Who goes to Apex Summer Camp?

A broad spectrum of kids attend Apex Summer Camp. Our program is designed for children ages 6-12 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and their peers and siblings, with or without a diagnosis. Children need proficient language skills (equivalent of 6 years of age) to fully participate in the program.

What is the camper to counselor ratio?

Kids are divided into groups or “bunks” of 12-14 campers. Bunks have a dedicated team of 5-6 counselors, usually led by a master’s level therapist or advanced graduate student. Counselors are graduate and undergraduate students studying psychology, medicine, speech-language pathology, education, occupational therapy, etc. We typically have a staff to camper ratio of 1 to 3.

What is a typical day at Apex Summer Camp?

The day begins with a group discussion reviewing the schedule and social skill of the day. After a transition, the first of the day’s four activities begins. The four daily activities include: a sports skills drill, a sports game, a board game period, and counselor’s choice. Each activity begins with a group discussion outlining rules and expectations, and ends with a group discussion reviewing successes and challenges. Activities are separated by structured transitions. A lunch break followed by recess occur in the middle of the day. The day concludes with a discussion reviewing the successes and challenges of the day.

Where is camp?

Our summer program is hosted at an elementary school in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, within ten minutes of the University of Washington Seattle Campus.

How do I apply?

Apply online by submitting an electronic application once they open in January.

What’s the application process?

After we receive an electronic application, we will contact the family to schedule a virtual or in-person screening.  We aim to notify families if their child has been accepted to the program within two weeks from the screening appointment.

What is the cost?

Camp tuition is $4950. This includes a $1250 camp fee and $3500 for professional staff services.

Is part of camp covered by insurance?

We do not expect to bill professional services to insurance. Insurance and Washington State rules require services to be provided directly by licensed professionals (as opposed to graduate or undergraduate counselors) in order to be reimbursable.

Are there scholarships available?

Scholarships are available from the UW Autism Center’s Family Scholarship Fund and FEAT of WA Ben’s Fund (for children that have an ASD diagnosis).

We would like to thank Harkla for a generous $5000 donation to support scholarships at Apex Summer Camp!