|SuperCamp Kenya FAQs|
Frequently Asked Questions
SuperCamp is a truly unique experience where students learn skills that will help them succeed in school and in life. With our 30+ years’ experience in 14 countries, we know it’s a big deal for parents to send their kids away to camp. You want to know that this is a quality academic program with credentialed staff, that your son or daughter will be in a safe nurturing environment and that the program caters to their individual needs.
How do you get such phenomenal academic results in such a short time?
At SuperCamp we focus on teaching kids HOW to learn. Our methodology begins with the individual student. We help them understand the science behind how the brain processes information and identify how they learn best. Teaching your child about the qualities of their personal learning style opens the door to their full potential. Once they identify themselves as a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner we then teach them how to effectively take notes, memorize information, and excel on tests by utilizing their preferred learning style as well as enhancing their use of the other styles to maximize their learning. The SuperCamp experience is orchestrated down to the minute to maximize the learning and growth for every student. Throughout SuperCamp, our focus is to empower your child with critical 21st Century Skills (communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, etc.).
How do you motivate my child? I've tried and I can't.
Building confidence can do wonders for a child. At SuperCamp we inspire your son or daughter to develop higher levels of competence by creating what researchers call “success moments.” When adolescents experience these success moments over and over and over again—as they do at SuperCamp—they build up their belief in their ability to achieve, and ultimately increase their self-esteem, confidence, and motivation.
How does SuperCamp differ from tutorial programs?
The most fundamental difference involves the way we help facilitate lasting changes in a student's attitude toward school and motivation. At SuperCamp, students learn lifelong learning skills they can apply to any subject, skills that build competence and confidence and serve as a roadmap to academic success.
What types of children attend SuperCamp?
The mix of children at SuperCamp is similar to a typical classroom setting. Participants have a wide range of personal and social strengths.
What kind of student benefits most from SuperCamp?
Students at all levels of scholastic achievement benefit from SuperCamp. Academically, campers vary from straight-A students to those who are getting poor grades, with the majority somewhere in between. There is also a wide range of motivation and self-esteem levels.
How does SuperCamp help high - achieving students?
Students who were already high achievers when they came to SuperCamp have told us they refined their learning skills and acquired new ones that helped them reduce their study time, they learned communication skills that helped them enhance their relationships with family, peers, and teachers, and learned life skills that helped them with goal setting and problem solving.
Will this program help improve parent/child relationships?
Students learn effective communication tools that can lead to clear and open communication. This can help resolve conflicts with family members and friends. Parents will receive a handbook explaining these communication tools.
What are the long-term results of the program? Based on a survey of 6,000 graduates ages 12–22, five years after SuperCamp:
What are the backgrounds and experience of the SuperCamp staff?
The people we hire are enthusiastic, supportive and committed to positively impacting the lives of our youth.
What are your facilitators' qualifications?
Most facilitators are full-time professional educators and presenters, and many have advanced degrees. They are carefully selected for their qualifications, experience, enthusiasm, love of teaching, and excellent relationships with students. They have a natural ability to engage every student and bring out their personal greatness. Many return to SuperCamp year after year because they enjoy the experience of working in a dynamic accelerated learning program. Facilitators receive 300-plus hours of on-site training in Quantum Learning teaching methods before they direct a SuperCamp program.
How are team leaders selected? How old are they?
Many team leaders attended SuperCamp when they were young. Team leaders must be at least 19 years old and have a high school diploma. Most team leaders are college students who have an interest in education or have experience in and enjoy working with youth.
Is the staff the same at your international sites?
Yes, the facilitators and team leaders at our international sites are among the same dynamic staff we send to our SuperCamp sites in the United States.
What kind of supervision is provided?
The student-to-staff ratio is at least four-to-one. Students are assigned to teams, headed by two team leaders. Among other responsibilities, team leaders supervise and support the students on their team and live in the same residence halls, providing 24-hour guidance.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Staff members stay in the dormitories with the students. Male and female students and staff members are housed in separate areas of the dormitories.
What is the ratio of boys to girls?
It varies from camp to camp and year to year. Generally, we are close to a 50/50 ratio.
What about the age range of students? Are older and younger kids mixed together?
Although SuperCamp sessions include four grade levels, those sharing dorm rooms are generally within one year of each other. Team building plays a major role at SuperCamp and students grow to understand and appreciate the many differences among those on their team as well as in the larger group.
