Asperger’s teens Summer Trips
The fall is always a bitter-sweet time for us as camp directors. On the one hand, there is a sense of relief to be settled back into our lives at home. And having our own daughters situated with new teachers at school and to be able to plan and cook our own meals! On the other hand, there’s always a sadness and loneliness that we feel as well. We work with an amazing team at camp and love sharing ideas with them. Also we love being a part of a larger community – of walking into breakfast and seeing 200 smiling faces, having fun conversations with campers all day. And also hearing about all of their successes and helping them through struggles.
We know that our family’s experience of post-camp adjustment. This is one your camper may also have felt or still be feeling. It’s not easy to come home from camp after such an intense (and exhausting) experience. Then jump right back into home-life. And even for campers who were well established back at home. Starting a new school year can bring up a whole new set of worries around academic work, new teachers, new routines and new peers.
Please let us know if there’s anything we might be able to do to help. For camper adapt to these many changes. We always find that the more routinized our campers days are. The more we can prepare and preview with our campers, the less anxious they become. We would love to see you help your child stay connected with his/her camp friends. You will likely have to give a big “push” to make this happen. It includes sitting down to help him/her write an email or send a text.
Time has gone by so quickly
Every summer, there are a few moments that stick with me and make me feel proud or cause me to laugh out loud (or both)! This year is no different and as I sit at my desk now, I’m reminded of two of those moments. One was when I said goodbye to some of our 11th grade campers who will be moving on to Beyond Akeela next summer. A few of them have been campers for over 5 summers, which means that Eric and I have watched them grow up. They are now tall, confident, kind, bright young men and women.
As I hugged them goodbye and told them how proud I was to know them. I was struck with how lucky I feel to be able to witness so much growth over 3 and a half weeks every summer. The other moment this summer was watching the talent show. And seeing how much pride and joy our campers experience not only when they are performing on stage. But when they are in the audience, cheering for their friends. These are the types of memories that I hold on to when we’re away from Miller Pond!