Camp Dunnabeck was founded in 1955 by The Kildonan School co-founder, Diana Hanbury King. It is the oldest residential academic summer camp for students with average to above-average intelligence diagnosed with dyslexia and language-based learning differences. The camp is held on The Kildonan School campus, running for 6-weeks every summer from late June through the first week in August. The camp is co-ed for children ages 8-16, with boarding or day options available.
The Dunnabeck program provides an important balance of dedicated language remediation with outstanding recreational activities. Each camper is matched with an Orton-Gillingham trained tutor for 1:1 one hour sessions of language training every day. Each camper will also complete tutoring-based assignments in study hall during the day, the length of which is based on the camper's age. When campers are not engaged in tutoring and study hall, they have a wide choice of fun activities and weekend excursions to participate in.
Parents also have the option of adding on other academic supports such as Math tutoring and a Cogmed Working Memory Training program.
Typically when campers return to their school in the fall, they are rested, relaxed and ready for success. Many campers will become Kildonan students after experiencing success at camp.