Expressions is a unique recreational summer day camp program designed to empower socially through camp! We seek to meet the needs of children, ages 6-18, who have different types of social skill challenges such as High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and PDD-NOS or just for those who feel they need a little more social confidence with their peers. Expressions at Big Oak Day Camp is a welcoming community where your child can safely enjoy a fun summer camp experience while improving and practicing his or her social skills through carefully selected interactions with typical peers. Expressions Day Camp is a safe place to express oneself!
Expressions provides a much needed program for the specific needs of our campers. We seek to meet each child at the level of their development and build a scaffolding of support through relational based strategies including levels of engagement, problem solving and representational play. In addition to a program full of age appropriate games and activities, Expressions will incorporate activities designed to develop skills in the following areas: conversation, team-building, non-verbal communication, anger management, frustration tolerance, friendship making, problem solving, emotional development & opportunities for personal creativity.
Other activities in this camp program will include arts and crafts, movement and dance, yoga, swimming, computers, nature, team challenge activities, hiking, drama, stream exploration, game play, and more.
Expressions Day Camp is located on the 20+ acre campus of the Big Oak Day Camp located at 752 Big Oak Rd, Yardley, PA 19067. Read more about the location.
Lunch is included. However, campers may choose to bring their own lunch to camp.
Expressions is a 8-week summer camp program with two divisions: Junior Camp (ages 6-12) and the Teen Camp (ages 13-18). Because Expressions is a program designed to teach and reinforce prosocial behaviors, we strongly recommend campers attend at least for two consecutive weeks in order to provide greater consistency and reinforcement in learning, allow for a smooth transition period, and ultimately achieve the most positive results for each camper.
Many of our Expressions campers qualify for ESY in their local school districts. To accommodate, we have designed FANTASTIC FRIDAYS as a stand=alone, 1-day per-week option for those who utilize ESY the other 4 days per week. We provide one rate for 8 summer Fridays (June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27 Aug 3, 10 & 17). If your ESY is 3 days a week- we can arrange a special package to meet your needs. Contact Account Services Manager, Linda Schloo, for more details: Accounts@CampConcepts.org.
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More About Our Divisional Programs
Junior Camp (ages 6-12)
Our Junior Camp (ages 6-12) is designed to develop age appropriate social skills within a natural setting. Campers enjoy typical camp activities that provides campers with multiple opportunities to practice and generalize their social skills with same aged peers. Campers engage in games and activities as a platform for socialization and fun. Whether it be science exploration, cheering each other on in a game or team building activity, enjoying swimming and water play or the creativity of arts & crafts or drama, our junior campers are able to enjoy a typical summer camp experience to develop stronger social skills and self-confidence.
Teen Camp (ages 13-18)
Our Teen Camp (ages 13-18) Our older teens are at a very important juncture in life as they progress towards greater independent living and decision-making skills. Supported by an engaging curriculum that addresses age appropriate issues such as: hygiene, appearance, and appropriate conversations with the opposite sex, in addition to the ongoing practice with friendship skills, conversation, reading social cues, handling teasing, weekly community trips will help prepare them for increased independence, self-determination and self-advocacy. Our social skill curriculum for our teens address age appropriate issues such as: hygiene, appearance, and appropriate conversations with the opposite sex, in addition to the ongoing practice with friendship skills, conversation, reading social cues, handling teasing, and many others.
Teen Training Program
Teen Training Program gives our oldest campers the opportunity to practice and reinforce good social skills through the running of the camp store. Each day, campers “work”the store accepting payment, making change, managing inventory, counting money as well as set up and clean up.
Weekly Trips (ages 6-18)
Weekly Trips (ages 6-18) allows campers to spend time in the community in order to prepare them for increased independence. Examples of weekly trips typically include trips to the mall, restaurants, the market, community programs or possibly bowling or mini golf. These trips also provide experience in planning and money handling.
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