Summer is a great time for your teen to build skills and explore interests. Structured programs can help high school students with learning and attention issues spend the summer months productively.
If your child still loves her old camp, great! If not, there are many other summer options for teens. Talk with your child about where she’d like to focus her energy. Here are some key areas to consider.
Activities to Develop Your Teen’s Interests
- Outdoor adventure programs
- Travel camps or volunteer programs abroad
- Service-learning programs in your community
- Arts and performance programs
- Technology workshops
- Sports clinics or teams
- Other hobby-based programs: aviation, yoga, woodworking, culinary arts, etc.
- Religious camps
- Cultural programs or museum camps
- Military leadership programs
- Summer camps specifically for kids with learning and attention issues
Activities to Refine Your Teen’s Academic Skills
- Specialty subject-based camps: foreign language immersion, math camp, etc.
- Academic programs specifically for kids with learning and attention issues
- Tutoring sessions (group or one-on-one)
Activities to Prepare Your Teen for College
- ACT and SAT test-taking courses
- Personal-essay writing workshops
- College courses
- College prep programs specifically for kids with learning and attention issues
Activities to Introduce Your Teen to the Work World
- Internships, apprenticeships or job-shadowing programs
- Counselor or counselor-in-training programs at day or sleepaway camps
- City or state-sponsored youth employment programs
- Other kinds of summer jobs: lifeguarding, scooping ice cream, bussing tables, etc.
Find out what to ask when evaluating summer camps. And if you’re unsure if your child’s ready for sleepaway camp, use Decision Guide to help guide your choice.