Foundation Summer


Program Highlights

College Readiness Reflection – You will have opportunities to reflect on your readiness for a variety of post-secondary options and through college visits and guided conversations led by Akeela staff members. The college visits provide you with a lens to different types of college environments, including large state schools, specialized programs for neurodivergent learners, and smaller liberal arts schools. You’ll be challenged to think critically about the skills you need to continue developing to make your post-secondary ambitions become reality.

Community Leadership – Foundation teens are given opportunities to build their leaderships skills under the mentorship of their cohort staff. Various projects create an environment that empowers you to take on leadership roles and collaborate with your friends in your cohort. There are service opportunities on campus with the Conferences & Events team, Dining Services, Campus Recreation you can choose from. You can also elect to take on the responsibility of planning an exciting end of camp party for everyone, along with some other evening activities.

A Typical Day

Wake Up & Morning Prep
You are responsible for setting your own alarm each day and getting yourself ready for breakfast. We’ll also have a quick morning meeting which will be a refresher on what your plans for the day are.
Community Leadership
You will choose a leadership track to follow while you are at camp! Past options include volunteering with the Conferences & Events and Dining Services teams at Franklin Pierce, and planning camp’s evening activities.
Free Time
This is a great chance to hang out in the dorm or around campus with your best friends from camp.
Most of our lunches will be in the campus dining hall, and on day trips we typically have a bagged lunch while we are out. There are usually a few different choices for you to select from, and we work with the team of chefs to make sure there is something for everyone.
Rest Hour
You don’t need to nap!… but we do ask that everyone takes some time to relax in our dorm building to re-energize before the afternoon.
Camp Activity Elective
You can choose from a selection of specialty camp activities facilitated by Akeela staff. Options typically include, Arts, Creative Writing, Music, Strategy Games (eg. D&D), Team Sports, Tennis, Theatre/Drama, Wilderness Survival, Yoga/Mindfulness and more!
Everyone gets together for a healthy snack as a community.
Curriculum Session
You will engage in group activities and discussions on topics like healthy relationships, college applications, cooking/nutrition, social media, and others.
Health & Wellness
You will have the chance to exercise in a way you enjoy. Whether that’s going for a walk, run, swimming in the lake, or using exercise equipment, maintaining a basic level of active exercise each day is a good routine to build.
Free Time
This is a great time for you to email back and forth with family back home, get some rest, or hang out in the lounge with your best camp friends. More active options are also available each day, as you can use the exercise facility and other areas on campus at during this time.
You’ll have a chance to prepare two meals with a small group of camp friends. You will plan the menu, budget for the grocery store trip, and prep the meal as a team with as needed support from the staff. Dinner on other nights are at the campus dining hall.
Evening Meeting
As a whole community, we share announcements about the day and what’s coming next, and acknowledge the accomplishments of our friends.
Evening Activity
Evening activities range from nights out bowling to movie nights, and camper planned parties to talent shows.
Evening Routine
After evening activity, you’ll have a quick evening huddle with your cohort to bring some closure on the day and review the plan for the next day. Then it’s time to start your evening routines in preparation for sleep. There is no set bedtime, but we do ask that the dorm floors are quiet after 10pm.

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