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Does anyone have any experience with the summer sleep away program that is held at Stanford University through John Hopkins CTY program for a 12 year old girl? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. (counseling staff, program structure, supervision) Thanks
Here are some random thoughts from our (friends included) experiences... you'll have to judge on whether it makes a difference to you based on what you are looking for from the experience.
- One of the first things we observed upon arrival is that the attendees are about 85% Asians/Asian descent! Before everyone jumps on me, please note that I am Asian. So I have nothing against Asians. At first I was stunned at the lack of diversity. But I found that the kids were from all around the US and from Asia, so there was a 'different' kind of diversity. My daughter left with friends from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Kansas, etc.
- Her program (The Renaissance) was taught by a energetic and engaging teacher. She truly enjoyed the class sessions and participated in lively debates and discussions about historical events and people. She left the program with a love of reading Shakespeare. This alone was worth it for our family!
- The planned extra-curricular activities were pretty diverse and interesting, but they were not flexible in allowing kids to change after initial selection.
- Some of the Residential Assistances were great but my child had a tough time with others. I expected that part of the summer camp experience to be about meeting and socializing with fellow campers. For the first week, my daughter's RA kept the kids in their rooms (with just their roommate) because they were 'bad'. There was nothing that was ever presented to me that was egregious enough that warranted locking up the girls in their rooms. My daughter's friends had more lenient RAs.
- Some kids went home homesick or sick which took away from the roommate experience. There was little that was done to remedy the situation for the girls who remained which left them in their rooms by themselves.
- Overall it seemed safe and well monitored...too much so according to my daughter
- Per my daughter, the food was boring... hamburgers, spaghetti, salad bar. Not much variety.
All-in-all the camp was a positive learning and social experience (after we changed the evening lock up situation). Enough so for us that my daughter is going back, but neither of her friends are
Hope this sheds a little light on the program. Generally Happy CTY camper parent
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