About Trip Camp
Because Trip Camp is small (maximum 13 campers per week) with a high return rate each year there are few spaces available each summer for new campers. Please use the form below to add yourself to the mailing list. Families are contacted in the order they added themselves to the mailing list.
Trip Camp is not able to offer scholarships, financial aid or tuition discounts.
The boys who attend Trip Camp are an endearing and energetic group of boys who want to make friends and enjoy being with a group of similar-age boys who intuitively understand each other.
Some of the boys have a more inattentive ADHD profile while others have a more impulsive profile. Additionally, some may present with learning differences or mild social anxiety, in addition to ADHD.
Trip Camp is for boys who could attend a typical day/overnight camp but would not thrive or learn the critical social and independent skills we teach experientially teach each day.
Trip Camp is not:
Trip Camp is the only camp in the United States specifically serving the ADHD population. We teach skills that are not taught in schools or camps that market themselves to the ADHD community.
Please note that not all boys who present with ADHD would be successful in Trip Camp. Trip Camp does not offer a level of support for boys whom:
Trip Camp is not a good match for parents who have separation anxiety from their children as we do not allow campers to carry mobile devices with them.
Campers are expected to continue their daily medication regimen during their time at camp. Despite the advice of health/mental health providers, camp is not a good time for a “medication vacation”.
If through the application process we determine that your son would benefit from a higher level of support, we will provide you with referrals to camps where we believe your son could be successful.
Social Executive Function Skills Taught at Camp
Social Executive Function Skills We Teach At Camp
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Margate, New Jersey Trip Camp location is a day camp program. Families stay at the beautiful Jersey shore while their son is attending Trip Camp and take advantage of this family-friendly area. The Director of Trip Camp Margate is Bob Orlowski, M. Ed. Ryan is not present at Margate Trip Camp.
Tucson Trip Camp will have its inaugural summer in 2023. This will be an overnight program that will run Sunday-Saturday. Information will be posted when available. Ryan is the Director of Trip Camp Tucson.
Both programs use the same curriculum for our morning learning time.
Trip Camp Margate is a day travel camp held in Margate, New Jersey.
Trip Camp Tucson is an overnight program that runs Sunday through Saturday.
For Trip Camp Margate families travel from across the country for their sons to participate in Trip Camp and enjoy what the Jersey Shore has to offer while their son is at camp. Margate is a family oriented beach town and a popular vacation spot for generations of families. Margate is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Philadelphia.
Trip Camp Tucson will be hosted at a University. Families do not need to come to Tucson for their son to attend camp. We will provide pick up/drop off from Tucson airport.
Trip Camp is a small camp with a very high return rate. As a result, there are few openings each year. Hundreds of families join the mailing list each year for the few openings each summer. Please note that adding yourself to the mailing list does not guarantee there will be be space in camp. The mailing list is not held from year to year as a new mailing list is started a year in advance.
There are a maximum of 12-13 campers each week.
There is no “typical day” at Trip Camp as you might find at a typical day camp. While our days are structured and active, our schedule changes each day as we do different activities each day.
Here’s a sample schedule:
9:30 AM Arrival/Make Lunch
9:30-10:00 AM Learning Time
10:00-11:30 AM Leave for Trip
12:00-2:00 PM Tubing & Stand Up Paddleboarding
2:45-4:00 PM Beach
4:00-4:30 PM Snack and “future planning time” for tomorrow’s trip
4:30 PM Dismissal
Overnight camps that market themselves as “ADHD camps” or “social skills camps” must take campers with a variety of profiles and needs (ADHD, autism, etc.) in order to fill beds. Additionally, these camps could not teach the skills we teach at Trip Camp as it would not make sense for the camp to make a tremendous financial investment in training staff who may only be with the camp for one summer.
Trip Camp is a small program specifically for boys who present with ADHD. We are not a special needs camp or a therapeutic camp and are not designed for campers who present with behavioral challenges. Through the admission process if we determine that a camper would be better served at a camp with a greater degree of support than we can provide we will provide you with a referral to a camp where we think your son can be successful.
As with any experience, the more time your son spends at camp the more he will generalize the strategies and concepts we are teaching. Parents have remarked how their sons have developed a greater degree of self-confidence, independence, and flexibility through attending Trip Camp. Most importantly, they comment on the fact that their son’s felt connected to the other boys as they share similar profiles.
During Trip Camp, we focus on foundational skills that form the basis of executive functioning and social thinking skill development.
I've searched all over the country and haven't found anything like your camp. This is exactly what our son needs! Do you know of a camp like yours in (insert your city here)?
You have done your homework correctly! There is no camp like Trip Camp operating anywhere in the U.S.
Ryan Wexelblatt, Trip Camp Founder and Director has extensive training and education in teaching social cognitive skills and executive function skill-building strategies. The ADHD Dude methodology has attracted worldwide attention for it’s forward-thinking, practical approach. Ryan is the one person in the world who focuses on teaching social skills to boys from a male perspective. Additionally, Ryan is one of the few males in the country to have received a Social Thinking Certificate of Completion for participating in the Social Thinking Clinical Training Program (Level 1). A Certified School Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and father of a son with ADHD-related challenges Ryan is the Founder and Director of ADHD Dude.
Sorry, he cannot.
No. We do not believe in teaching academic executive function skills during the summer as there is no relevant context for them. Furthermore, the kids we’ve known who have attended academic executive function programs in the summer were very unhappy with sitting indoors all day working on “school stuff” during the summer. We focus on improving global executive function skills such as planning ahead, improving self-directed talk and situational awareness.
Boys who present with ADHD, anxiety with ADHD, or learning differences are eligible to apply for admission to Trip Camp.
We do not offer a level of support for boys whom:
- are prone to physical/verbal aggression, emotional outbursts in school or in public
- prone to elopement when upset/angry
- attend a cyber school or are homeschooled (not as a result of COVID)
- make threats of aggression towards teachers or classmates
- require 1:1 support in school or are in a self-contained behavioral classroom for the majority of the school day
- are diagnosed with an autism spectrum diagnosis
- have significant anxiety that manifests as negativity/outbursts when in a group setting
- present with significant difficulty being part of a similar-age peer group in school or outside of school
Additionally, Trip Camp is not a good fit for parents who have separation anxiety from their son as we do not permit campers to have mobile devices at camp.