"Sending Tina to the Expressions Camp is probably the best thing I have ever been able to do for my daughter. She came to Expressions in its first year, she had just turned 13. She has had a wonderful summer camp experience - something we didn't think was possible before."
~ Kathy (parent)
"This camp has had an amazing effect on my client and her development! I have seen such a big change in her since she began camp. Her recall is much quicker, she likes talking about her day now, and she has more 'bubblyness' to her. I haven't met you but I can tell you are wonderful teachers who really know your campers and really care. I'm thrilled that my client is having such a wonderful experience with you!"
~ Camper's ABA Therapist
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Expressions is a unique recreational summer day camp program designed to meet the needs of children, ages 4-18, who have different types of social skill deficits such as High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and PDD-NOS. Expressions at George School is a special place 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.
Formed in consultation with professionals in the field and an active parent steering committee, Expressions provides a much needed program for the specific needs of its 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 (including activities on our low-ropes team challenge course) hiking, drama, stream exploration and sensory based play opportunities for our younger campers and more.
Expressions is a 6-week summer camp program with three age divisions: Preschool Camp (ages 4 & 5), 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.
Expressions GPS - Overnight camp experience for campers ages 14-18
Expressions GPS is an innovative and unique overnight experience for our older teens designed to help teach and reinforce navigational life skills necessary for greater independent living and career skills. During this special week the day programming alters as our older teens learn more about technical school, college and future employment possibilities. Campers are also empowered with independent and group living choices such as meal planning and preparation, group schedule and planning decisions, activity choices and more. We strive to replicate both college or other group living situations to provide exposure and experience for our campers. During the GPS camp, campers live in the dormitory on the campus of George School. Most dorm room scenarios have two campers per room. Expressions staff members also reside in the dorms. There is an additional fee for this overnight experience.
LEADER IN TRAINING- (L.I.T) (available for some students ages 16-18)
L.I.T. is a leadership training program for those campers who show maturity, composure and an interest in working with others. As a L.I.T. young leaders are given opportunities to develop personal and leadership skills. Under mature staff supervision, our L.I.T. program recognizes that leadership skills can be taught, developed and sharpened through a careful mentoring program that involves feedback and discussion. Those accepted into the L.I.T. program may at times have a different camp day schedule from their same-age peers. It is during these times they may be assisting other staff as it relates to our camp program or providing valuable assistance in some other aspect of summer camp. To be accepted into the L.I.T. program, candidates must meet with the director in advance of the start of camp. There may be occasions where a camper may be accepted into the program mid-summer. Because not every camper is ready to handle the responsibilities of this leadership position, we reserve the right to make appointments or denials based on our experience with each individual camper.
About the preschool and teen camp programs:
The preschool camp is offered to children ages 4 and 5 who require a low camper to counselor ratio and benefit from consistent peer interaction and consistent social skills practice. The preschool educational program runs from 9:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m. The program is designed to reinforce academic preparation skills needed for PreSchool and Kindergarten. Social skills addressed at camp mimic those needed for success in school as well as on the playground. Children will also, on occasion, have the opportunity to interact with typical peers from our other pre school age day camp. Families may choose the half day (till 11:30 a.m.) or the full day preschool program which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The afternoon program is primarily contains both structured and unstructured free play time to increase social skills.
Our teen camp program allows adolescents ages 13 to 18 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, or possibly bowling or mini golf. These trips also provide experience in planning and money handling. Age appropriate skills are addressed 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. Due to the camp's low camper to counselor ratio, we have the flexibility to adjust our social skills curriculum to meet the ongoing and changing needs of our campers. One of the annual camp highlights is the camp talent show. It is a wonderful time where our campers perform, entertain and direct the show! Parents and friends are invited.
Expressions at George School will be held from July 1st - August 9th.
New in 2013: A 7th week plus longer overnight experience!
*The week of August 12-16 is an additional 7th week of camp open to those campers ages 6-18 and includes the overnight Expressions GPS camp for kids ages 14-18.
*Note: Camp is closed on Thursday, July 4.
The camp day runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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.
