218 to inquire over the phone

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