Athena’s Path ™ and Hero’s Pursuit Summer Camp FAQ
Social leadership means knowing how to handle the stuff middle schoolers face using confidence, critical thinking, problem solving and empathy. One of the hardest things about the leap to middle school is figuring out how to navigate the ever-changing adolescent social world. You can give your kid all the binders, organizers, sticky notes and pens in the world, but what usually trips up a kid in middle school is the social stuff.
What do you do when you hear a guy tease a girl for her weight? How do you keep it cool with a friend when you both try out for a team but only one of you makes it? How do you react when someone teases you or your friend about your clothes/attitude/grades? What’s the best way to make friends with kids coming from other schools? How do you inspire your friends to use their social power for good? Students practice these skills at Athena’s Path ™ & Hero’s Pursuit camps.
Q: Who leads the Athena’s Path ™ and Hero’s Pursuit camps?
The camps are taught by certified high school teachers, along with at least two high school student interns.
Q: What will my son or daughter do at camp? Is it all lessons, or will they have fun?
Every camp uses the Athena’s Path ™ or Hero’s Pursuit curriculum as its baseline. Each day, no matter which camp you choose, your child will learn two important leadership skills and play lots of fun games. These are some of the lessons taught:
- Redefining Leadership
- Responding to Criticism
- Taking Compliments
- Creative Problem-Solving
- Exiting Toxic Friendships
- Media Influence
- Handling Emotional Flare-Ups
- Positive Communication
- Stepping Out of Drama
- Managing Group Dynamics
We know campers won’t learn UNLESS they’re having fun. Throughout the day, the campers play lots of games and do activities related to the theme of the lesson. We do a mix of hands on, physical and verbal activities to make sure we have something for everyone.
Throughout the week at every camp, we sprinkle in guests who share with the kids their expertise and experiences. We’ve welcomed police officers, break dancers, yoga instructors, fencing coaches and more to do activities with the campers!
Q: Why are your camps different prices?
Base camp rates are the same, but each host site adds a fee to cover their costs. This creates different camp prices around town.
Q: None of these dates work for our family. Will you add other camp dates or locations?
We would be happy to put together a private camp for your students, class or group. You provide a minimum of eight campers and a location (house, community center, school, etc.) and we provide staff and supplies. Contact Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the process started!
Q: I like the sounds of it but I think I am going to have to force my son or daughter to go. Should I register them for camp anyway?
In a word, yes. Most kids come to Athena’s Path ™ or Hero’s Pursuit camps because their parents signed them up. But by the end of the week, the students are usually making plans for a reunion! It takes a couple days for them to get fully into the camp experience, so allow for that transition time before you evaluate their experience.
Q: You have some unique partnership camps this summer. What are they?
We partner with SparkPoint Studios and photography teacher, Kate Weaver, for some fun camp experiences! In our photography camps, girls will still experience the traditional Athena’s Path ™ curriculum for the first part of the day, but then will switch to photography lessons for the second half. The photography will tie into the concepts of the Athena’s Path program. Girls will learn a new hobby with skills and tools to create strong images now and throughout their lives, using just a cell phone or a point and shoot. They’ll also learn the importance of trying new things, taking healthy risks and learning to see photos and social media in a whole new way!
For horse and animal lovers, we are partnering with the Equestrian program at Palisades Episcopal school. The girls will experience the Athena’s Path program and enjoy each day with the horses at the barn. Why horses? Try convincing a 1,000 lb. animal to do what you want them to do. This takes patience, perseverance, and calm steady strength. So does middle school. Campers will learn to identify their unique leadership style, to delay instant gratification for the sake of their safety (and that of the horses*), and to problem solve within a community of peers. Our Athena’s Path creative games, activities and conversations, paired with The Palisades Equestrian Center’s lessons on grooming, safe handling, and preparing the horses to be ridden, help girls develop confidence and a depth of tools to navigate adolescence.
*Monday through Wednesday the horse activities focus on equine care. Girls will interact with the horses daily, culminating in an hour ride on Thursday or Friday. Campers will learn that safety and proper care must come first before the joy of the ride. In addition to horse care, girls will play our signature Athena’s Path games throughout the week ensuring their patience is always rewarded with plenty of fun.
Q: Should I send my child with a friend or is it better to come alone?
This is a question we get asked all the time. If your child is struggling with a friend (or if you think the friendship may be temporarily toxic), it would be more beneficial for them to do separate camps so they can talk freely, and so they can bond with new friends. We work hard at camp to make sure the kids bond quickly, and our interns know to seamlessly incorporate shy or nervous kids into the group, so your child should make new friends pretty fast. On the other hand, some kids do sign up with friends and that works, too!
If we haven’t answered your question, please email Quinn Davidson at email@example.com. Thanks!
If you’re ready to go, sign up now. Spaces are limited so grab a spot. Seriously, not just saying that!