Although we have never raised our tuition prices since our inception, we realize the cost of affording a quality summer camp program for your son or daughter is expensive. We seek to hire only those individuals who have received specialized training and education for working with our kids. We are also fortunate to host this camp on one of Bucks Countyís most spectacular campuses complete with many indoor facilities with many amenities and beautiful grounds. To help, we encourage parents to seek out additional camp funding opportunities such as scholarships or grants. We do offer some limited internal grants. In 2012, nearly 50% of our families received either external or internal grant or scholarship funding!
Ages 6-18: Junior Camp & Teen Camp Program Rate: $525 per week + $25 registration fee*.
* The $25 registration fee assessed, once per family when you sign up for your first camp program, entitles each registrant to receive a camp T-shirt as well as unlimited access to the premium eCamp photo service where you may view, share, download, and print photos. Lunch is included.
Ages 4-5: Preschool Rate: The Pre School camp day (ages 4-5) runs from 9:00-11:30 a.m. The cost per week is $159 plus $25 registration fee*. "Mini campers" will get a snack but do not eat lunch in the cafeteria.
Preschool Full day Rate: For those preschoolers who want the full day program, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. the cost is $325 per week plus $25 registration fee*. Lunch in the cafeteria is included.
Expressions GPS Overnight Week (Ages 14-18): 4 nights/5 days (August 12-16). Participation in the overnight Expressions GPS camp does require an additional room and board/activity fee of: $219. Those not staying in the dorm pay the regular week tuition rate.
Grants and Scholarships: Please click here for information on grants and scholarships.
Additional Discount:There is an additional $100 discount for those campers who sign up for all 6 weeks of camp. *These discounts do not apply to "mini-campers."
The multi-week discount is primarily reserved for those families who do not receive additional public or private scholarship assistance. This discount will be applied to your account after July 1st.
Extended Day Care: Extended day care is available until 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee of $75 per week. Extended care activities vary from day to day. Snack is included. For your convenience, extended care can be arranged on an as-needed basis for $25 per day.
Sibling discount: A $15 sibling discount will be applied for the second and subsequent members registering from the same family.
Refund Policy: No refunds will be given after July 1st.
Select this link for Camp Participation Policies, including information about deposits and refunds, liability, behavior, camper removal, medical needs, and off-campus transportation.
To assist families who may live a distance from campus we provide a 14-passener mini-bus to help transport campers. Typically we establish a few central pickup/drop off locations that serve as many campers as possible. Past transport locations have been at the Barn Cinema in Doylestown, The Home Depot in Warrington, The Burger King in Warrington, the Staples in Willow Grove as well as some stops in Ivyland and Richboro. This service is intended to provide families with an easy and convenient transport service. The weekly cost of this service is an additional $110 per week. For questions about this service, please contact Account Services Manager, Linda Schloo at 215-285-2537 or email her at Accounts@CampConcepts.org.
Select this link for information about the application and registration process.
If you are a RETURNING camper:
You are already accepted into the program. No need to set up another interview. Simply log onto the Camp Concepts website using your online registration and password information from last year. (If you cannot remember your password or login information or are having difficulty logging in, please contact Account Services: Linda Schloo at 215-285-2537 or our office manager, Ruth Haines at 267-261-4102 or email her at email@example.com.) Once logged in, you can select your weeks, pay your $200 deposit and $25 application fee to hold your spot at camp. Total balance of camp tuition is due no later than May 31. If you are awaiting scholarship monies it is advisable that you pay the entire camp tuition and, once the scholarship check arrives, we will reimburse you directly.
If for whatever reason your son or daughter has had a change in diagnosis, evaluation or has experienced a significant change in behavior since the previous summer with us, please contact our director to discuss. Our goal is to provide the best care and service to your child and the more we know about them, the better our care can be.
Next, you will need to provide an updated IEP and/or Progress Report, and a new Signed Letter of Understanding/Behavioral Contract. Send these forms to Camp Concepts, 560 Center St. Warrington, PA. 18976.
REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE: To log into your account in order to register and pay your application fee and deposit using our secure payment center select this link.
If you are a NEW camper:
Do not register online until you follow the steps below.
