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"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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program

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. 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 (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 7-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.

CHECK OUT OUR SPECIAL TEEN PROGRAMS

Expressions GPS - Overnight camp experience for campers ages 15-18
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 transitional life 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.

Expressions Teen Volunteer Program
“Long before a student on the ASD spectrum graduates from either high school or college, they need to get work experience while they are still in school. The transition from school to employment should be gradual and not abrupt.” Temple Grandin

The Expressions Day Camp volunteer program provides practical and gradual experience towards this transition. Using the Autism Speaks Employment toolkit, our campers gain valuable external and internal perspectives that will better equip them for life.

 

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The preschool camp (ages 4 & 5) 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 Junior Camp (ages 6-12) is designed to develop age appropriate social skills within a natural setting. Campers enjoy typical camp activities that pro­vide campers with multiple opportunities to practice and generalize their social skills with same aged peers. Utilizing an expansive campus, great facilities and creative programming, campers engage in games and activities as a platform for socialization and fun. Whether it be science exploration on our 265-acre campus, cheering each other on the low ropes course, enjoying swimming and water play or the creativity of arts & crafts, our junior campers are able to enjoy a typical summer camp experience to develop stronger social skills and self-confidence.

Our teen camp program (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.

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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dates & rates

Expressions at George School will be held from June 30-August 15.

*The week of August 11-15 is an additional 7th week of camp open to those campers ages 6-18 and includes the overnight Expressions GPS camp for kids ages 15-18.

*Note: Camp is closed on Friday, 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.

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 County’s most beautiful 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 2013, nearly 60% of our families received either external or internal grant or scholarship funding! In the past, we have been fortunate enough to receive funding from partner organizations such as Bucks County Autism Support Coalition and Autism Speaks which we match dollar-for-dollar and pass on to our families.

Ages 6-18: Junior Camp & Teen Camp Program Rate: $490 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. 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 (August 10-14- Sunday late-afternoon check in and departure Thursday end of camp day) 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/Scholarships: If you will need assistance in funding camp, there are many organizations that provide scholarship and grants. The available funds are limited so apply as early as possible to as many organizations as possible. While we try and offer specials, discounts and internal scholarships, are resources are limited and you should not rely on us as your primary aid. If you would like to apply for Camp Concepts scholarship, please follow the information in the link and send the request to Linda at accounts@campconcepts.org.

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Camp Concepts is a small, family-owned company. As parents of five children, Ruth and I know that funding summer programs for children is expensive. This becomes an even greater financial burden when parents have expenses related to the medical costs for children with special needs. We do our best to help as many families as possible afford the summer camp experience. Due to our size, we simply cannot be the only source of grant or scholarship funding. Parents should be proactive and seek funds from their church, local organizations, national organizations etc. The Department of Public Welfare and Bucks County Special Needs offer grants, and possibly others. Both of these programs have due dates and timelines to follow. In all cases, parents should not expect more than 50% scholarship. We believe that there is an important commitment and ownership that comes from making this investment. We'll do our best to secure grant funds but we need everyone to help out.

Guidelines for Applying to Camp Concepts for Financial Aid
Expressions Day Camp is a unique program designed to reach a population of very special children. As such, the operating costs of providing such a specialized program are high. We have never increased our camp tuition and we try to attract qualified and dedicated employees. Because we are not a "non-profit" company seeking grants that might help build a general scholarship fund is difficult. Any additional financial aid we can provide comes directly out of our operating budget that is totally tuition driven.

Our inability to provide financial need for all of the requests should not be interpreted as for a lack of concern or caring for the families applying or for the children who would benefit. We simply cannot offer as much need as is requested.

For those who feel they need financial aid, we ask that families fill out and submit the grant request form.

Upon receipt of the above information, we will consider each and determine whether or not we can be of any assistance.

AGAIN, PLEASE DO NOT RELY UPON US FOR YOUR PRIMARY FINANCIAL AID PACKAGE. It is our hope that, by working together, we can make "Expressions" accessible to any child who would benefit from our program.

Additional suggestions for aid:
Bureau of Autism Affairs
You or your spouse's employer
Bucks County Special Needs
Lions Club, VFW, American Legion, Kiwanis, Shriner's Association or other similar organizations
Your local church or place of worship
ACT TODAY!
Kelly Anne Dolan Fund

All recipients are expected to write a letter of thanks before the end of camp to the organization responsible for the grant or scholarship.

Grant/Scholarship Request Form

 

Additional Discount:There is an additional $100 discount for those campers who sign up for all 7 weeks of camp. For any full-day pre-school camper attending all 6 weeks, they will receive an additional $75 discount. There are no discounts available to "mini-day” campers.

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.

Select this link for Camp Participation Policies, including information about deposits and refunds, liability, behavior, camper removal, medical needs, and off-campus transportation.

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.

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application process/registration

 

RETURNING CAMPER INFORMATION +

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 email her at Accounts@CampConcepts.org.) Once logged in, you can select your weeks, pay your $200 non-refundable 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 a copy of the camper's current IEP Goal Page and the Accommodation Page. Also, please sign a new Behavioral Contract and a new Permission to Exchange Information Form. You can mail these to Camp Concepts, 560 Center St., Warrington, PA 18976 or scan and email to Linda Schloo, Account Services at accounts@campconcepts.org.

