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Camp SAY: A Summer Camp for Young People who Stutter

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Camp SAY and accredited program?

Yes! Camp SAY is an American Camp Association (ACA)-accredited program, so you can feel confident that our camp program meets exceptional quality & safety standards.

What results can I expect with Camp SAY?

Children and teens leave Camp SAY with so many important benefits such as increased confidence, new friendships, greater independence and feeling better prepared to begin the new school year in a very positive way. That’s the reason that about 80% of campers return to Camp SAY the following year.

What activities will be offered at camp?

Camp SAY offers a broad range of sports activities (basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, kickball, and more), arts activities (arts & crafts, singing, dance, acting/improv, creative writing, and more), outdoor/adventure activities (swimming in the lake or pool, horseback riding, rock-climbing, gem mining, hiking, ropes courses, and more!), and speech therapy with a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in stuttering. 

Can my child receive speech therapy while at camp?

Yes. Speech therapy, both individual and group therapy, is offered at Camp SAY, at no additional cost. We believe that stuttering should be treated using a comprehensive approach and Camp SAY offers a variety of therapy programs individualized to fit each child’s needs. A certified Speech-Language Pathologist – who specializes in stuttering – provides all therapy sessions. Whether or not your child participates in speech therapy during camp is completely up to you and your child. For more information regarding speech therapy services, visit the Speech Therapy section of our SAY website. 

Can my child attend camp for less than two weeks?

Yes. We understand that not all families are ready to have their child attend camp for two full weeks. We also know that summers are a busy time and children start school on different days. We can work with each family’s schedule and preferences to make every camper’s stay amazing. One-week experiences and shortened stays are available upon request, with tuition adjusted accordingly.

What is the tuition for camp?

Camp SAY’s base tuition is $3,175.  We offer tuition on a sliding scale basis (learn more about sliding scale tuition and travel) so Camp SAY is accessible to all families. Early Bird discounts are also available for early enrollment.

Tuition includes all meals and activities for your child during their stay. Transportation to Camp SAY is not included in the cost of tuition, however we do provide private, chartered Motor Coach transportation between the Charlotte Airport and Camp SAY (as outlined in more detail in the next FAQ).

How will my child get to camp?

We work closely with families to make each child’s trip to Camp SAY safe and as enjoyable as possible.

For the New York tri-state (NY, NJ & CT) and surrounding areas, we schedule one or more chaperoned flights from NYC to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Children taking individual flights are welcomed at the airport upon arrival. Our staff helps navigate baggage claim (and check-in for return flights) and campers and counselors then board a private, chartered Motor Coach for the fun trip to Camp SAY.

How do the chaperoned group flights work?

A group of Camp SAY counselors will meet you and your child at a NYC-area Airport. Campers and counselors will fly direct from NYC to North Carolina (typically less than a two-hour flight). Campers and counselors then board a private, chartered Motor Coach that takes them directly to Camp SAY.

What if I live in another part of the country?

Our campers come from across the country and even abroad. For campers living outside of the New York tri-state area, or those not taking a NYC group flight:  You may drop your child off directly at Camp SAY in Hendersonville, North Carolina, or a Camp counselor will meet your child at a pre-arranged North Carolina airport and travel with them directly to camp.

Are travel expenses covered in Camp SAY’s tuition?

Travel expenses are not covered in Camp SAY’s tuition (excluding local arrival day/departure day chartered Motor Coach travel between the NC airport and Camp SAY, as outlined above).

However, Camp SAY offers travel on a sliding scale basis to make travel to Camp SAY affordable for all families.

When is Visiting Day and what happens on Visiting Day?

Visiting Day is typically the final Saturday of camp (more specific details are provided closer to camp). Visiting Day is when we invite parents, family members, and friends to come spend an amazing day at Camp SAY.

Visitors receive a tour of the camp (and maybe even join some activities), participate in a great Q&A session with a camp director and a Speech-Language Pathologist, enjoy a special lunch with campers, and watch campers participate in an inspiring presentation where they share something original that they’ve created (e.g. a short speech, play, song, dance, and more). Each child can choose to participate or not in this final presentation. It’s truly a day of celebration and empowerment!

I heard that at the end of camp parents may attend a special presentation.

Yes. The children at Camp SAY host a special presentation on Visiting Day, which is open to family and friends.

