ASK Bilingual Day Camps2020-10-26T14:16:14+01:00

ASK Bilingual Inclusive Day Camp

where Creativity and Learning go hand in hand

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Geneva Camp 2020 – 2021

*Due to the latest Federal COVID guidelines, we have decided to cancel the October Camp

April 5th to 9th 2021

July 5th to 30th 2021

Zurich Camp 2020 – 2021

July 19th to 30th, 2021

Making and playing with friends are two things that children do naturally and are skills that we ordinarily take for granted. Yet for many children with special needs and related learning differences, these two aspects of childhood do not come easily. The effects of specific learning differences may, in fact, preclude children from interacting appropriately with their peers. They are challenged to acquire the “unspoken” rules of social behavior and poor self-esteem, low frustration tolerance and problems with anger and/or aggression are a constant source of concern for parents and teachers.

ASK Bilingual Camp is an inclusive summer program, dedicated to offering a special haven for children and young adults aged 5-24 who have Learning Differences and Special Educational Needs. The fully integrated programme allows children to develop their social skills, creativity and learning through fun games and activities, which are structured according to age and their skill level. Our highly qualified staff include psychologists, experienced specialist teachers, counselors, speech therapists, ABA therapists, art therapist, music therapist and a nurse.

* ASK camp strictly follows Federal COVID guidelines to safeguard the health of the campers, staff, and volunteers. Daily temperature check in the morning and regular handwashing protocols are followed. ASK provides face masks to all the adults and young adults, as well as bottles of hand sanitizers in each classroom.

Our first summer camp experience was fantastic! I felt totally reassured as of the first day; the staff and the volunteers were great, and they did everything to have a smooth first camp experience for our 5 years old daughter, and her 7 years old brother (who literally requested us to drive them to the camp every day, even on the weekend 🙂
They kept very nice memories of the Friendship Group, the art activities, and of course, I should not forget to mention the highlights of the week; the swimming pool and the bowling!
ASK also helped us, parents of two children with autistic spectrum disorder, to slow down for a few days, knowing that our kids are taken care of by a great team! We are extremely grateful! Thank you Joy and the whole ASK-team!

BR & BK

If you still have options for camps this year I really recommend ASK All Special Kids – Geneva / Headquarters camps in Geneva.  These camps differ from all others in that they provide a truly inclusive environment for every type of kid. Whether your kid is able-bodied, disabled, socially or educationally challenged, this camp provides the most amazing and unique opportunity for them to learn how to get on and have fun with other kids whatever their level.  If your kid has a serious disability this camp is also equipped to support them.  I can’t recommend ASK highly enough!

Paula C.

We have found the summer program at ASK very accommodating for children with many varied needs and skills. Most impressively, ASK Camp is able to get all these children to somehow work and play collectively. In a world in which inclusiveness is still a big challenge, we find this approach by ASK not only extremely progressive but also quite unique in Geneva. ASK camp is even able to get Ryan to forget about his favorite iPad for the entire day and get him focused on a structured program from morning to the end!

Andrea and Willie C.

ASK summer camp has been a lifesaver for my family. Indeed, for the first time in nine years, my daughter Victoria felt totally accepted, that she could be herself and would not be expelled if she misbehaved. She was not the trouble maker anymore. At camp, she learned to control her emotions better and to make friends from various backgrounds and special needs. After three weeks of camp, she asked to come back next year. When I asked her what she liked most about camp, she said: “everything!”. As a mother, it was the first time in nine years as well that I did not have to listen to a 20-minute debriefing on my daughter’s behavior every evening when I came to pick her up or received a phone call during the day asking me to come and get her because she had misbehaved. Her special needs were acknowledged, accepted, and the camp coordinator and volunteers worked with her on getting better and celebrated her strengths and talents. Thank you ASK, from the bottom of my heart!

Cecile DA
ASK camps are amazing for all children – they are a special place where everyone is respected and appreciated. Its a safe place. The organizers are amazing and the volunteers outstanding – including Nico Phoenix he he he. Many thanks to Steve and Joy for creating an outstanding camp.
Isabella Phoenix
As the Head Camp Coordinator, I have to say I am biased!!! However, I feel so blessed and grateful to be a part of something that brings so much acceptance, compassion and “joy” to so many!!!
Steve Corbett
ASK has been such an important part in our lives, allowing my son to have a wonderful time in a perfect environment and allowing me as a parent to have time to keep doing my thing when school is out, with peace of mind. The dedication of all the staff involved is amazing.
C.F

Dear ASK Summer Camp Organizers, I am writing to thank you and your excellent team for the fantastic Camp experience that both of my Children had this year. My Son, (12) as a “camper” and my Daughter (15) as a camper/volunteer. It was their best experience so far of a “Summer Camp”. My Son who has anxiety issues, came home happy and laughing each day, eager to go back and get involved, he loved having different “buddies” and was very happy to make new friends. He really wants to go again next year, as a parent is was such a relief to know that both of my Children (for different reasons) were so energized and positive about their experience with you. My Daughter, hopes to be a teacher and she is enjoying her experience so much that she asked to volunteer for an extra week, normally I have difficulty getting her out of bed before 10.00 am when she is on vacation so this action alone speaks volumes for your program ;-).

