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FAQ

Here are commonly asked questions. If you would like more information, please call us at 1-800-228-5327.

OUR APPROACH

We focus on teaching kids HOW to learn. Our methodology begins with the individual student. We help them understand the science behind how the brain processes information and identify how they learn best. Teaching your child about the qualities of their preferred learning style opens the door to their full potential. Once they identify their predominant learning style—visual, auditory, or kinesthetic—we teach them how to effectively take notes, memorize information, and excel on tests by utilizing their preferred learning style as well as enhancing their use of the other styles to maximize their learning.

The SuperCamp experience is designed to maximize learning and growth for every student. Throughout SuperCamp, our focus is to empower your child with critical 21st century skills (communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, etc.) that are a vital part of the standards required today of all students.

Building confidence can do wonders for a child. We inspire your son or daughter to develop higher levels of competence by creating what researchers call "success moments." When adolescents experience these success moments over and over and over again—as they do at SuperCamp—they build up their belief in their ability to achieve, and ultimately increase their self-esteem, confidence, and motivation.

7:00 Wake up
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 - 12:30

Morning session*

  • "Daily Download" review of previous day's learning with teams
  • Greeting
  • Lively music to get students' bodies and brains awake and attentive
  • Learning skills and/or life skills instruction (through fun activities and academic rotation sessions)
  • Team time
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:30

Afternoon session*

  • Learning skills and/or life skills instruction
  • Team time
3:30 - 5:30

Activity Time

Activities chosen by students such as:

  • outdoor sports
  • campus book store visit
  • main room games
  • conversation, reading, quiet time
5:30 - 6:30 Dinner
6:30 - 8:30

Evening Session*

  • More learning skills and/or life skills instruction
  • Paired shares
  • Team time
8:30 - 9:30

Closing Session including some or all of the following:

  • Journal time
  • Shares
  • Announcements
  • Song
  • Social time
  • Theta Scan
10:00 Lights Out

Our program builds your child's communication skills, inspires critical thinking, fosters creativity, and encourages collaboration. When you combine these skills with practical learning strategies the result is an increase in grades and test scores. Seventy-three percent of SuperCamp graduates say they have seen an improvement in their grades, and we consistently receive letters from parents informing us that their child was able to master tests such as the SAT and ACT because of the skills they learned at SuperCamp.

The most fundamental difference involves the way we help facilitate lasting changes in a student’s attitude toward school and motivation. At SuperCamp, students learn lifelong learning skills they can apply to any subject, skills that build competence and confidence and serve as a roadmap to academic success.

Throughout all sessions, parents are able to see what’s going on by viewing daily photos from camp through our secure online camp photo site. Parents are invited to see the power of SuperCamp firsthand by attending the closing ceremony on the last day of the program. This event includes a parent workshop and is a great opportunity for you to experience the SuperCamp learning environment, ask the staff questions, and celebrate with your child.

Many students are initially reluctant about attending an academic and life skills program, but much of that anxiety is based on the impression that SuperCamp will be "just like school." Once the students arrive on the first day they begin to understand that SuperCamp is nothing like their school experience. It is a dynamic environment filled with activities, music, and learning without tests, homework or the competition they experience in school. Students learn how to make study time more efficient and leave more time available for other activities like arts, sports and time with friends and family.

CAMPERS

A range of students attend SuperCamp each year because of the different benefits our programs provide. Many students are looking to add learning-how-to-learn skills that will help make school easier for them. Others simply need a motivational boost in school, which SuperCamp delivers through the skills taught and the mini-success moments we orchestrate for our students.

A number of high school students come to SuperCamp because they’re beginning to prepare for college and know they can benefit from the communication skills, leadership training and overall SuperCamp experience (which has been used as the college admission essay topic for several of our grads).

Other students are looking for ways to build their confidence as they navigate through middle school, high school and their adolescent lives. When they and their parents discover that over 80 percent of our grads report that they’re more confident in their daily lives thanks to SuperCamp’s training, they can’t sign up fast enough.

Students benefit in different ways at each age. Middle school students discover their preferred learning styles and develop skills for dealing with a heavier academic schedule and increased social pressure. High school students learn strategies to build study skills, embrace leadership, and increase test scores. College-bound students master how to responsibly manage time, finances, and increased independence along with the academic skills needed to thrive in a university setting. Each program builds on the program before, enabling students to continuously develop their SuperCamp skills.

