Camp Altitude Day Camp
For our youngest campers that are entering the 3rd through 5th grade, we focus upon the emergence and growth of foundational skills.
These include practicing and developing basic social skills, such as:
- Starting, maintaining, and ending conversations appropriately
- Taking turns speaking and listening
- Recognizing and understanding nonverbal cues
- Expressing thoughts and opinions in a (helpful) way
- Initiating interactions and gaining attention in positive ways
- Sharing with others and taking turns when playing
- Developing reciprocal friendships
- Recognizing expected and unexpected behaviors
- Realizing that there is more than one way to view a situation
- Problem solving with others and resolving conflicts
- Learning to be assertive in a polite way
In addition, we start to focus on learning and practicing basic executive functioning skills and coping strategies, such as:
- Following directions
- Improving attention
- Controlling impulsive behavior
- Increasing flexibility and ease of transitions
- Managing and appropriately expressing both positive and negative feelings
- Making healthy choices
Focusing on skill development at Altitude, our staff assists campers to engage in fun activities and reciprocal interactions with peers, all within a supportive environment.
Furthermore, teaching these skills within the context of a natural setting – summer camp – provides the potential for generalization to other settings (home, school, the community.) Acquisition of these basic skills also prepares our campers for learning higher-level skills, once they are ready to advance to our sleep-away program.
Day Camp Director: Lisa Anderson
Lisa is currently a Mild/Moderate Education Specialist in Sanger Unified School District. After attending California State University, Fresno, and earning a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science, she went on to earn her dual (General Education and Special Education) teaching credential. She has been teaching in her district for three years now and loves every minute of her job. Her career ambitions have led her to a hopeful future in Occupational Therapy. She is anxiously awaiting an admittance letter for Occupational Therapy Graduate School at San Jose State University; she hopes to begin this journey of OT and Graduate school in the Fall of 2014. Aside from her career, Lisa enjoys photography and exercise. She loves to spend her free time outdoors whether it is to photograph, go for a run, or for a casual sports game. This will be Lisa’s second summer at Camp Altitude, but she has been to other camps as a camper and staff member since the young age of seven. She is looking forward to her new position as Day Camp Director.