JM

ASK Bi-lingual Summer Day Camp – come and play

Our unique programme offer:

  • 1:1 camper to staff ratio
  • social skills activities which allow self-discovery and build self-confidence
  • social communication skills development through role play
  • arts exploration and self-expression through different mediums to encourage imagination and creativity
  • sensory play to enhances learning through hands-on activities that stimulate the child’s senses
  • drama and music with a weekly group performance
  • multi-sensory games which encourage team building, group interaction and learn conflict resolution
  • weekly outings to explore nature and local culture
  • using games and activities to make learning fun and improve literacy and numeracy skills for children having difficulties at school

Social Communication Skills

This program teaches children the fundamental social communication skills, using social stories and role play to learn sharing, cooperation, conflict resolution through team building exercises. Improving social communication skills will lead to children learning to understand each other’s differences and to learn self-acceptance, which in turn instill empathy in each child and build life-long self-confidence. The nurturing camp environment encourages the children to have positive peer interactions, which develops self-discovery and a sense of social accomplishment. Multi-sensory tools and different art mediums are used to allow children to unleash their creativity and self-expression to discover a sense of self and to further develop their self-confidence.

Learning and Improving Literacy Skills

Statistics prove that it is imperative that children with learning differences keep reading during the summer months to avoid the so-called ‘summer brain drain’ phenomenon. At ASK summer camp, children will have ‘thematic’ books and activities to share and enjoy. They might read with support, by themselves or read to others as appropriate, but the goal is to make reading and learning fun. They will be encouraged to share ideas about each week’s focus theme, and to strengthen their language and literacy skills through upbeat interactions with their buddies and group mates. There will also be opportunities to produce graphics and written reactions to the themes at their individual level of learning development. Learning activities will be designed to encourage the campers to have fun with the themes and be celebrated/acknowledged for their participation and effort.

By special request for children having learning difficulties at school, we can also offer one to one tutoring in a specific area, such as literacy or numeracy, to allow them to consolidate what they have learned during the school year, and help them feel more confident in the next school year. This offer is limited to staff availability and at an additional cost. Parents must provide school and other reports one month in advance, allowing the tutor time to prepare based on the needs of the child. The one on one tutoring sessions focused on building added confidence for a child based on a sense of better understanding and mastery in a skill area. Please inquire via email if this service is available during the week or weeks you wish to enroll your child in the summer camp. 

Practical Details

Geneva Venue: Institut International de Lancy
Eugène-Lance 24, 1212 Lancy, Switzerland

Camp 2020-2021
April 5th to 9th
July 5th to 30th

Zurich Venue: Minerva School
Scheuchzerstrasse 2, 8006 Zürich

Camp 2020-2021
July 19th to 30th

Price: CHF 995 per week.

Discounts

Membership

Become a member.

What you get:

10% off all ASK programs including Camp, Social Skills classes, Art & Creativity classes. 

CHF 150 for new membership; CHF 100 to renew each subsequent year. 

How much you save:

Just by signing up for 2 weeks of camp, you will already save CHF 49 for the first year and CHF 99 for each subsequent year

Early Bird

(Sign up 45 days in advance)

What you get:

10% off fees if you book before the cutoff date!

Early bird cutoff dates are 45 days before the first day of that camp.

How much you save:

CHF 99 saved for each week of camp!

Sibling discount

(Sign up siblings to camp)

What you get:

10% off camp fees for second and subsequent children

How much you save:

CHF 99 per week of camp for the second and subsequent children.

Referral discount

(Refer a new parent to camp)

What you get:

10% off camp fees for you, if your referral signs on to at least one week of camp

How much you save:

CHF 99 saved for each week of camp!

The deadline for the summer camp registration is the first week of June. Please register bellow or  by contacting us at camps@allspecialkids.org.

Teacher to student ratios are high, averaging 1 teacher to 2 children and for some children, one on one attention is provided. Our highly qualified staff include psychologists, ABA therapists, social worker, experienced specialist teacher, counselor, speech therapist, occupation therapist, music therapist, art teacher, and a registered nurse.

    • ASK Summer Camps run from 9h to 17h, Monday through Friday.
    • Drop off is possible everyday between 8.45am-9.15am. Pick up time is from 4.30-5.00pm. We understand that arriving at the designated pick up time is not always easy, especially with all the major roadworks and traffic in the area, and we would prefer that you are too early than too late.
    • A one hour Camp Orientation Session will be held on Monday morning of every session from 8h30 to 9h30. This will allow you and your child to meet the camp staff and tour the camp venue.
    • Every Friday, there will be a short presentation by the children and we urge you to arrive at camp on time at 16h not to miss your child’s performance.
    • Lunch and 2 snacks are included in the camp fees
    • If your child has any food allergies, we suggest that you provide own food.

Register here!

With Special Thanks to our Camp Sponsors