Camp LEAP IN

Learn to Explore And Play In Nature
  • A fun-filled, sensory rich summer camp for kids

    What can your child expect at Camp LEAP IN?  First and foremost, your child can expect to have a fun-filled and safe week! Your child will Learn to Explore And Play In Nature, hence our name, LEAP IN! 

    Research shows that children learn through sensory play and exploration. This camp will provide a sensory-rich environment for children to encourage the development of age-appropriate sensory processing skills, motor skills and social skills. Camp is sure to be loads of sensory fun as children Learn to Explore And Play INature or LEAP IN! 

    Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet.” 

    Dr. Maria Montessori

     

  • See the fun for yourself!  Check out photos from Camp LEAP IN!
  • Camp LEAP IN ​is an inclusive camp for children in both regular and special education programs.

  • Our curriculum was created to include all children. Activities are inclusive for children with autism, ADHD and sensory processing deficits. This camp will provide a sensory-rich environment for all children to encourage the development of age-appropriate sensory processing, motor and social skills. 

  • Five Focus Areas

    • Sensory: We will work to integrate the senses (tactile, vestibular, proprioception, olfactory, vision, auditory and taste) in natural ways through imaginative play schemes.  We will be walking on logs as balance beams, splashing, jumping and digging in mud puddles, swinging with the wind blowing in our faces, jumping off stumps, rolling down grassy hills, walking over crunchy leaves and building forts with sticks and wood. Your child will have the opportunity to seek out what their body needs and direct this to be in the optimal state to participate in other activities. The environment will be equipped with a variety of tools to facilitate all of the senses such as hammocks, swings, tents, slack lines, and alternative seating. Nature in and of itself is the best sensory playground!
    • Gross Motor: Immersion in nature will focus on the development of large muscle coordination, core strength, the body awareness needed to motor plan and problem solve, build an obstacle course and other play-based activities.
    • Fine and Perceptual Motor Activities: We will use our tactile and touch systems, and with our own two hands build and construct cool things. We will facilitate the development of mature patterns by grasping tools to complete nature art and picking up and manipulating multi-sensory materials a variety of shapes and sizes. We work on developing the right amount of force needed to work with items in nature to play.
    • Language: As the children use their bodies to engage in nature, language-rich vocabulary and concepts will be taught in the environment where language naturally occurs. Children will work on following directions and using expanded sentence structure as they play, work, and most importantly have fun!
    • Social and Emotional Development:  Children will work on problem-solving as a team to create, build and play with multi-sensory materials. Skills that will be encouraged and addressed “in the moment” include being demanding, compromise, transitioning, sharing, listening to others ideas, taking turns, waiting for one’s turn and addressing any anxieties that may be present with trying new things or new sensory experiences. Camp LEAP IN is a safe place for children to experience all levels of feelings and emotions. We are equipped to identify appropriate ways to handle and cope, with the behaviors and emotions that will surface while working in groups with others.  The tools that we use to facilitate this domain include, but are not limited to, Michelle Garcia Winter’s “Social Thinking,” Becky Bailey’s “Conscious Discipline” and Leah M. Kuypers’ “Zones of Regulation.”

     

  • 2020 Camp Schedule

    A limited number of partial camp scholarships may be available.  Click here for more information. 

    • Go Green!
      Camp LEAP IN believes in recycling and that it is a vital step in preserving resources on our planet. Reducing waste is a key element of sustainability and part of a smart approach to end negative impacts on the environment and nature! Join us this week where you will have the chance to turn trash to treasure! Participants this week will have a chance to build projects using entirely used and recycled materials, teaching kids easy and fun ways to reduce waste. They will also have the opportunity to use their creativity and imagination to build works of art through reusable materials that are typically destined for the trash. Go Green with us while you engage in multi-sensory play and construction!
      • 5-12
        Ages
      • June 15-18
        Date
    • Treasure Island!
      Listen up land lubbers-come and join our pirate crew! If you would like to cast off on a Pirate Quest then this is the week for you. We will spend this week getting down and dirty and exploring our senses through nature as we go on treasure hunting quests. Have you ever walked a plank? Do you like to build and construct bridges? We will engage in group learning activities to address team-building skills as we sail nature's ship together. Grab your eye patch and join our crew!
      • 5-12
        Ages
      • July 14-17
        Date
    • Monster Mash!
      Do you like adventures? Exploring monsters in the muck? Come to Camp LEAP IN to create the monsters you imagine in your mind. What does your monster look like? Is it big or small, soft, smooth or rough or perhaps it sparkles? A variety of materials will be provided for you to design your creations. Come explore monster madness with us while having opportunities to fulfill all of your sensory needs and PLAY!
      • 5-12
        Ages
      • July 20-23
        Date
    • Hands-on Nature: Anything Goes!
      Escape to the land of the wild things where you can play and run free! What creatures can you find and learn about? Hands-on Nature is designed to connect children to the natural world and experience nature’s wonders first hand. Let’s get down and dirty and wet and wild as we use our imaginations and senses to paint, build, construct, and sculpt our way through nature’s sensory playground! Use your imagination to create your own habitats and go on an adventure where you get to lead and explore nature at your fingertips. Anything goes this week as you fulfill your sensory needs to PLAY!
      • 5-12
        Ages
      • July 27-July 30
        Date
  • Counselors in Training

    Our Counselors in Training program is designed for repeat campers who may have aged out of our program, but would still benefit from the social skills and leadership training offered at Camp LEAP IN.  Counselors in Training (CIT) must be at least 12 years old and have attended camp in the past to qualify. Our CIT will lead stations and work on independent social skills required to increase confidence, communicate to others effectively in a group, and demonstrate leadership.  Regular camp fees apply.

  • Camper Requirements

    • Must be independent with their daily living skills to include toileting, dressing, and feeding
    • Must be independently verbal to participate in the camp activities and benefit from the social programming
    • Must be able to follow simple directions in a group

    Camp LEAP IN may require follow up information or assessment to ensure each camper can get the most out of their camp experience, and to ensure the safety for all campers and staff. 

    We believe every child can benefit from our programming.  Therefore, it is our goal to create a few spaces each session to allow a camper who may not have all of the above the skills to attend camp. If you feel that your child that has not yet developed the above skills, please reach out to us so we can discuss if we are able to meet your child’s needs.


  • General
    Information

    • Camp is $280 per week. 
    • Camps run from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at The Canterbury School in Greensboro, North Carolina.
    • Payment in full is required with your application to reserve a spot for your child.  Your registration is not complete until all forms, and payment has been received.
    • Applications will be reviewed individually, and you will be notified within a week of your child’s acceptance. 
    • If your child is not accepted, your camp fee will be returned to you.
    • Cancellation requests need to be received via email. Refunds will be issued for cancellations prior to April 1. After that date, a partial refund will only be given if that camper’s spot can be filled. This refund will be in the amount of $200, and an $80 processing fee will be retained.
  • Register for Camp LEAP IN now!