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Altitude provides year-round camping experiences for boys and girls 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.

Sleep-away Camp

Altitude’s Sleep-away program is designed for students entering the 5th through 12th grades.

Some of our Sleep-away 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 paricipants 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.

Sleep-away 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 Sleep-away 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.

Leadership opportunities are arranged on an individual basis, but may include scheduled times to support staff in preparing for activities, helping to lead activities, or assisting with the younger participants. These opportunities allow our most advanced participants to have a fun summer experience while continuing to build confidence and skills. This also helps them to attain experience in roles that will further prepare them for adulthood.

The Program

  • July 18-29, 2018
  • 10 day extended day option July 19-28, 2018 9am-8pm
  • Children entering 5th through 12th grade
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1
  • Check-in is from 9:00-11:00am on the first day of the program and check-out is from 10:00-12:00pm on the last day.

Pricing & Enrollment

  • $3,888 with $984 registration deposit refundable until 31 days before start date
  • Click below to inquire online or call Katie Gilbreth 408-243-7861, ext. 218 to inquire over the phone


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 Sleep-away participants while building important life skills in a naturalistic setting. These skills include practicing and developing social skills as well as executive functioning skills and coping strategies. Acquisition of these skills prepares our participants for learning higher-level skills once they are ready to advance to our sleep-away program.

The Program

  • July 23-27, 2018
  • Children entering 3rd through 12th grade
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1
  • Check-in is at 9:00am each morning and check-out is at 8:00pm each evening Monday through Friday

Pricing & Enrollment

  • $1,025 with $410 registration deposit refundable until 31 days before start date
  • Click below to inquire online or call Katie Gilbreth 408-243-7861, ext. 218 to inquire over the phone