At Beyond Akeela we believe in experiential learning in a socially immersive camp setting. This core philosophy is ingrained in everything we do. Our program gives high school teens organic opportunities to practice the skills needed to thrive in college, with the scaffolded support of experienced staff mentors. Every day, campers build their executive functioning, self-advocacy, and social skills — all while forging deep friendships and building lifelong memories. Our high school teen summer program is intentionally designed to support young adults with Asperger’s or a similar profile (including ASD or autism spectrum, NLD or NVLD, and ADD/ADHD) as they transition to college and beyond.
Are you looking for a high school summer program for your teen with NVLD or Asperger’s? We’d love to chat and see how we can help!
There are three stages to Beyond Akeela’s high school summer program. Each stage is designed specifically to create age-appropriate experiences and opportunities for teens to engage in their post-secondary journey. As teens progress with Beyond Akeela, they are empowered with increasing levels of independence and responsibility, and challenged to to work toward and think critically about their post-secondary goals. Throughout the application process we discuss which program is best suited for your teen. Check out what a summer with Beyond Akeela will look like below!
Outdoor Adventure: Day hikes, river kayaking, challenge courses
Health & Wellness: Exercise opportunities, swimming, yoga/mindfulness
Camp Activities: Choice-based activities in the arts, boating, outdoor adventure, sports, strategy games (D&D), and theatre
Group Outings: Bowling, farmer’s markets, mini-golf, museums
Community Fun: Talent shows, campfires, game nights, movie nights
Teens engage in discussions and activities led by Akeela staff or college faculty on a variety of topics including, but not limited to:
College: Application process, college social life, accessing accommodations, college essays, college visits
Health & Wellness: Healthy relationships, healthy living habits, nutrition
Career: Mock interviews, resume building, professionalism at work
Life Skills: Time management, cooking lessons, budgeting
Day Trips/College Visits – You’ll get to experience different college environments and explore some cool nearby cities. Past destinations include Northampton, MA, Brattleboro, VT and attractions like Canobie Lake Park. Thrill seekers have opportunities for adventure based activities like river kayaking and a self-guided ropes course!
Boston Trip – We end camp with a 3-day trip to Boston! You’ll have opportunities to do research the different attractions and choose your schedule while we’re there. We stay at the Mass. College of Art & Design in suite style dorms, right next to the Green Line (Boston Metro). In the past we’ve checked out the New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Common, Museum of Science and Industry, and explored all of the great history Boston has to offer!