Altitude Summer

Altitude

Altitude provides year-round camping experiences for participants entering 6th through 12th grade with social cognitive challenges including: verbal and nonverbal learning disabilities, ADHD, Asperger’s, and high functioning autism. We build social skills, independence, and self-confidence to prepare our participants for the transition to young adulthood, future relationships, and the rest of their lives.

Registration FAQs

Detailed descriptions, themes, rates, and registration are now available. Please click here for the 2022 Summer Catalog to choose your sessions, then click the Register Now button below.

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Registration Information FAQs

HOW DO I REGISTER MY CAMPER?
The most efficient way to register your camper is online in our brand new registration system, CampDoc. You can access this registration system on this page where the link to CampDoc will be available on Tuesday, April 5th at 8:00 AM.
WHEN CAN I REGISTER MY CAMPER?
Registration for Summer 2022 Programs at Via West Campus will open at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, April 5th. Registration will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.
WHAT WEB BROWSER SHOULD I USE WHEN ACCESSING CAMPDOC?
CampDoc supports all current and three previous releases each of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. To get the best experience while using CampDoc, it is recommended that you update your browser to the latest version available.
WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO REGISTER ONLINE?
If you are absolutely unable to utilize the online registration system, you can request a paper registration form from Kim Nguyen and submit it via email or US mail. Paper registrations will be prioritized based on the date/time received.
IS A DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR CAMP?
Yes. A deposit of $145 per camper/per session is required to complete registration. If using Regional Center Funding, the deposit will be applied to your Supplemental Daily Rate fees.
HOW DO I PAY CAMP FEES?
Camp fees can be paid in CampDoc, which accepts all major credit cards. Deposits must be made by credit card in CampDoc. Subsequent payments may be made by credit card in CampDoc or by mailing a check to:
Via Services, Inc.
2851 Park Ave
Santa Clara CA 95050.
HOW DO I USE REGIONAL CENTER FUNDING TO PAY CAMP FEES?
A minimum of 8 hours of Regional Center respite funding per day is necessary to register with these funds. If your camper does not meet this minimum, you will be charged the private pay rate. In order for your camper to be considered paid in full via Regional Center funding, the following items are required:
1. An Authorization to Purchase Services to be sent to the Via office before the start date of the session (Regional Centers are unable to authorize payment for services after the start date of the service.)
2. The full payment of the private pay portion or the supplemental daily rate. If payment is not received from the regional center as authorized, you will be responsible for the remainder of the payment due at the private pay rate
DO I NEED TO CREATE A PROFILE FOR MY CAMPER?
Yes. Upon registering your camper(s) for the first time in CampDoc, you will need to create a unique profile for your camper(s). After the initial creation, you will only need to update information as it changes, and verify its accuracy each time you register for a new program.
HOW MANY SESSIONS CAN I REGISTER MY CAMPER FOR THIS SUMMER?
There is no limit to how many eligible sessions you can register your camper(s) to attend. Registration will occur on a first-come, first-served basis. Via West Campus, however, is
limited on the number of camper spaces available, which varies by session.
WHAT IF A SESSION I WANT TO REGISTER FOR IS ALREADY FULL?
If you try to register for a session that has already reached capacity, you will be placed on the waitlist and notified as such.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY FOR THIS SUMMER?
For 2022 Summer Programs, a camper may cancel up until the start of check-in for their session without penalty. Advance notice of cancellation is encouraged, so that campers on the waitlist may be notified to attend.
WHEN DOES REGISTRATION CLOSE?
The last day to register your camper for Summer 2022 is May 25th. However, spaces fill up fast and camp may be full before then.
WHEN WILL REGISTRATION OPEN FOR FALL/WINTER/SPRING PROGRAMS?
The 2022-2023 program schedule will be available later this summer, with the anticipation of registration opening in mid-late July.

Covid-19 Policies and Protocols

Via West Campus Covid-19 Risk Reduction Procedures for Programs – Updated April 1, 2022

As the pandemic changes, these policies will be updated to reflect best practices or mandates from Federal/State/local authorities, or recommendations from the ACA (American Camp Association)

  • All employees and campers are required to be fully vaccinated in order to attend. Additionally, starting on February 1st, all employees are required to have received a booster shot, per guidelines from the Department of Social Services. 
  • All staff members are required wear a disposable mask (surgical mask, KN-95, or N-95) while indoors, except during meal times, when sleeping, and in outdoor spaces. 
  • We are requiring all campers that can, to wear a disposable mask (surgical mask, KN-95, or N-95). Please, no cloth masks. Via West can provide masks to both campers and staff as necessary
  • Staff and campers presenting with Covid-19 symptoms will not be able to stay.
  • Upon arrival, both staff and campers are required to take a rapid/antigen test.  A negative test is required in order to remain on Via West Campus.
  • Via West has suspended offsite activities that require transportation (prolonged close contact is unavoidable during transportation).
  • Via West requires campers and their families to indicate their understanding of Covid-19 risks.

Current symptoms that prohibit participation in Via West Campus programs for both staff  and campers:

  • Positive Covid-19 test within the past five-days.
  • Fever-greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Sore throat.
  • Persistent cough that cannot be attributed to other causes such as asthma/allergies.
  • Loss of taste or smell.
  • Vomiting for non-behavioral reasons.

Current symptoms that prohibit participation in Via West Campus programs for both staff  & campers when 2 or more symptoms are present:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing

Additional requirements:

  • We are requiring that all campers take a rapid test upon arrival at Via West. Negative tests will be required for your camper to remain at camp.
  • Please keep your camper home if they are experiencing any Covid-19 or flu symptoms.
  • We are requesting campers use either disposable surgical masks, KN95 or N95 masks (we will have extra KN95 and surgical masks on site if needed).
  • We ask that you, and especially your camper, practice as much physical distancing and mask-wearing as possible during the coming days in preparation for their stay at camp. 
  • While on campus, staff will continue to monitor for signs or symptoms of Covid-19. 

