Senior Forum

Overview

Grades: 9 -12
Duration: 6 Days – 5 Nights or 10 Days – 9 Nights

Location:

  • Stanford University
  • Southwestern University
  • Villanova University
  • University of Central Florida

SuperCamp’s Senior Forum is a summer program for students entering grades 9 to 12. Covering the threads of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and character, participants examine their own limiting beliefs, learn academic and life success strategies, reframe attitudes, and look at replacing old ineffective habits with new successful habits. Students define what is important to them, why they learn the way they do, and how to make use of their new knowledge to learn and live better.

Our key areas of focus are the following:

Learning Techniques

Academic Confidence

Students gain specialized academic strategies applicable in any learning situation. Topics covered include effective reading and writing strategies, study skills, creative thinking, meaningful and memorable note-taking, and memorization tools. Our goal is to empower students to excel in all subjects.

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Personal Success

Students experience many personal insights during their time at SuperCamp. We help them build self-confidence and motivation and teach them the value of strong relationships. Topics covered include positive communication, self-reflection, habit formation, self-expression, and FIMAGE (fear of image). We inspire students to value themselves and to believe in their ability to excel in all areas of their lives.

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Leadership

Leadership development is a priority throughout SuperCamp. It begins with first-year campers and continues with returning students who can join our Leadership Track, which supports further leadership-skill development. Leadership Track graduates can return to be on the Leadership Team, which helps them explore their personal leadership style.

Self Empowerment

Self-Empowerment

Breaking through self-imposed personal fears and limitations is a vital learning and growth experience for students. Topics include risk-taking, trust, comfort zone vs. learning zone, and setting goals that reflect personal values and beliefs. Students participate in an outdoor challenge course and a barrier breaking activity, both of which produce strong feelings that they are capable of doing anything they set their mind to.

Character Development

Character Development

The 8 Keys of Excellence are integrated into all aspects of the Senior Forum program. These Keys teach students to match their behavior with their values, learn from their mistakes, speak honestly and kindly, make the most of every moment, make their dreams happen, take responsibility for their actions, be flexible, and live their best life. When students embrace these principles, they are inspired to strive for personal excellence.

Fun

FUN!

We believe that to be effective learning must be fun. At SuperCamp we utilize research-based educational practices to create a joyful and engaging learning environment. We include music, fun activities, entertaining skits, and energetic games, and students participate in their learning at SuperCamp, they don’t just observe! We know that when learning is meaningful, memorable, and joyful, students excel.

