The Oaks Psychological Group
Adventure Programs

Summer Day Camp - Adventure Programs

Camps will be held in July

Campers can come for 4 or 8 Days of Camp
Coming for 8 days is preferred.
July 14th-17th - for ages: 8-16

July 21st-24th - ages: 8-16

Participants are welcome to come for one week or two.

For further information:  Please contact Dr. Stephen Ball at 818-597-9333x

Camp Description

The camp was created to provide an opportunity for campers to be in a fun and adventurous environment that would promote social skills development and self-confidence.  In addition, the campers will receive consistent feedback and support from Dr. Ball to help allow for the campers to work on their skills in real time.  These important elements will be used to help campers build positive relationships with their peers while participating in outdoor activities that promote rapport and confidence.

Therapeutic Objectives of Camp

Build self-esteem and empathy toward peers

Improve confidence around peers

Expand participants' ability to accurately perceive their social environment

Enhance long-term friend-making skills

Increase interest in outdoor activities

Please see further information about the camp below including the "Parents Guide."

Introduction to Adventure Programming

Parent Guide
This following description introduces all the details of the camps philosophy and premise.

This camp is a unique opportunity for your children to participate in a group day camp that provides individualized real-time therapy to children who are struggling with social skills, and self-esteem related issues.  The intention of this program is to provide a safe nurturing environment that will promote a child’s ability to accurately assess their social surroundings and learn how adapt to their peers when at play, problem solving and working together.  In addition, it is expected that the participants will be challenged socially throughout the week  in various activities and will promote flexibility, communication, and cooperation with their peers.

Dr. Stephen Ball is involved in all aspects of the camp and as a result they will:

  • Promote a positive nurturing atmosphere to create trust and openness between campers.
  • We will encourage participation from everyone at all times.
  • When discussing the groups’ experiences, we will focus the group on setting goals beyond the scope of the initiative games activities.
  • We will build morale and camaraderie within the group.
  • We will stress the idea that everyone has different strengths and abilities to offer the group and that none are better than any other. 
  • We will promote a positive encouraging atmosphere. It is believed that the more comfortable the group members are with one another the growth they can have and the more fun they will have.
  • Most of all we will, allow the group to have fun!  As long as the group is being positive and respectful, we want them to joke, laugh, and play.
The use of initiative games and activities 
Throughout the camp there will be extensive use of initiative games as a live action teaching tool.  The initiative games will also be used to improve teamwork skills, break down barriers and stereotypes, improve the confidence of participants, and provide a physical or mental challenge.
The ultimate goal: to have participants feel good about themselves and have the skills and confidence needed to work well with others.  This is a lofty goal and cannot be completely accomplished in one week.  However, the group should be thoroughly introduced to these ideas and will have several experiences which can enhance confidence in these areas. If a participant learns to work well within their group, they will be able to apply what they learned to situations in their home, school, and personal lives.


Safety will always be of the utmost priorities during the camp throughout all activities. The activities selected for the camp will be chosen by their appropriateness to the group.  The idea of challenge by choice will be an important concept that will be to conveyed to the campers.  It will be clear to the students that physical participation in each activity is optional.  In other words, no one will be forced to participate in an activity, especially if it is beyond his comfort level.  This will be stated clearly at the beginning of each activity and all wishes not to participate be respected.  Despite this all campers not actively participating in the event will be asked to help observe activities and provide feedback to remain active.

 Processing the Experience

Participation in the initiative games activities will form the crux of the experience in camp but, the lessons that the challenges teach may not always be obvious to them. Some groups will want to share their opinions about a particular event, but more often, campers will find it difficult to put their feelings into words. If they do not talk about their experience, or process it, it may be less meaningful and effective.  Encouraging expression will be encouraged all week.  Additionally, trying to discuss feelings and emotions can be very intimidating.  However, processing is an integral part of every challenge.  Occasionally, we will stop and debrief mid-challenge to help the participants’ process information and regroup.The following guidelines will be considered when processing each activity.

Everyone is encouraged to participate.

Respect for everyone is essential.

*Use the idea of "Guide Discovery."  

*(The group will not be told what they learned, rather they will be led to discover on their own what lessons they learned during a challenge or activity. This process will also be utilized to evoke the groups' feelings about each challenge.)

The Core Concepts

Within this program the activities create and environment that challenges the participant to do things that might be out of their comfort zone.  Challenges come in an infinite number of shapes and forms.  All the campers will face challenges and even hardships in their lifetime and we attempt to provide opportunity for the participants to overcome challenges in camp that will ideally transform into a greater sense of autonomy outside of camp.  Achieving goals like success, health, and happiness do not come easy; they must be worked toward and earned. Achieving goals and overcoming challenges requires certain skills and the intent of this camp is to foster these skills.  For some people, these abilities come naturally, for others they must be practiced.  However, we believe that everyone has the ability to improve their skills in facing challenge, and with determination, achieve their goals.  There are four core concepts essential to surmounting nearly any challenge. 

Campers will also be encouraged to share their ideas around:

  1. Problem Solving: The process of using your brain, creativity, logic, and  foresight to succeed at a given task.
  2. Communication: The act of conveying (verbally or non verbally) information to others. Communication
  3. is a two way street. Not only do you need to express your ideas but you must also listen to others as they explain their ideas.
  4. Cooperation: Working together while respecting and utilizing each other's ideas.
  5. Trust: Placing your faith in a person, or a group of people, knowing they are keeping you safe in some manner, whether it is physical or emotional safety.


Summer Day Camp Adventure Programs 
Camps will be held in July

The Oaks Psychological Group

Stephen Ball, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist: Lic. # PSY21155

Dr. Ball is currently in Private Practice working with both Children and Families

For further information please call: 818-597-9333