Can we arrange for grandparents or other family members / friends to visit our child during camp at any other time besides Visiting Day?

Children can only receive visitors on Camp SAY Visiting Day. Campers enjoy a very active and individualized schedule and receiving visitors at other times tends to interrupt the camp experience. Additionally, other campers find it difficult when one camper has a visitor and they do not, so to be sensitive to the needs of all of our campers, we ask for your compliance with this policy.

Can I speak to my child over the phone while they are at camp?

Yes. However, for the same reasons outlined above, phone calls tend to disrupt the camp experience. Parents and guardians are welcome to call the Camp SAY cell phone if they have any questions or concerns while their child is at camp, and if a parent wants to speak with their child, that can certainly be arranged. Campers are not allowed to use their own cell phones during their stay at camp.

Can I send emails to my child during their stay at camp?

Yes. Enrolled families will receive information about how to send emails to their campers at a specialized email address so campers can receive emails in printed form – since Campers do not have access to computers or personal email accounts while at camp.

Can I expect to receive mail from my child when he or she is at camp?

Yes. We encourage all campers to write home during their time at camp, and include at least two letter-writing days during our 14-day session.

Can I email the Camp SAY Leadership Team during my child’s stay at camp?

Yes, parents can communicate directly with our team by sending an email to info@SAY.org, or to one of the camp directors (added details are provided upon enrollment).

Can I send a package to my child when they are at camp?

Unfortunately, campers cannot receive packages while they are at camp. Please be sure to send your child to camp with all of the items they will need for their stay. If you need help deciding what to pack, please refer to our packing checklist that will be provided upon enrollment.

Does my child need any special items or equipment at camp?

Camp SAY provides a packing list for you to refer to when preparing your child for camp. Remember, your child will be doing a lot of walking around at camp, so supportive sneakers, or hiking boots are highly recommended.

What about sending electronics and other valuables with my child to camp?

Camp SAY cannot be responsible for electronics or valuables that are sent to camp. We allow iPods and other MP3 or CD players to be used inside the cabin, but we recommend against sending video games or other similar devices to camp. All cell phones will be kept in the Main Office and will not be available to your child during their camp stay (and will be returned on departure day). 

Why did we choose Blue Star over other camps?

Blue Star Camps (www.bluestarcamps.com) has been a leader in the camp industry for over 50 years, and we are thrilled to partner with them for Camp SAY. Blue Star is located on a private 500-acre American Camp Association (ACA) accredited facility, located in Hendersonville, NC. Nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Blue Star’s specially designed campus, as well as the surrounding area, is a catalyst for discovery and adventure. Blue Star offers 2 beautiful lakes (complete with zip-line, water slides, kayaking, and more), mountaintop views, a large heated swimming pool, an impressive performance/sports complex, an animal center, equestrian center, and so much more. Blue Star Camps is located just 1/2 hour away from Asheville, North Carolina. Blue Star facilities are astonishing and state-of-the-art.

What’s the food like at Camp SAY?

The food at Camp SAY is delicious and receives rave reviews from campers! Our choice-based menu is developed by the talented culinary team at Blue Star Camps, and in addition to the great menu items offered during each meal, campers enjoy a large salad bar (including locally sourced produce) or pasta bar at lunch and dinner time too. Dessert and fresh fruit complete each meal. The menu provided at camp is nutritious and balanced, while also being very kid-friendly. During the day, campers also receive added snacks and beverages. Click here for a sample menu.

Can you accommodate my child’s special diet needs?

Yes, Camp SAY can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and lactose-intolerant diets. If your child requires other menu considerations, please just let us know, so we can make accommodations.

What type of certifications are held by the specialized activity staff?

Camp SAY is thrilled that Blue Star’s Outdoor Adventure Program staff has completed Wilderness Medical Associations’ (WMA) Wilderness First Responder Course (WFR), and American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard Training; the Horseback Staff has completed Certified Horsemanship Association course (CHA); the Nature Staff is trained in ARC First Aid and CPR; the Rock Climbing Staff has completed WMA Wilderness First Responder course, American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor Course, AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Course, and ARC Lifeguard course, and Ropes Staff has WMA Wilderness First Responder course, Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) High Ropes course, and ARC Lifeguard course; Waterfront Staff has ARC Lifeguard Training and CPR, and ARC Water Safety Instructor Course certification. All of this staff also has EpiPen certification.

