SuperCamp: Chicka Elloy
Every so often we conduct interviews with camp directors to collect advice for parents looking for unique experiences for their kids. We recently exchanged emails with Chicka Elloy, a director at SuperCamp, an academic camp for middle and high school students with locations at eight universities nationwide. Chicka was a camper when the SuperCamp experience lit the education light inside of him. He returned on staff and has been working for SuperCamp for the last 15 summers.
With so many camps available, how can parents find the right camp for their child? Any specific advice on selecting an academic camp for a teen?
It is a healthy balance between what the parent wants for their child and what the child enjoys. Students get schooling all year and want to play in the summer. Fortunately, the SuperCamp experience is more than just academic; it includes life skills and an outdoor adventure course allowing that healthy balance of work and play.
What questions should a parent ask a camp?
How do they evaluate programming? What is the return rate of graduates? What is follow up to my investment?
Teens have so many choices for how to spend their summers. How can parents help their teen balance extracurricular activities, camps, jobs and that important downtime?
Prioritize and schedule time for real life application. A job teaches great responsibility, the value of earning money and work ethic lessons while dealing with people. Also remember that having non-scheduled time sometimes creates the best memories.
How should parents help kids prepare for camp?
Be open in conversations, look at videos and discuss pros and cons. At SuperCamp, a student that knows what they are walking into is more likely to have 10 days of fun versus three days holding up a guard and seven days of fun.
Tell us what is special about SuperCamp.
The quality of staff is always highly tuned. We spend countless hours testing and teaching our staff how to create a successful, joyous and engaging program.
Is there anything else you would like to add?