Camp Dunnabeck

Founded in 1955, Camp Dunnabeck is the oldest residential program of its kind. Camp Dunnabeck is an academic summer camp for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences. We accept students of average to above-average intelligence. Camp runs for 6-weeks, from the last week in June through the first week in August, every summer. Our camp is for boys and girls, ages 8 to 16 years old. Boarding is available, as well as day camper options.

The Camp Dunnabeck 6-Week Program

June 29 – August 10, 2019

Camp Dunnabeck is an academic summer camp for boys and girls ages 8 to 16 with dyslexia and language-based learning differences. We accept students of average to above-average intelligence.

The Camp Dunnabeck program balances dedicated language remediation with outstanding recreational activities. We pair every camper with an Orton-Gillingham tutor for a one-to-one, one hour Language Training session every day. Each camper completes tutoring-based assignments in study hall, the length of which varies based on the age of the camper.

When they’re not studying, campers can choose from a wide array of fun activities and weekend excursions which tap into the natural resources of the campus and the region.

When campers return to school in the fall, they discover that they’re rested, relaxed, and ready for success!

  • Camp Dunnabeck was a great experience for my son. You changed his life in 6 weeks! Thank you.

    Father of Nathaniel, Grade 8
  • I have just one word to describe what happened to Will this summer... WOW! He came home a much different kid - what we see now is a kid who is happy, gladly goes to school and comes home and does his homework.

    Father of Will, Grade 5
  • Jenna is so happy with school and I owe that to Dunnabeck. Our plan is to come back again this summer. I commend you on the lives you change.

    Mother of Jenna, Grade 6
  • This is why people should come to Camp Dunnabeck. First, it has a variety of things to do. Best of all, it has great friends, the best teachers, and phenomenal camp directors, all are very loving and kind. Second best thing is the lake, going water skiing and swimming. This is why Camp Dunnabeck is the best.

    Camper, Age 8
  • Camp Dunnabeck is a fantastic place for kids with reading differences to spend the summer. The instruction and dedication of the staff are remarkable. They really take an interest in helping each child obtain the skills they need and are able to instill in them a sense of self worth and a positive attitude toward learning and school.

    Father of Christian, Grade 5
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Philosophy of the Camp

Camp Dunnabeck’s mission is to empower dyslexic students to reach their academic potential and to equip them for future success.  We set out to reach that mission by providing an intensive program that builds skills in reading, writing, and spelling, a structured environment in which each student is encouraged to take responsibility for his or her learning, and a program and community that foster self-esteem.

The academic program is unique in that it revolves around daily one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring for each student.  The tutor is responsible for devising a sequential learning program in language skills in accordance with Dr. Samuel T. Orton’s principles, and with his belief that “….such disorders should respond to specific training if we become sufficiently keen in our diagnosis, and if we prove ourselves clever enough to devise the proper training methods to meet the needs of each particular case.” Tailoring a curriculum to fit the dyslexic student’s unique brain structure can be accomplished with optimum speed and efficiency in a tutorial setting. The tutor is further responsible for inculcating orderly study habits, and the student must accept  the responsibility to work toward becoming an independent learner. Dunnabeck’s academic day centers around multi-sensory teaching.

We believe that learning best occurs in a structured, safe, and caring environment which Dunnabeck provides in both its academic and camp programs. A rural setting, free from distractions, is most effective in providing a program consistent with the needs of the students. Each student’s day is carefully planned to include a variety of experiences designed to diminish anxiety while building confidence. Each student is held accountable for daily independent reading and writing work to reinforce the skills taught during tutoring.

Learning power comes from skill mastery, and study habits improve when students know how to do the work that they are assigned.  Improved self-esteem is an inherent bonus built into that formula. Enhanced self-confidence is achieved through activities, such as the arts, athletics, and community life, which are designed to complement dyslexics’ innate strengths.  Leadership and service opportunities provide additional means for personal and social growth. Students learn to work through periods of frustration and even temporary failure. They become confident, experience greater success, and gain the courage to invest increasing effort in their personal and academic Central to Dunnabeck’s success is a faculty committed to the philosophy of the camp and willing to implement its goals and ideals.  Faculty members respect students as individuals and encourage them to put forth their best efforts. Each camper leaves equipped with the best preparation available for the next stage in his or her academic development.

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Camp Academics

Camp Academics

Camp Activities

Camp Activities

Camp Life

Camp Life

Admissions

Admissions
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Camp Dunnabeck at The Kildonan School | 425 Morse Hill Road | Amenia, New York 12501 | (845) 373-8111