Other steps taken to decrease risk:

  • Increased cleaning frequency.
  • Increased space between campers in the cabins.
  • Encouraging people to maintain distance.
  • Encouraging frequent hand washing.
  • Camp capacity has significantly been limited.
  • Waived all cancellation fees during the pandemic.

Please be aware, although we are taking steps to limit the risk of contracting Covid- 19 on Via West Campus, participating in group activities, such as camp, still poses a real risk of contracting Covid-19. 

Sleepaway Program

Altitude’s Sleepaway program is designed for campers entering 6th through 12th grade.

Some of our Sleepaway participants are at the stage where their foundational social skills are still emerging, while others may have already mastered many of the skills described. Frequently, we have participants with an uneven profile who have mastered some of these skills, yet have more difficulty with others. Often, our campers benefit from support to help them generalize what they have learned to new settings, activities, people, and situations.

Given our comprehensive intake process, we are privileged to have the opportunity to learn in depth about each of our participants, which allows us to take into consideration their level of skill development and assist each child to grow and build upon those skills that they have mastered. In general, the goal is for our participants to start off receiving the level of support that they require and over time – whether that is during a single summer or over a number of years – to gradually pull back that level of support from direct prompts and cues, to modeling and intermittent reminders, eventually eliminating it altogether.

Sleepaway participants focus on the advancement of skills in the areas of socialization, executive functioning, coping, and independent living.

Social Skills addressed at this level include:

  • Fine-tuning of conversational skills
  • Developing and maintaining reciprocal friendships
  • Identifying behaviors that are exhibited by a true friend
  • Recognizing nonverbal cues, sarcasm, and idioms
  • Learning to understand others’ perspectives
  • Working collaboratively as a team or within a group
  • Social problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Increasing self awareness
  • For our older campers – should the issue surface at camp – assisting with the navigation of romantic thoughts and interests that often emerge during this developmental phase
  • Self advocacy and polite assertiveness with peers and adults

At this stage we focus on the development and application of more advanced executive functioning and coping skills, such as:

  • Following more complex directions or game rules
  • Organization of belongings
  • Planning individually and as a group to meet particular goals, by learning to consider the steps necessary to achieve the goal
  • Time and schedule management
  • Increasing flexibility and learning to adjust expectations in various situations, including those that involve peers
  • Further development of appropriate expression and regulation of positive and negative feelings
  • Continued development of coping strategies that can be utilized in any situation

Our Sleepaway program also provides our participants with a wonderful opportunity to practice being away from home, family, and school in a supportive and caring environment. Learning to live in a group setting is empowering and helps to prepare our campers for their potential transition to college and adult living.

Independent living skills that are addressed include:

  • Following daily self care routines
  • Keeping a clean and neat living area
  • Making healthy choices during meals and rest times
  • Budgeting
  • Self advocacy

Our aim is for all of our participants to increase their level of responsibility and independence over their time at Altitude. This is best exemplified by the encouragement and mentoring that we provide to our most advanced participants by allowing them to take on leadership roles that involve assisting our staff according to their strengths and interests.

PLEASE NOTE: Via West Campus is a peanut/tree nut free campus. Products containing nuts or that are prepared with nut products are not used or stored in our facilities. For the safety of our guests, campers, staff, and visitors with nut allergies, please take care to ensure that any food you bring on campus is nut free.

The Program

  • Kids and teens sessions for those entering 6th through 12th grade.
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1.
  • Check-in is from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM on the first day, and check-out is from 1:00-3:00 PM on the last day.

Pricing & Enrollment

  • Click here for 2022 rates. Pricing for all sessions includes nursing, education, 3 meals a day, snacks, and all scheduled program activities. Each session lists the private pay rate for each ratio as well as the SDR (supplemental daily rate). The SDR is a mandatory rate, paid in full by the parent/caregiver in addition to what is funded by the regional center. Due to the skyrocketing costs of labor, utilities, food, and supplies, we must increase the SDR to $145/day this year. If this presents a financial challenge to families, please take advantage our financial assistance program.
  • Click below to inquire online or call Kirsten Jensen 408-243-7861, ext. 218 to inquire over the phone.

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Day Program

Participants in this session will engage in the same activities as the Sleepaway session while building important life skills in a naturalistic setting. These skills include practicing and developing social skills as well as executive function skills and coping strategies.

PLEASE NOTE: Via West Campus is a peanut/tree nut free campus. Products containing nuts or that are prepared with nut products are not used or stored in our facilities. For the safety of our guests, campers, staff, and visitors with nut allergies, please take care to ensure that any food you bring on campus is nut free.

The Program

  • Kids and teens sessions for those entering 6th through 12th grade.
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1.
  • Day program runs from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM each day.

Pricing & Enrollment

  • Click here for 2022 rates. Pricing for all sessions includes nursing, education, 3 meals a day, snacks, and all scheduled program activities. Each session lists the private pay rate for each ratio as well as the SDR (supplemental daily rate). The SDR is a mandatory rate, paid in full by the parent/caregiver in addition to what is funded by the regional center. Due to the skyrocketing costs of labor, utilities, food, and supplies, we must increase the SDR to $145/day this year. If this presents a financial challenge to families, please take advantage our financial assistance program.
  • Click below to inquire online or call Kirsten Jensen 408-243-7861, ext. 218 to inquire over the phone.

Inquire
Register Now