10 DAY PROGRAM - OVERVIEW

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On day one students arrive, check in, meet their roommate, and get settled. Music fills the air as team leaders pump up the energy and encourage everyone to engage in “get to know you” activities. During this first day students are introduced to the 8 Keys of Excellence, the guiding system at the core of SuperCamp. They explore their perception of excellence and look at the Key of Balance and how it relates to their life.
Teams are a critical part of the SuperCamp culture. On day two students begin to build a team spirit and increase their level of comfort with other team members. They also look at expanding their comfort zone and letting go of FIMAGE (fear of image). This Is It, the Key of the day, is all about keeping a positive attitude and making the most of every moment. Students begin to learn how their brain works in the learning process and how to utilize this knowledge in the classroom.
The Key of Speak with Good Purpose and its accompanying communication strategies help students learn about maintaining positive relationships. In academic rotations that begin on day three students choose from the following subjects: clear communication, brain basics, and creative thinking. Finally, in the closing session students learn about using a “theta scan” to help their brain move information from short-term to long-term memory while they sleep!
In a fun maze activity on the morning of day four, students learn first-hand about the Key of Failure Leads to Success and the concept that failure = feedback. This is followed by academic rotations as noted above on day three. In the afternoon, students participate in a series of trust activities and consider what they can learn about themselves and about life during tomorrow’s Outdoor Adventure.
Day five's Outdoor Adventure Day is a metaphor for life. Students challenge themselves to move way out of their comfort zones in a safe physical environment, where teammates/friends hold the safety lines and cheer each other on to success. As participants find the inner courage to step out onto a high wire and climb to the top of a pole, they start to experience a new level of confidence. In the evening, students share their “I can do it” breakthroughs and participate in a high-energy Movement Workshop to celebrate their achievements.
Students build on the feeling of exhilaration from Outdoor Adventure Day and learn how to translate their physical accomplishments into the mental arena of the academic world. Day six is a big day as students realize the classroom is no different than the high ropes and requires the same combination of risk and fear to be successful. In morning and afternoon sessions students start main academic rotations that include Quantum Reading, Quantum Strategies, and Quantum Writing. In the evening they learn about the Key of Ownership, or accountability, and the concept of living above the line.
Learn, learn, learn! Students dive deeper into academic rotations in two more sessions on day seven and experience success moments that build their competence as well as their confidence. Their reading speed and comprehension increases, they acquire invaluable new learning strategies, and they learn to effectively handle a variety of writing assignments. The Key of the day is Integrity, which is about making sure that what we say and do are true reflections of what we value.
Day eight is the last full day of academic rotations so much learning takes place! In our exploration of the Key of Flexibility, students learn about the value of being willing to consider a different approach when something isn’t working! In the evening students are given an opportunity to explore their inner self, find their voice, and express themselves through poetry. They learn that people want to hear what they have to say and feel inspired to share their thoughts and feelings in the future.
The morning of day nine we explore the Key of Commitment and then learn about the importance of commitment in goal-setting with a focus on how to set achievable goals. After lunch, we return to goals and with one goal in mind, students participate in a barrier-breaking activity to break through whatever obstacles they perceive may be stopping them from achieving their goal. Today students also participate in a reality simulation to help them integrate SuperCamp learning into life back home. They encounter real-life peer distractions, academic challenges, and different teaching styles, forcing them to apply their Quantum Learning strategies in a simulated school setting.
Before our closing ceremony on day ten we look at tips for creating a smooth transition from SuperCamp to home and effective utilization of new SuperCamp skills. Today brings students’ incredible SuperCamp experience to a close in a ceremony that brings great joy and a few tears shared with new friends, parents and staff members. Students have learned a lot about themselves, about learning, and about life, and today they celebrate their experience and their growth.

6 DAY PROGRAM - OVERVIEW

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On day one students arrive, check in, meet their roommate, and get settled. Music fills the air as team leaders pump up the energy and encourage everyone to engage in “get to know you” activities. During this first day students are introduced to the 8 Keys of Excellence, the guiding system at the core of SuperCamp, and focus on the first Key—This Is It—about making the most of every moment and keeping a positive attitude. We also introduce “Big Brain Basics” and learn how to utilize Power Pegs to enhance memory.
Teams are a critical part of the SuperCamp culture. On day two students begin to build a team spirit and increase their level of comfort with other team members. Students start academics today with Quantum Reading strategies that help them increase their comprehension and speed. The Key of Speak with Good Purpose and its accompanying communication strategies help students learn about maintaining positive relationships. Students begin to learn how their brain works in the learning process and how to utilize this knowledge in the classroom. In our exploration of the Key of Flexibility after lunch, students learn about the value of being willing to consider a different approach when something isn’t working.
In a maze activity on day three, students learn first-hand about the Key of Failure Leads to Success and the concept that failure = feedback. In academic rotations that begin today students choose from the following subjects: clear communication, brain basics, and creative thinking. After lunch we explore the Key of Ownership and the concept of “living above the line,” helping students learn the importance of taking responsibility for their words and actions. Later students participate in a series of trust activities and consider what they can learn about themselves and about life during tomorrow’s Outdoor Challenge activity. After dinner students focus on expanding their comfort zones as well as letting go of FIMAGE (fear of image).
Today’s Outdoor Challenge activity is a metaphor for life. Students challenge themselves to move out of their comfort zones in a safe physical activity, where teammates/friends cheer each other on to success, leading students to experience a new level of confidence in their ability to take risks and succeed. After dinner we learn about the Key of Integrity followed by communication strategies for maintaining positive relationships. And just before our closing session we build self-awareness as we look at labels (self labels, labels we give others, and labels others give us) and how to handle them.
The morning of day five we look at the Key of Balance as well as practicing some of our Quantum Strategies (Mind Mapping and Power Pegs). Academics continue with Quantum Writing. In the evening students are given an opportunity to explore their inner self, find their voice, and express themselves through poetry. They learn that people want to hear what they have to say and feel inspired to share their thoughts and feelings in the future.
On the morning of day six we explore the Key of Commitment and then learn about the importance of commitment in goal-setting. Then with one goal in mind, students participate in a barrier-breaking activity to break through whatever obstacles they perceive may be stopping them from achieving their goal. After lunch we look at tips for creating a smooth transition from SuperCamp to home and effective utilization of new SuperCamp skills. This afternoon students’ incredible SuperCamp experience comes to a close in a ceremony that brings great joy and a few tears shared with new friends, parents and staff members. Students have learned a lot about themselves, about learning, and about life, and today they celebrate their experience and their growth.

