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During the winter and summer months, ForeverU offers unforgettable in-person camp experiences called "Camp Apex." These four-night, five-day camps allow students to experience a mindful reset and receive the opportunity to build upon the roadmap they have created throughout their program journey at ForeverU. These camps consist of an intimate guest speaker series, inspiring group discussions, interactive workshops focused on purpose and passion, and plenty of other inclusive activities that teach students how to be brave on their mental health journey.

To enforce student and staff safety, we have trained on-site program staff, nurses, and licensed mental health professionals to assist with the camp experience. Students may also participate in our camps as a day-time camper or an overnight camper, depending on their comfort level.

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This overnight camp experience starts Monday at 10am and concludes on Friday at 2:30pm.

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The location for our next camp is undetermined due to COVID-19 restrictions at our normal host sites.

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Registration includes admission to all sessions, workshops, program materials, housing, and a meal plan for the week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the camp cost anything to participate?

Camp Apex does have a tuition fee for each camp. However, ForeverU does offer financial aid and scholarships to low income families who cannot afford to attend a camp experience.

Is staying overnight required to participate in the camp?

No. Students are able to enroll as a day-time camper during the registration process.

What is the housing and bathroom format like?

Overnight students stay in housing that is gender-specific and is overseen by the camp staff that we have on-site. For students who identify as something other than male or female, we will work with the student and their parents/guardians to make accommodations that ensure they feel safe and comfortable during their overnight camp experience.

Do you accommodate student dietary restrictions?

All dietary restrictions must be submitted during the registration process and are then shared by the lodging facility hosting the camp.
 

What if my child is going to camp alone, how do I know they'll feel connected?

Most students who participate in our camps attend alone, so our camps become life-changing experiences for students in attendance. By the end of the week, they will have an entire community of people rallying behind them. Our camp staff and volunteers are also heavily trained on cultivating a camp culture built on inclusion and compassion.

Do you have a certified nurse or licensed counselor on-site?

Yes.​ We have a certified nurse who stays with us the entire week. We also have licensed counselors who are available during the day for students in need of professional intervention.

What are the requirements for camp mentors?

​Mentors must be at least 21 years of age, a certified Mandated Reporter in the state of Illinois, and must have at least an undergraduate degree in a mental health-related field. You can learn more about mentor requirements by clicking here. All mentors must also complete ForeverU's training certification program in partnership with Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital.

Can I communicate with my child while at camp?

Yes. Though we encourage students to leave their phones in their room during workshops, activities, meals, or speaking events, you will be able to communicate with your child.

How do you handle student medication?

Parents/guardians are provided with a medication schedule that is required to be completed before arrival. This med schedule and medication are then provided to the camp nurse at check-in. The camp nurse is responsible for managing and distributing all student medication.

What does camp tuition include?

Each student's tuition includes access to all morning mindfulness workshops, CBT/DBT self-discovery workshops, empowerment sessions with guest speakers, group break-out sessions with mentors, promotional welcome pack and guided materials, complete meal plan and housing/lodging, and communal and inclusive games and activities.

How do you engage parents/guardians with the camp?

On the last day of the camp, parents/guardians are invited to a parental empowerment workshop that concludes with a Q&A session with our mental health panel.