STEP ONE: DOCUMENTS
MAIL an updated IEP, Progress Report, and the 3 forms listed below (print out and fill in) to:
Camp Concepts 560 Center St. Warrington, PA. 18976 Attention: Expressions Day Camp
All paperwork MUST be received BEFORE an interview can take place.
Child History Form
Permission to Exchange Information Form allowing our social skills staff to speak to teachers or other professionals on an as-needed basis
Signed Letter of Understanding/Behavioral Contract
STEP TWO: INTERVIEW
Once paperwork has been received, we will contact you to set up an interview with YOU and YOUR CHILD. Interviews will begin in January.
STEP THREE: REGISTER
Once your child/children has/have been accepted, REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE: To register select your weeks, pay your $200 deposit and your $25 application fee, select this link to use our secure online payment center. Total balance of camp tuition is due no later than May 31st. If you are awaiting scholarship monies it is advisable that you pay the entire camp tuition and, once the scholarship check arrives, we will reimburse you immediately.
ADDITIONAL CAMPER INSURANCE
We are also proud to offer additional protection for your child and your investment in summer camp. One of the top quality providers of camp insurance, TravMark, has an excellent and affordable day camp insurance option that gives you and your children additional protection. Included in this coverage is additional medical coverage as well as an excellent cancellation refund coverage. This means that should your child not be able to attend camp for any reason (up to 2 days before the start of camp), you can get up to 75% of your tuition money refunded.
Read more about it: Camper Insurance
We believe all children have a powerful urge and curiosity to learn about themselves and the world around them. The best opportunities for learning come from socialization, exploration and discovery. Expressions at George School provides a professional and competent staff willing and ready to meet the specific needs and challenges of its campers. This well-balanced day camp program is unique. We are committed to implementing a program that will have a lasting impact on the lives of those who attend. We are proud that our program has received funding and support from Bucks County Autism Support Coalition as well as Autism Speaks.
Expressions is held on the beautiful 265-acre campus of George School in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The campus features two gymnasiums, indoor pool, wooded trails, team challenge course, dining room, dance studio, theater and stage, streams, and much, much more.
Select a link to see a photo gallery or slideshow (it will open in a new window).
|Expressions 2009 Slideshow|
Deborah Hoelper has an extensive personal and professional history of working with kids on the spectrum. Working directly in the field with Autistic children since 1979, Deborah's passion and mission for kids and families with autism is a perfect match to our philosophy at Expressions Day Camp.
Deborah earned a Master's Degree in Education specializing in leadership/ administration from Arcadia University. Deborah is a certified teacher K-8 with a certificate in early childhood development. She is presently working to complete her Infant Mental Health certificate and DIR/Floortime certification.
Deborah combines a unique history of experiences that involve education, consulting and autism program development. Among Deborah's many experiences include working as a Behavioral Specialist Counselor, Mobile Therapist, Child Developmental Specialist, and several years as an inclusion teacher. Deborah also has extensive experience writing, reading, and understanding IEPs. She also served as the director of a similar style summer camp to Expressions and participated as a facilitator and co-developer for a social skills program in Bristol School District during the summer of 2011.
In addition to her lengthy professional experience, Deborah is the mother and advocate for three children (2 with learning and social challenges). As a mother and parent, she fully understands the struggle parents face as they advocate and champion for the benefit of and best care for their children. We are sure you will find her to be an exciting leader of Expressions Day Camp.
Deborah Hoelper, Director
Expressions is a Camp Concepts camp. Camp Concepts is owned by Steve Haines.
Camp Concepts owns and operates summer camp programs for kids on the George School Campus including Summer Explosion, Summer Blast, Little Buds Day Camp, Expressions Day Camp, and the Cougar Sports Camps: Cougar Girls' Field Hockey, Cougar Girls' Lacrosse, Coed Cougar Tennis Camp, Coed Track and Field & Cross County Camps, Coed Tour de You Cycling Camp, and Coed Cougar Basketball Camp.
Mail: Expressions at George School, c/o Camp Concepts LLC, 560 Center Street, Warrington, PA 18976
Steve Haines: 267-261-4098
Ruth Haines - Camp Office: 267-261-4102