Are background checks required for camp counselors?   

Yes! All camp counselors are subjected to a rigorous interview process and are required to pass a comprehensive background check prior to working at Camp SAY. Before opening day, all staff also participates in an intensive orientation process that further reinforces Camp SAY’s values and code of conduct.

What if a child has to be sent home during camp?

If a child violates our behavior policy, they will be sent home and we ensure that this happens in a safe and timely manner. Should this situation occur, travel costs will be at the family’s expense.

What happens if my child becomes ill during camp?

Camp SAY has two nurses in the 24-hour Camp Health Center. Camp SAY is hosted at Blue Star Camps, which is located within ten minutes of specialized health physicians with longstanding relationships. In the unlikely event of an incident, Camp SAY maintains clear and continuous communication with the family.

Sliding Scale Tuition & Travel Program FAQ’s

What is sliding scale tuition?

Sliding-scale tuition is based on the principle that a family’s financial commitment should be proportionate to its financial resources. The same financial information is requested from all families that wish to apply for sliding scale tuition (and travel), if desired. The family worksheet is used to determine each family’s fee for the upcoming summer at Camp SAY.

Why does camp say utilize sliding scale tuition?

Our entire staff and say’s board of trustees are fully committed to making Camp SAY accessible to every child who stutters, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

If I pay in full, am I underwriting sliding scale tuition for a family-in-need?

Absolutely not. To ensure that this process is fair and equitable for every family, families that pay in full are not asked to pay more than their fair share of camp tuition costs. Instead, camp say accesses a large fund to offset and underwrite all tuition reductions provided through our sliding scale tuition program. SAY raises more than $400,000 annually for this purpose, and to date, no child has been turned away due to a family’s inability to pay.

Does sliding scale tuition affect the quality of experience offered at Camp SAY?

No, not at all. Since Camp SAY has a unique opportunity to access generous funding to offset costs for each family paying less than full tuition – camp programs & activities are structured as if each family was paying full tuition. This approach enables camp say to provide a remarkably high-quality experience for all campers attending Camp SAY! At Camp SAY, we create an environment of true equality, eliminating the labels of “full-paying families” and “financial aid families.”

Do I need to fill out a sliding scale tuition family worksheet?

No, filling out the family worksheet is optional, and families choosing to not complete the worksheet will simply pay the camp tuition rate of $3,175 (less any early bird discounts available at the time of enrollment.

If our family fills out the sliding scale family worksheet, how long will it take for Camp SAY to confirm the tuition rate?

The sliding scale tuition rate is typically confirmed within 5-7 business days, and as the start of camp gets closer, the process can take as little as 1-2 business days! (Camp SAY begins the first week in August). Click here to enroll and apply for sliding scale.

What happens when a family wants to fill out a family worksheet for more than one child?

If a family fills out the sliding scale worksheet for multiple children simultaneously, that factor will be taken into consideration during the initial worksheet review process and tuition rate confirmation. We encourage siblings to join us at Camp SAY and if a sibling wishes to attend after an original sliding scale tuition rate has been accepted, the sliding scale worksheet will be reviewed again, to confirm the sliding scale tuition rate for any added children in the same family attending Camp SAY. To date, no child has been turned away due to a family’s inability to pay.

What if my financial situation changes significantly and I discover that I have a financial need that I didn’t have before?

If such changes occur, please just update our camp director Meg Hart to discuss options. Meg can be reached at meg@say.org or 828.393.4244.

What should I do if I receive a sliding scale tuition rate that is still not affordable for me to send my child to Camp SAY?

If a family receives a sliding scale tuition rate that they do not feel is affordable, we welcome them to simply contact our Camp Director, Meg Hart to further discuss tuition. Meg can be reached at: meg@say.org or 828.393.4244. To date, no child has been turned away due to a family’s inability to pay.

If we fill out the family worksheet, will we still be eligible for Camp SAY’s early bird discounts?

Yes, each year, camp say offers two early bird dates, the first offers a 10% tuition discount, and the second offers a 5% discount.  Although the early bird discounts for summer 2017 have expired, early bird discounts will be offered again next year.

Ready to enroll! Click here to begin the enrollment process!

Have more questions? Please contact our Camp Director via email at meg@say.org, call 828.393.4244, or submit an inquiry form.

 

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