Every afternoon, SuperCamp students have approximately 90 minutes for supervised “free time” during which they can choose to participate in a variety of activities or sports, go on a campus tour, or simply enjoy some down time.

Will my child be able to bring a laptop or other electronic device to SuperCamp? We are able to achieve our results by providing a safe, focused and engaging environment, free of distractions. For this reason, all audio/visual devices such as music players, TVs, stereos, iPads, laptops, etc. should be left at home.

Students may bring a cell phone, which must be checked in on arrival. They will get access to their phone for about 15 minutes for a mid-camp check-in around dinner time on day 3 of 6-day camps, day 4 of 7-day camps and day 5 of 10-day camps. Limiting cell phone use helps your child get the most out of their SuperCamp experience.

SAFETY

SuperCamp has a 37-year track record of creating a safe, secure environment. Students remain on campus at all times with the exception of campuses where Outdoor Adventure Day is held off campus. On day one, we assign students to teams of 12 to 14 campers with two team leaders. The nature of our team-building activities guarantees that your child will immediately feel supported by the team leaders and will quickly form close bonds with other campers. This supportive unit allows your child to feel secure while they step out of their comfort zone. In addition, we have a trained wellness person and a qualified site counselor (both are First Aid, CPR, and AED certified) at every program to support the physical and emotional wellbeing of all kids at camp.

The student-to-staff ratio is at least four-to-one. Students are assigned to teams, headed by two team leaders. Among other responsibilities, team leaders supervise and support the students on their team and live in the same residence halls, providing 24-hour guidance.

All the people we hire are enthusiastic, supportive and committed to positively impacting the lives of our youth.

Facilitators, the most visible leaders at SuperCamp, are chosen from among the top professional teachers and trainers in the country. Hundreds of applicants go through our selection process and only a few are chosen to train with SuperCamp. Many of our facilitators have advanced degrees and, more importantly, all have a natural ability to engage every student and bring out their personal greatness. Facilitators receive 200-plus hours of on-site training in Quantum Learning teaching methods before they direct the SuperCamp program.

The great majority of the rest of the camp staff are education majors or graduates. Not surprisingly, most of the staff returns year after year because they enjoy the experience of working with successful people in a dynamic accelerated learning program and the fulfillment of having a positive impact on the lives of the students. Learn more about several of the energetic educators who will lead our SuperCamp programs this summer.

TRAVEL

We offer shuttle service ($45 one way, $75 round trip) between the following designated airports and SuperCamp sites:

  • Cal State Long Beach: Long Beach Airport (LGB) | Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for international flights
  • Stanford University: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Villanova University: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Students should see the SuperCamp staff member when they arrive in the baggage claim area, as our staff person will be wearing a SuperCamp logoed polo shirt and will be holding a SuperCamp sign. The SuperCamp staff member will have a recent photograph of your child, which you will have provided, and a cell phone number for all students traveling by air.

We encourage parents to tell their child to call them when they arrive at the airport and have been met by our SuperCamp staff member. The staff member that meets your child also will instruct your child to call you from the airport. Additionally, your child can call you when they arrive at camp before they turn in their phone. Also, our staff at airports are in constant contact with the SuperCamp site administrator at camp to confirm arrival times, delays, etc.

For departures after the closing ceremony, our staff members accompany students to the airport, assist them with check-in, and escort them to security. Our staff members do not leave the vicinity of the airport until all of our students’ flights have departed.

Unaccompanied minor services are provided by airlines to ensure that minors travelling alone are boarded onto the aircraft, chaperoned during connections, and released to the appropriate person at their destination. Airlines have different regulations regarding ages and fees for their unaccompanied minor services. It is, therefore, vital that you check the airline’s unaccompanied minor policies when making reservations.

As long as you requested shuttle service from SuperCamp, provide your airline with the required information about pick-up, and provide us with the relevant flight information, our staff will meet your child at the arrival gate when they are brought off the plane. Delays in another camper’s incoming flight could cause a staff member to get to the gate a few minutes late. Instruct your child to wait at the gate with the airline representative until our staff member arrives. If there is a delay, your child can always call you from the gate and/or call our site administrator, whose number you can give to your child prior to departure.