Foundation Summer


Program Highlights

College & Career Reflection – You will have opportunities to reflect on your goals for college and your career with your friends at camp, and think critically about what you can do over the next few years to accomplish them. It’s really empowering to be surrounded by other neurodiverse teens who are motivated to be successful like you are.

Leadership & Teen Chats – We want to help you hone your leadership abilities in ways that excite you. Different leadership projects will allow you to take the lead and collaborate with your friends to create things you’re passionate about. We also think it’s important to give you a safe space to talk about healthy living habits and relationships, social media, and other topics that effect your daily life as a teenager.

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.
Activity Elective 1
You can choose from a selection of specialty camp activities facilitated by Akeela staff. Options include, Arts, Dance, Music, Strategy Games (eg. D&D), Team Sports, Tech Tent, Tennis, Theatre/Drama, Wilderness Survival, Yoga/Mindfulness and more!
Community Leadership
You will choose a leadership track to follow while you are at camp! Past options include community service projects 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 picnic 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.
Activity Elective 2
See Activity Elective 1 above
Everyone gets together for a healthy snack as a community.
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.
Teen Chats
You will engage in group activities on topics like healthy relationships, post-secondary goals, cooking/nutrition, social media, and others.
Shower Hour
This is a great time for you to email back and forth with family, clean up before dinner, and hang out in the lounge with your friends.
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.

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