What is Camp?
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We offer both residential and day camping programs: in our residential program, we serve campers ages 8 to 17 (or rising 3rd graders to rising 12th graders). Our day camp program accepts rising 3rd to 7th graders. Campers need not be certified as gifted, but instead are merely encouraged to decide for themselves if they’d like to attend. Campers stay in a college dormitory, generally sharing a room with a roommate; a counselor stays in another room on the same hall.
We offer exciting and challenging programs for talented and gifted students. Through outreach and scholarships, we foster a racially and economically diverse community. At AICL, we see everyone as both a learner and a teacher. We encourage social and intellectual interactions that will enable our students to fulfill their personal, professional, and academic potential. Because we build curricula based on the idea that learning is fun and should be ongoing, we prepare our students to engage our complex world with insight, empathy, and confidence.
AICL creates an environment in which it’s safe to laugh and learn, to risk and fail, to experiment with something outside of one’s competence. We celebrate the life of the mind, but we’ve seen too many bright, interesting campers who don’t necessarily fit well in a traditional school model to limit ourselves to those who’ve been classified as gifted. Instead, we call our campers motivated learners, figuring anyone who shows up to take biology, math, or art in July is motivated. Campers make lifelong friends at AICL. They experience breakthroughs in their thinking and understanding. They experience acceptance and new confidence in their social skills. But most of all, they receive a lesson that we hope will stay with them their whole lives, and that, through all of our changes, we’ve known all along: Learning is fun.
Our Camp Schedule
For each week-long session, campers choose four classes (9:00, 10:30, 1:00 and 2:30). All classes are open to all grade levels. Our classes offer specialization and individualized instruction unavailable outside of private lessons and college courses. The smaller classes, innovative teachers, and longer meeting times allow the same course to be a comfortable introduction for the novice and a new challenge for the advanced student. Classes fill the mornings and early afternoons. Later afternoons are reserved for swimming, volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee. After dinner, there are special events ranging from a talent show or Zombie Hunt, to a disco or group games. During evening dorm time, campers hang out with friends, play games, or watch movies, and then sleep. Campers are supervised at all times and counselors live on the same halls as their groups.