A Typical Day at Senior Forum

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 Activity time

Activities chosen by students such as:

  • outdoor sports
  • campus book store visit
  • main room games
  • conversation, reading, quiet time

3:30 – 5:30 Afternoon session* 

  • Learning skills and/or life skills instruction
  • Team 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
  • Social Time
  • Song
  • Nightly review

10:00 Lights out

 

* Music and fun learning activities permeate all sessions and breaks are regularly provided. Times and activities may vary.

Location Details

STANFORD UNIVERSITY - Palo Alto, CA
SuperCamp-Teen Academic Camps-Stanford

June 27 – July 6

Grades 9­-12

10 days

$3,795

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July 17 – 22

Grades 9­-12

6 days

$2,795

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August 2 – 11

Grades 9­-12

10 days

$3,795

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August 14 – 19

Grades 9­-12

6 days

$2,795

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SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY - Georgetown, TX

June 25 – 30

Grades 9­-12

6 days

$2,595

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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY - Philadelphia, PA

July 9 – 14

Grades 9­-12

6 days

$2,595

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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA - Orlando, FL
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July 9 – 14

Grades 9­-12

6 days

$2,595

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July 17 – 22

Grades 9­-12

6 days

$2,595

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LIFE AT SUPERCAMP

Dorm Life
Dorm Life. Students share rooms in the university dormitories. Breakfast is at 7:30 AM and the day ends shortly after a closing gathering. Lights out is at 10:00 PM. The student­ to staff ratio is at least four ­to­ one. Team leaders live in the same residence halls as their students, with males and females on separate floors or wings.
Safety
Safety. Since its first program in 1982, SuperCamp has provided a safe, secure environment for participants. Students remain on campus at all times. On day one, we assign them to teams of 16 to 20 campers with two team leaders. The nature of our team-building exercises guarantees that your child will immediately feel supported by the team leaders and will quickly form close bonds with other campers. We have a trained wellness person (many are registered nurses) at every program who supports the emotional and physical well-being of all kids at camp.
Dining
Dining. Students eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the university cafeteria.

Program FAQs – Senior Forum

What are your results?

Students are unique individuals with different needs and abilities who benefit from SuperCamp in a variety of areas. Although most students say SuperCamp was one of the best experiences of their life, what’s important is the long-lasting results. After attending SuperCamp, 73% of the students increase their grades (this includes straight-A students), 84% report higher self-esteem, 68% increase their motivation levels, and 98% say they continue to use skills they learned at SuperCamp long after attending. Even parents who attended SuperCamp themselves tell us SuperCamp changed their lives for the better and they continue to use the skills decades later.

HOW DO YOU GET SUCH GREAT RESULTS IN SUCH A SHORT TIME?

