A unique summer day camp program for children, ages 6-18, who have social skill deficits such as High Functioning Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome.

Program

Expressions is a unique recreational summer day camp program designed to empower socially through camp!  At Expressions, we celebrate individual uniqueness yet learn to blend together as a group of campers.  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 provide 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, gameplay, and more.

TESTIMONIALS

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)

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)

Jackson loves attending your camp and I’m thrilled that you were able to extend his Expressions Camp to 8 weeks.  The reason we come back year after year is because of the positive experiences he has at camp and the wonderful staff you attract.  Thank you for caring so much about our children and finding ways to help them love their summer!   -AMY

-Jackson's Mom

 

 

Debbie Kirk has been teaching 5th-grade inclusion in the School District of Philadelphia for the past sixteen years. Debbie’s professional preparation includes a BA in English from Hofstra University and a Masters degree with dual certification in elementary education from Arcadia University.

 

Debbie has been part of the Camp Concepts leadership team for many years.  Her professional experience as a veteran teacher, life-long camp enthusiast and work with this population makes her a great fit!  Debbie is married with a son.

Meet the Director

Debbie Kirk, Director 
Phone: 267-992-4383
Email: expressions@campconcepts.org

 

Expressions Day Camp Dates & Rates

EXPRESSIONS

Junior & Teen

Camp Program
 

Age 6-18 Years Old

RATES

 

REGISTER EARLY - Jan 1-Feb 28 (Best Value)
$425 week
$25 reg fee once per family

$5.95 online fee

 

Register Between March 1-May 31
$430 week

$5.95 online fee

 

Register June 1 and Thereafter

$440 week

Plus $50 reg fee once per family

$5.95 online 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.

 

Our program runs 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

 

Lunch is included daily - Campers are treated to a nutritious fresh lunch prepared on site.  Campers may select from one of two main entree items.  Additional choices include a fresh salad bar, fruit, yogurt, or deli sandwiches.  We do our best to accommodate dietary needs and allergies.  Please discuss with the director prior to the start of camp. 

Fantastic Fridays

Many of our campers qualify for ESY through their school district. In most cases, ESY programs are not 5 days long. We offer a unique opportunity to still enjoy camp on FANTASTIC FRIDAYS (or others days according to your ESY) This way your child can still gain valuable social skills strengthening when not involved in ESY.

You can sign up for 2 or more Fantastic Fridays for only $99 each day (includes lunch) or you can save by signing up for all 8.  Click for PDF.

For those who sign up for 4 or more Fantastic Fridays and then want to add full weeks after the completion of ESY, may do so. Please contact Account Services Manager, Linda Schloo, for sign up.  215-285-2537 or Accounts@CampConcepts.org

Extended 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.

 

To add this service, please contact Account Services Manager, Linda Schloo at 215-285-2537 or email  Accounts@CampConcepts.org.