SuperCamp's Junior Forum is for middle school students entering grades 6–8. Students discover their individual learning styles, develop skills for managing a heavier academic schedule, and learn how to deal with increased social pressure.
Junior Forum lays the foundation to prepare your middle school student for success. Students learn the why behind how they learn. They start to realize that they are in charge of their learning, and understand how their brain processes information. Like all SuperCamp programs, Junior Forum focuses on academic, life and career skills. With this younger group, we dive deeper into three key areas that are essential for middle school success:
- Time Management: With six different teachers, heavier homework loads and more extracurricular activities, time management is one of the most important skills for pre-teens to master. SuperCamp teaches students to take ownership of their time.
- Quantum Strategies: Middle school students are very literal. At SuperCamp we break down the learning process, so that students know what they have to do in school every day to do better. Our 10-24-7 system helps students learn and retain content from the time the lesson is introduced. We give them a concrete structure of how to study so that they’re prepared to do well on homework, quizzes, projects and tests.
- Communication: In 21st Century learning, communication is considered one of the most important skills for students to grasp. At Junior Forum, students learn to communicate with teens from different areas, schools and backgrounds. Using our system for clear communication students have the opportunity to step on stage for public speaking, express their thoughts with our Think In Ink writing process, and understand best practices for interacting with parents, teachers, and peers.
Junior Forum provides students with a foundation of leadership skills that will begin to help them immediately in academic group projects and extracurricular activities. The 8 Keys of Excellence are the cornerstone of the Junior Forum leadership training. This set of principles to live by helps students gain a sense of who they are and what they stand for, which is a key aspect of becoming a great leader.
Junior Forum Middle School Summer Camp Schedule
Junior Forum is SuperCamp's 8-day middle school summer camp for students entering grades 6, 7 and 8 in the fall. SuperCamp is a residential summer camp—meaning the students live on campus in the dorms at the university where SuperCamp is being held.
8-Day Middle School Camp Schedule:
Below is a snapshot of what happens during the week:
Day 1: Welcome. Students arrive, check-in, meet their roommates, and get settled. Team leaders facilitate large group games and the energy is high. Think loud music, dancing, and fun! The afternoon session officially begins the students’ journey of learning and discovery. There are staff introductions, team-building games, learning activities, a tour of the campus, and dinner in the campus cafeteria with new teams. After dinner, the evening continues with an introduction to the 8 Keys of Excellence. The day ends with reflection time and a journal-writing opportunity.
Day 2: The morning begins with the Key of the day—This Is It! New traditions are established and students get a taste of how we teach in our mini-learning and life skills sessions. In the evening, team members learn about communication with the Key of Speak with Good Purpose. Meanwhile, students are stepping out of their Comfort Zones by finding out more about each other, building trust, and understanding people's differences and similarities.
Day 3: This day opens with SuperCamp traditions and focuses on teamwork, relationships with others, and knowing oneself better. Day three’s Key is Ownership, so we begin by taking responsibility for one’s actions. Collaboration becomes the focus in the afternoon as students apply what they have learned about themselves in a team setting. In the evening session, students continue to build the level of trust with their teams and welcome the outdoor adventure leaders that’ll help them explore safety and expectations.
Day 4: In the morning students learn about the Key of Commitment as they get pumped up for Outdoor Adventure Day. They’ll challenge themselves in a safe environment, where their teammates and friends will hold their safety lines cheering them on to success as they navigate high wires that are exhilarating and fun. In the evening, students talk about what they learned in the outdoor adventure and then participate in Poetry Night—where they'll be inspired and touched by what they feel, write, and hear.
Day 5: Morning traditions continue, including the Key of Flexibility. Students reinforce their ability to memorize with a strategy called “narrative chain.” It's the perfect lead-in to a day of academic rotations including Quantum Study Strategies, Quantum Reading, and Quantum Writing. In the evening, students work with their teams while exploring the Key of Failure Leads to Success. Later that night, students learn how to contribute meaningfully in relationships with their friends and family.
Day 6: The Key of the day is Integrity. Students learn how to align their actions with their beliefs and set goals for themselves for when they return home from camp. They continue to rotate through academic sessions and connect more deeply with the whole camp as they creatively share more about themselves in the afternoon. Then in the evening they’ll take a look at rejection, peer pressure, and how to handle some of the more difficult times in middle school.
Day 7: Today’s focus is on the Key of Failure Leads to Success. Students complete their last full day of academic rotations, giving them many tools to apply on all their school subjects. They’ll review and practice their new skills in a crazy, fun way so they’ll be comfortable using them at school and home. The day concludes with individual strength acknowledgments as students receive and give accolades to their teammates with a celebration of learning in a high-energy Movement Workshop.
Day 8: Graduation day is here! For the past eight days, students have been on an incredible learning journey. Now they celebrate their learning and discover the Key of Balance. It’s also a day of parting from teammates and others with whom they’ve connected, as well as reconnecting with family and friends sharing new thoughts, feelings, skills, and experiences.