At SuperCamp, we use Quantum Learning methods to create a safe, supportive, fun, and inspiring environment aligned with what we know from brain research. We build curiosity and a sense of belonging, we get inside our students’ world and build rapport, and we use strategies that reach all students and enhance their learning.

In a joyful interactive learning atmosphere, we teach students HOW to learn—skills and strategies that can be applied to any subject—building confidence and motivation. We help students understand the science behind how the brain processes information and identify how they learn best. We also guide students in building a positive sense of self and teach them the value of strong relationships. As we artfully orchestrate all of these elements, students experience mini-success moments that build confidence, create a shift in their attitude, and inspire and empower them to excel.

CAN MY CHILD RECEIVE SCHOOL CREDIT FOR ATTENDING SUPERCAMP?

SuperCamp is accredited by both AdvancED and WASC (Western Association for Schools and Colleges). These are the same agencies that give accreditation to our schools and colleges. Although there are exceptions, most high schools approve elective credit for students who participate in SuperCamp. After completion of SuperCamp we provide parents and students with documentation they can use to request elective credit from their school.

What IS THE BEST AGE TO ATTEND SUPERCAMP?

Students benefit in different ways at each age. Because of our focus on character development, all age groups learn more about themselves every year they attend SuperCamp. In addition, middle school students discover their preferred learning styles and develop skills for dealing with heavier academic schedules and increased social pressures. High school students learn strategies to enhance study skills, embrace leadership, and increase test scores. College-bound students learn how to responsibly manage their time and increased independence along with the academic and personal skills needed to thrive in a university setting. Each program builds on the program before, enabling students to continuously develop their personal and academic SuperCamp skills.

WHAT TYPE OF STUDENT ATTENDS SUPERCAMP?

A broad range of students attend SuperCamp from straight-A students to those who are struggling academically, with the majority somewhere in between. Students with strong leadership and life skills attend, as well as those who are building their abilities in these areas.

SuperCamp is not a therapeutic program and is not appropriate for students who need this kind of support. Due to our unique approach to teaching, which involves a lot of music, high energy, and communication activities focused on team and personal interactions, we have found that children experiencing heightened sensitivity and difficulty with social interactions are not as successful in this environment. When there are questions about whether or not the program is appropriate for a particular student, we consult a third-party advisor to make recommendations based on the information provided by the parent. For more specific information please contact our consultants at 800-228-5327, ext. 2, or email us at info@supercamp.com.

WILL STUDENTS BE SAFE AND SECURE?

SuperCamp has a 35-year track record of creating a safe, secure environment for participants. It is our #1 priority. Students remain on campus at all times, with the exception at some campuses that have a supervised off-site Outdoor Challenge Course. On the first day of SuperCamp, we assign them to teams of 16 to 20 students with two to three team leaders. The nature of our team-building exercises guarantees that your child will immediately feel supported by the team leaders and will quickly form close bonds with other campers. This cohesive unit allows your child to feel safe and supported by team members and staff as they participate in all program activities. In addition, we have a trained wellness person (many are registered nurses) and a site counselor at every program who support the emotional and physical wellbeing of all students.

What KIND OF SUPERVISION DO YOU PROVIDE?

The overall student-to-staff ratio is four-to-one. As mentioned, students are assigned to teams, headed by two to three team leaders. Among other responsibilities, team leaders supervise and support the students on their teams and live in the same residence halls. Male and female students and staff are housed on separate floors or wings.

is there any free time and WILL MY CHILD HAVE FUN AT CAMP?

Every afternoon, SuperCamp students have approximately two hours for supervised “free time” during which they can choose to participate in a variety of activities or sports, visit the campus bookstore, or simply enjoy some down time.

In addition, one of our core beliefs is that all students can excel when learning is fun. To achieve success for all our participants we focus on providing a joyful and engaging learning environment at SuperCamp. Participants often tell us that they never had so much fun while learning!