Foundation Summer

*FOR TEENS WHO HAVE COMPLETED GRADES 10-11

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
(7:30am-9:00am)
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.
Morning Choice 1
(9:00am-10:00am)
You can choose from a selection of specialty camp activities facilitated by Akeela staff. Options include, Arts, Dance, Music, Strategy Games (eg. D&D), Table Top RPG, Team Sports, Tech Tent, Tennis, Wilderness Survival, Yoga/Mindfulness and more! You can choose two specialty activities each week.
Morning Choice 2
(10:00am-11:00am)
See above
Free Time
(11:00am-12:00pm)
This is a great chance to hang out in the dorm or around campus with your best friends from camp.
Lunch
(12:00pm-12:45pm)
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
(12:45pm-1:45pm)
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.
Community Leadership
(1:45pm-2:45pm)
You will choose a leadership track to follow while you are at camp! Options include community service projects, creating a camp news team, or getting certified in First Aid/CPR.
Snack
(2:45pm-3:00pm)
Everyone gets together for a healthy snack as a community.
Health & Wellness
(3:00pm-4:00pm)
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.
Adventure & Teen Chats
(4:00pm-5:00pm)
Some days we’ll do adventure based camp activities like boating and high ropes elements, and other times we will have group activities on teen topics like healthy relationships, post-secondary goals, social media, and others.
Shower Hour
(5:00pm-6:00pm)
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.
Dinner
(6:00pm-7:00pm)
Most nights we have dinner together in the campus dining hall.
Evening Meeting
(7:00pm-7:30pm)
As a whole community, we share announcements about the day and what’s coming next, and acknowledge the accomplishments of our friends.
Evening Activity
(7:30pm-9:30pm)
Evening activities range from nights out for bowling or getting dessert in town, to game nights, campfires, and talent shows.

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