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.