Will my child be safe and secure?
SuperCamp has a track record of over 30 years of success, not only in terms of the results participants achieve, but also as a safe, secure environment. Students remain on campus at all times. On day one, we assign them to teams of 10 to 12 campers with two team leaders. The nature of our team-building exercises guarantees that your child will immediately feel supported by the team leaders and will quickly form close bonds with other campers. This supportive unit allows your child to feel secure while they step out of their comfort zone. In addition, we have a trained wellness person at every program who supports the emotional and physical well-being of all kids at camp.
What if my child gets sick or is injured at SuperCamp?
We have a CPR & First Aid trained staff member at each camp to handle any health issues that may arise. If necessary, a student will be taken to the nearest medical facility with parental consent.
What if my child needs to take medication regularly?
We have a CPR & First Aid trained staff member at each camp session that will keep track of each child requiring medication to ensure it is administered when necessary. Medication information should be provided in the student profile prior to the start of camp.
What if my child is a vegetarian or has special dietary requirements?
Please send us details of your child's special requirements with their registration packet. We will work with the venue cafeteria to accommodate your child’s needs.
Do the campers have activity time and/or free time?
Yes. Every afternoon, SuperCamp students have approximately 90 minutes for supervised "free time" during which they can choose to participate in a variety of activities or sports, or simply enjoy some down time.
My child is in training for a special sports tournament. Will he/she be able to work out regularly?
Throughout the camp period, our schedule is very full and although there are short free-time periods, we cannot guarantee that students will have time for regular personal activities such as training workouts.
What does a typical day look like for the Senior Forum?
Will my child be able to bring a laptop or other electronic devices to Supercamp?
We are able to achieve our results by providing a safe, focused and engaging environment, free of distractions. For this reason, all audio/visual devices such as music players, TVs, stereos, tablets, laptops, etc. should be left at home.
What is the Outdoor Adventure Day or ropes course?
This activity consists of a series of high and low events designed to challenge students both mentally and physically. The events encourage teamwork and leadership as well as individual learning. They help the students overcome self-imposed limitations and fears. It is more than a physical challenge – it is a powerful mental exercise that helps your child break through barriers that may be blocking his/her success.
What if my child does not want to do the ropes course?
We find that most students willingly participate in the ropes course activities. Time is set aside to explain the events that will take place on the ropes course, as well as safety issues. If any student still does not feel comfortable about doing the ropes course, they will still be with their team and participate in the event by encouraging other students.
Does my child need a physical examination?
Yes. To ensure the safety and well-being of all participants and staff, a physical examination within the twenty four months prior to attending camp is required.
What does SuperCamp tuition cover?
Students receive top-quality instruction in a wide range of learning and life skills, all course materials, take-home reference material, training in applying new skills, and a full-day ropes course handled by a leading expert in the field. The tuition also includes dormitory accommodation, all meals, and reliable supervision with a student-to-staff ratio of four to one.
Is SuperCamp accredited?
Yes. SuperCamp is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), a division of AdvancED which is dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide through accreditation, research, and professional services. Quantum Learning Network as well as our SuperCamp teaching methods and curriculum are thoroughly evaluated to achieve accreditation, and standards are checked regularly to maintain the accreditation. The NCA CASI website is www.ncacasi.org.
Can you send me a copy of your curriculum?
The essence of our curriculum is in the experience, not in the written outline of what we cover. The curriculum is only provided to our facilitators so they are able to facilitate the SuperCamp experience to your child.
When can parents observe the program?
Throughout all sessions, parents are able to see what’s going on by viewing daily photos from camp through our secure online camp photo site.
Can parents attend their child's graduation?
Parents are invited to see the power of SuperCamp firsthand by attending the graduation ceremony on the last day of the program. This event is a great opportunity for you to experience the SuperCamp learning environment, ask the staff questions, and celebrate with your child. The graduation program takes place between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon which includes a parent meeting and graduation.
How do I get my child excited about SuperCamp?
Many students are initially reluctant about attending an academic and life skills program, but much of that anxiety is based on the impression that SuperCamp will be "just like school." Once the students arrive on the first day they begin to understand that SuperCamp is nothing like their school experience. It is a dynamic environment filled with activities, music and learning without tests, homework or the competition they experience in school. Students learn how to make study time more efficient and leave more time available for other activities like arts, sports and time with friends and family.