Therapeutic Special Needs Camp

“I still remember camp like it was last week. It was one of the many experiences that helped me reach where I am today. I am now a 19 year old entering his senior year. I couldn’t have done it without camp, so thank you. Thanks to the experiences I had in the program, I am fully integrated into the school and am excelling.”    -Camper

Camp Triumph

Camp Triumph is a therapeutic day camp for boys and girls in Massachusetts. The camp program offers a supportive, encouraging environment designed to help children with special needs increase their feelings of self-esteem and improve their social, physical and psychological competence.

History

Camp Triumph opened in 1983 as a summer therapeutic program for children. Our program has been located on the north shore of Boston in the towns of Peabody and later Danvers since 1991. In 2003 we opened a second location in North Reading and in 2006 we opened a third location in Bedford. We look forward to returning for another successful year at the Hood School in North Reading, the Davis School in Bedford, and our original Danvers location at the Holten Richmond Middle School. Campers in Danvers, North Reading and Bedford will have access to exciting indoor activities, outdoor play spaces and swimming in nearby pools.

Philosophy

Camp Triumph was founded on the principle that children grow and thrive with the opportunity to interact with one another in structured play and cooperative activities. The child’s experience is enhanced through relationships with professionally trained counselors who are committed to children and are knowledgeable in techniques for facilitating change. By building rapport based on support and acceptance, the counselor is able to encourage and coach each camper to enhance his or her social development. Children learn to solve problems and develop positive peer relations while having fun and being creative.

Campers

Camp Triumph is a specialized summer day program for boys and girls ages 5 – 15. Some of the Camp Triumph campers have not had a positive camping experience in a regular day camp, but do not require a camp for children with severe psychological, mental, or physical difficulties. While our campers are very diverse, some of them have diagnoses such as ADHD, Executive Functioning Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Pragmatic Language Deficit, and Anxiety Disorder. The group sizes for camp are 11-12 children per group with 3 counselors. The ratio in the groups is 3:1 ratio with a licensed psychologist to supervise staff.

Children who attend Camp Triumph may benefit in the following ways:

  • Acquire self-confidence
  • Increase physical skills and coordination
  • Develop better social skills
  • Learn to channel energy constructively
  • Learn age-appropriate behavior
  • Become more assertive
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Cope better with transitions

Camp Triumph is open to children regardless of sex, race, religion, ethnic background or disability.

Staff

Camp Triumph is directed by Dr. Chris Anderson and supervised by Dr. George Marinakis and Dr. Jeff Colucci who are the Co-Directors of the Triumph Center in Danvers, Reading and Lexington. Staff members include professionals and students with training in clinical and counseling psychology, school psychology, social work, and regular/special education.

Locations

Three Camps in Massachusetts:

  • Camp Triumph in Danvers is located in at the Holten Richmond Middle School in Danvers, 55 Conant Street. This facility includes an air-conditioned indoor activity space, playground area, indoor gym and outdoor athletic fields. The camp will use a nearby swimming pool for recreational swim.
  • Camp Triumph in North Reading is located at the J.T. Hood School, 298 Haverhill Street. This facility includes an indoor gym, air-conditioned indoor activity space, outdoor athletic fields, and a playground area. The camp will use a nearby swimming facility for recreational swim.
  • Camp Triumph in Bedford is located at The Davis Elementary School, 410 Davis Road. This facility includes air conditioned indoor activity space, playground and outdoor athletic fields.

Transportation

It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to arrange transportation. Campers are dropped off starting at 8:50 a.m Monday through Friday. Campers are picked up Monday through Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and at 12:00 p.m. on Friday at their respective sites. Camp Triumph provides transportation to and from Camp sponsored activities.

Special Services

  • Therapeutic group activities
  • Group discussion
  • Teambuilding ropes course for older campers
  • Expressive movement
  • Creative arts therapy
  • Behavioral interventions

Recreational Activities

  • Swimming
  • Arts & crafts
  • Team and recreational sports
  • Outdoor adventure
  • Cooperative/non-competitive games
  • Bus transportation to off site activities

Application Procedure

New Campers:

  1. Contact us for a brochure and application packet or download a camp application.
  2. Send in a completed camper information form and a $95 check (interview fee) payable to: Triumph Center, no later than May 1, 2014 in order to set up an interview. The purpose of the interview is to ascertain individual needs and assist in determining the most appropriate group placement.
  3. All new campers must be interviewed prior to acceptance to the program. Interviews can occur in Danvers, Reading or Lexington. (Interviews for returning campers are not necessary.)
  4. Following the interview, a signed application form must be submitted.

Returning Campers:

Welcome back, please submit a signed application form to us no later than May 1, 2014.

Acceptance Procedure

Once the application has been reviewed, written notification of the decision will be sent within two weeks. Campers are considered for placement on a first come, first serve basis. Further, in order to attend camp, once accepted, you must:

  1. Pay a $1,000.00 deposit within one week of acceptance letter.
  2. Submit completed health, immunization, and camper information forms.
  3. Pay balance due by June 1st to secure child’s spot in camp.

Fees

$1,700.00 for a three week period; $1,250.00 for a two week period; $625.00 per week for individual weeks and $4,650.00 for the Full 8 week season.For any child who has not participated in the group program or Camp Triumph last year, there is also a non-refundable $95 interview fee. Please contact our office for School Fees/Prices.

The start date may be delayed because of make up snow day schedules in Danvers, North Reading and Bedford.

A bill for the balance due (registration fee and balance of tuition) will be sent to you with payment in full required by June 1st. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

In cases of financial hardship, at the administrators’ discretion, it may be possible to negotiate a payment plan.

Dates and Times

2014 Schedule
Period I June 23 – July 11*
Period II July 14 – August 1
Period III August 4 – August 15 **
Full Season June 23 – August 15

*Danvers Camp will begin on June 30th

** Indicates a 2 week period

We will be closed July 4th.

For the sake of group continuity, a camper must be enrolled for a minimum of one of the periods above. Additional weeks in other periods may be possible if space is available.

Camp hours:

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. to noon on Fridays

For More Information

To call, write or email, contact us.

Directions to Camp Triumph

In Danvers, click here

In North Reading, click here

In Bedford, click here