Junior Forum

Overview

Grades: 6-8
Duration: 6 Days – 5 Nights

Locations:

  • Stanford University
  • Villanova University

SuperCamp’s Junior Forum is a summer program for students entering grades 6 to 8. Covering the threads of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and character, participants examine their own beliefs, behaviors and attitudes. 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, conflict resolution, time management, self-reflection, and goal-setting. We inspire students to value themselves and believe in their ability to excel in all areas of their lives.

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Leadership

The ability to lead is a fundamental part of academic confidence and personal success. Topics include creative thinking, goal-setting, problem-solving, team building, collaboration, and time management. Through team participation students discover what their strengths are as leaders, the role they play on a team, and how to bring out the best in other people.

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 that produces strong feelings that they are capable of doing anything they set their mind to.

Character Development

Character Development

Our 8 Keys of Excellence 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. Students participate in their learning at SuperCamp—they don’t just observe! When learning is meaningful, memorable, and joyful, students excel.

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, including a focus on the first Key—This Is It—about making the most of every moment and keeping a positive attitude. We also learn our first memory strategy—clockface—and then have no problem memorizing the first twelve presidents of the United States.
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. In our exploration of the Key of Flexibility, students learn the value of being willing to consider a different approach when something isn’t working! Today we start academic rotations covering FocusUp, Memory Upgrade, and Listening Skills. After lunch students focus on expanding their comfort zones as well as letting go of FIMAGE (fear of image). In the evening we look at the Key of Speak with Good Purpose and its accompanying communication strategies.
Through a fun activity students learn first-hand on day three about the Key of Failure Leads to Success and the concept that failure = feedback. Academic rotations continue with Quantum Reading, Quantum Writing, and Quantum Strategies. 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.
Today’s Outdoor Challenge activity is a metaphor for life. Students challenge themselves to move way out of their comfort zones in a safe physical challenge activity. 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 students learn about the Key of Integrity followed by a focus on maintaining positive relationships. And just before our closing session we build self-awareness as we look at rejection.
This morning we look at the Key of Commitment as well as goal-setting and the importance of commitment in achieving goals. Day five is our last session of academic rotations. 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 learn about the Key of Balance. We also look at ideas for creating a smooth transition from SuperCamp to home and effective utilization of new SuperCamp skills. And 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 Junior 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
  • Song
  • Nightly review

9:30 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

July 9 – 14

Grades 6-8

6 days

$2,695

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July 25 – 30

Grades 6-8

6 days

$2,695

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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY - Philadelphia, PA
SuperCamp-Villanova

July 17 – 22

Grades 6-8

6 days

$2,495

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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 9:30 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 – Junior 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.

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!