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.

 

NEW CAMPER INFORMATION +

BEFORE NEW CAMPERS CAN BE REGISTERED, THE FOLLOWING STEPS NEED TO BE FOLLOWED.

 

STEP ONE: NECESSARY DOCUMENTS

We will require an updated IEP/Progress reports if your child has one as well as the Child History Form, Permission to Exchange Information Form, and the Behavioral Contract. You can email this information to accounts@campconcepts.org or mail to Camp Concepts, 560 Center Street, Warrington, PA 18976.

Permission to Exchange Information Form
Child History Form
Behavioral Expectations

 

STEP TWO: INTERVIEW

Once all necessary paperwork has been received, you will be contacted to set up an interview that will include parent and child with our Director of Expressions. If you do not receive a call to make an appointment, please call the Director, Debbe Hoelper, at 215-359-5578, to make sure the paperwork has been received and to set up an appointment. We make every effort to promptly contact you, however, please contact us if you have not heard from us. This is also an informational meeting that will give you the opportunity to meet the Director, have questions answered and to see if the program will be a beneficial environment for your child.

 

STEP THREE: REGISTER

(Please note: there is a two-week minimum registration required)

Once you have been accepted, REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE by selecting this link or any of the green "Register Online Now!" buttons on this page. A $200 non-refundable deposit and registration/online fee is required. Total balance of camp tuition is due no later than May 31st unless special arrangements have been made with our Account Services manager, Linda Schloo. She can be contacted at accounts@campconcepts.org or 215-285-2537. Should you require any assistance in registration, please contact Linda and she can assist you.

 

STEP FOUR: GRANTS/SCHOLARSHIPS

If you will need assistance in funding camp, there are many organizations that provide scholarship and grants. The available funds are limited so apply as early as possible to as many organizations as possible. While we try and offer specials, discounts and internal scholarships, are resources are limited and you should not rely on us as your primary aid. If you would like to apply for Camp Concepts scholarship, please follow the information in the link and send the request to Linda at accounts@campconcepts.org.

GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS INFORMATION +

Camp Concepts is a small, family-owned company. As parents of five children, Ruth and I know that funding summer programs for children is expensive. This becomes an even greater financial burden when parents have expenses related to the medical costs for children with special needs. We do our best to help as many families as possible afford the summer camp experience. Due to our size, we simply cannot be the only source of grant or scholarship funding. Parents should be proactive and seek funds from their church, local organizations, national organizations etc. The Department of Public Welfare and Bucks County Special Needs offer grants, and possibly others. Both of these programs have due dates and timelines to follow. In all cases, parents should not expect more than 50% scholarship. We believe that there is an important commitment and ownership that comes from making this investment. We'll do our best to secure grant funds but we need everyone to help out.

Guidelines for Applying to Camp Concepts for Financial Aid
Expressions Day Camp is a unique program designed to reach a population of very special children. As such, the operating costs of providing such a specialized program are high. We have never increased our camp tuition and we try to attract qualified and dedicated employees. Because we are not a "non-profit" company seeking grants that might help build a general scholarship fund is difficult. Any additional financial aid we can provide comes directly out of our operating budget that is totally tuition driven.

Our inability to provide financial need for all of the requests should not be interpreted as for a lack of concern or caring for the families applying or for the children who would benefit. We simply cannot offer as much need as is requested.

For those who feel they need financial aid, we ask that families fill out and submit the grant request form.

Upon receipt of the above information, we will consider each and determine whether or not we can be of any assistance.

AGAIN, PLEASE DO NOT RELY UPON US FOR YOUR PRIMARY FINANCIAL AID PACKAGE. It is our hope that, by working together, we can make "Expressions" accessible to any child who would benefit from our program.

Additional suggestions for aid:
Bureau of Autism Affairs
You or your spouse's employer
Bucks County Special Needs
Lions Club, VFW, American Legion, Kiwanis, Shriner's Association or other similar organizations
Your local church or place of worship
ACT TODAY!
Kelly Anne Dolan Fund

All recipients are expected to write a letter of thanks before the end of camp to the organization responsible for the grant or scholarship.

Grant/Scholarship Request Form

 

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
Enroll: http://youth-studentplans.com/default.asp?linkid=conc11

 

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philosophy

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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.


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location

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.

George School, 1690 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA 18940

 


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photo gallery

Select a link to see a photo gallery or slideshow (it will open in a new window).

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about the director

READ ABOUT THE DIRECTOR +

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.


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contact us

Deborah Hoelper, Director
Phone: 215-359-5578
Email: expressions@campconcepts.org

 

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 Blast, Little Buds Day Camp, and Expressions Day Camp..

Camp Concepts also owns and operates the subsidiary Advantage-USA. Advantage-USA is a global education and cultural alliance firm. www.Advantage-USA.org

 

Mail: Expressions at George School, c/o Camp Concepts LLC, 560 Center Street, Warrington, PA 18976
Email: campconcepts@comcast.net
Phone:
Steve Haines: 267-261-4098
Ruth Haines - Camp Office: 267-261-4102
Fax: 215-491-3259
EIN#: 74-3082740

Account Services:
Linda Schloo
Phone: 215-285-2537
Email: accounts@campconcepts.org


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