Who are Camp Pegasus Campers?
Our typical campers are girls and boys who have minimally completed kindergarten AND will be between 6-16 years old by the beginning of camp. Camp Pegasus specializes in helping kids both WITHOUT - and WITH - a formal diagnosis of ADHD, learning differences, and high functioning Autism (formerly Asperger's Syndrome).
Students with an aide at school should attend camp Pegasus with an aide.
Our campers are intelligent and verbal children who grapple with social and emotional challenges in a variety of ways:
Misreading social cues such as body language or voice inflections
Shyness and social awkwardness
Difficulty initiating and/or sustaining conversation or play
Inflexibility and arguing with peers
Misunderstanding when it is necessary to give up control and compromise
Frustration tolerance and anger management, transitions, anxiety, impulsivity, etc.
We wish we can help everyone, but our program is not staffed or designed to support children with:
Significant self-regulation challenges, such as: extreme physical aggression, frequent and uncontrolled tantrums, or a tendency to elope (run away)
Extreme preoccupation with internal thoughts or experiences, perseveration on ideas/objects to the exclusion of focus on peers or activities
Pervasively oppositional and defiant behaviors
Nonverbal or minimal verbal ability
At Camp Pegasus, we must ensure that our groups are successful for the entire group as well as your child. Sometimes, a child's developmental needs or coping difficulties greatly impact the group’s functioning.In those cases, we might observe behaviors that are disruptive, oppositional, tantrum, or hurtful. Our staff are skilled and diligent in our attempts to resolve these conflicts. At times, the resolution for the child cannot be reached in the context of the group setting and we may need to change your child's group placement or discontinue your child’s attendance the program. In that situation, we try to recommend alternative therapeutic or camp interventions that may better benefit your child.
WE PLACE CAMPERS IN BUNKS WITH PEERS OF SIMILAR AGES AND SIMILAR DEVELOPMENTAL NEEDS AND BEHAVIORS.
Camp Pegasus offers co-ed bunks for 80 campers in each session. We limit every bunk to 10 campers. Bunks are separated by two characteristics: (1) age and (2) supervisory needs.
Group assignments are initially determined by age and developmental level. Placement is then refined by...
The degree of structure, support, and supervision of the campers
Thoughtful assessment leads to the creation of two tracks of bunks.
One track is for campers with subtle social challenges and awkwardness needing less intensive supervision and coaching. The second track is for campers whose social, behavioral and emotional needs benefit from greater supervision, social training and coaching.
To ensure campers’ social skill success, Camp Pegasus offers an extremely low camper to staff ratio ensuring that campers receive individualized social support and training. Staffing ratios are usually 2.5:1 or 2:1.