Camp Overview

For more than 50 years, Englishton Park’s Summer Camp has helped children to improve classroom performance and behavior through an innovative program that focuses on positive reinforcement.  

 

The program was created in 1969 by Dr. Harve Rawson, a psychology professor at Hanover College. Dr. Rawson was especially interested in the psychology of behavior and academic success in children.   

Camp Goals

  1. Improve academic skills
     

  2. Change attitudes toward learning
     

  3. Modify behavior interfering with learning in the classroom
     

  4. Experience success in school-type activities

Each summer, Englishton Park offers three Summer Camp sessions, with each session lasting ten days. Boys who are between the ages of 7 and 12 and girls who are between the ages of 8 and 12 are eligible to participate. For more information on the application process. and criteria for selection, please click here. After a child’s application has been approved, our staff reviews the child’s records and creates an individualized goal-based plan to address the child’s behavioral and academic needs. 

When a child arrives at camp for their ten-day stay, they are assigned to a small group consisting of approximately nine children. Each group of children is supervised by a team of three trained camp counselors (providing a 3:1 camper to counselor ratio). Two program co-directors and a resident director supervise the Summer Camp's operation, and a tutoring supervisor oversees educational instruction.  

Throughout the course of each day, children participate in activities that are paired with various types of learning: competitive learning (for example, during morning classes), individual learning (for example, during one-on-one tutoring sessions), and cooperative learning (for example, through group projects, like building a tree fort).  

At the end of a child’s 10-day session, camp counselors meet with the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) to discuss observations and individualized recommendations so that the child’s improvement can continue at home and in school. Shortly after the end of a child’s session, a written report containing these observations and recommendations is provided to the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s), school, and referral agency.

Camp Staff

  • Program Co-Directors

    • middle school teacher and elementary school counselor

  • Resident Director

    • typically an elementary school educator

  • Tutoring Supervisor

    • typically an elementary school educator​

  • Teacher-Therapists and Tutor-Therapists (camp counselors)

    • typically college-aged education and psychology majors

  • Other Staff

    • Secretary, Food Service Director and Cooks, Nurse, and Maintenance Personnel​