Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for these programs:
Confident Voices After-School & Weekend Programs
What are 2016 Camp SAY dates?
August 2nd – 14th
What results can I expect with Camp SAY?
Children and teens leave Camp SAY with so many important benefits such as increased confidence, new friendships, greater independence and feeling better prepared to begin the new school year in a very positive way. That’s the reason that approximately 80% of campers return to Camp SAY the following year.
What activities will be offered at camp?
Camp SAY offers a broad range of sports activities (basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, kickball, and more), arts activities (arts & crafts, singing, dance, acting/improv, creative writing, and more), outdoor/adventure activities (swimming in the lake or pool, horseback riding, rock-climbing, gem mining, hiking, ropes courses, and more!), and speech therapy with a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in stuttering.
Can my child receive speech therapy while at camp?
Yes. Speech therapy, both individual and group therapy, is offered at Camp SAY, at no additional cost. We believe that stuttering should be treated using a comprehensive approach and Camp SAY offers a variety of therapy programs individualized to fit each child’s needs. A certified Speech-Language Pathologist – who specializes in stuttering – provides all therapy sessions. Whether or not your child participates in speech therapy during camp is completely up to you and your child. For more information regarding speech therapy services, visit the Speech Therapy section of our website.
Can my child attend camp for less than two weeks?
Yes. We understand that not all families are ready to have their child attend camp for two full weeks. We also know that summers are a busy time and children start school on different days. We can work with each family’s schedule and preferences to make every camper’s stay amazing. One-week experiences and shortened stays are available upon request, with tuition adjusted accordingly.
What is the tuition for camp?
Camp SAY tuition is $3,175, but discounts for early enrollment and financial aid are available. Tuition includes all meals and activities for your child during their stay. Transportation to Camp SAY is not included in the cost of tuition, however we do provide local private, chartered Motor Coach transportation between the Charlotte Airport and Camp SAY (as outlined in more detail in the next FAQ).
How will my child get to camp?
We work closely with families to make each child’s trip to Camp SAY safe and as enjoyable as possible. For the New York tri-state (NY, NJ & CT) and surrounding areas, we schedule one or more chaperoned flights from NYC to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Children taking individual flights are welcomed at the airport upon arrival. Our staff helps navigate baggage claim (and check-in for return flights) and campers climb on a private, chartered Motor Coach for the fun trip to Camp SAY.
How do the chaperoned group flights work?
A group of Camp SAY counselors will meet you and your child at a NYC Airport. Campers and counselors will fly direct from NYC to North Carolina (typically less than a two-hour flight). Campers and counselors then board a private, chartered Motor Coach that will take them directly to Camp SAY.
What if I live in another part of the country?
Our campers come from all across the country and even abroad. For campers outside of the New York tri-state area, or those not on a NYC group flight, we provide these options: You may drop your child off directly at Camp SAY in Hendersonville, North Carolina, or a Camp counselor will meet your child at a pre-arranged North Carolina airport and travel with them directly to camp.
Are travel expenses covered in Camp SAY’s tuition?
Travel expenses are not covered in Camp SAY’s tuition (excluding local arrival day/departure day chartered Motor Coach travel between the NC airport and Camp SAY as outlined above). However, Camp SAY offers need-based financial aid to help offset travel to Camp SAY (which requires a separate financial aid application).
When is Visiting Day and what happens on Visiting Day?
Visiting Day is typically the final Saturday of camp (more specific details are provided closer to camp). Visiting Day is when we invite parents, family members, and friends to come spend an amazing day at Camp SAY. Visitors receive a tour of the camp (and maybe even join some activities), participate in a great Q&A session with a camp director and a Speech-Language Pathologist, enjoy a special lunch with campers, and watch campers participate in an inspiring presentation where they share something original that they’ve created (e.g. a short speech, play, song, dance, and more). Each child can choose to participate or not in this final presentation. It’s a true day of celebration and empowerment!
I heard that at the end of camp parents may attend a special performance.
Yes. The children at Camp SAY host a special presentation on Visiting Day, which is open to family and friends.
Can we arrange for grandparents or other family members / friends to visit our child during camp at any other time besides Visiting Day?
Children can only receive visitors on Camp SAY Visiting Day. Campers enjoy a very active and individualized schedule and receiving visitors at any other time tends to interrupt the camp experience. Additionally other campers find it difficult when one camper has a visitor and they do not, so to be sensitive to the needs of all of our campers, we ask for your compliance with this important policy.
Can I speak to my child over the phone while they are at camp?
Yes. However, for the same reasons outlined above, phone calls tend to disrupt the camp experience. Parents and guardians are welcome to call the Camp SAY cell phone if they have any questions or concerns while their child is at camp, and if a parent wants to speak with their child, that is certainly not a problem. Campers are not allowed to use cell phones during their stay at camp.
Can I send emails to my child during their stay at camp?
Yes. Enrolled families will receive information about how to send emails to their campers at a specialized email address so campers can receive email in printed form. Campers do not have access to computers or personal email accounts while at camp.
Can I expect to receive mail from my child when he or she is at camp?
Yes. We encourage all campers to write home during their time at camp, and include at least two letter-writing days during our 14-day session.
Can I email the Camp SAY administration during my child’s stay at camp?
Yes, parents can communicate directly with the main office via email by sending an email to info@SAY.org, or to one of the camp directors.
Can I send a package to my child when they are at camp?
Unfortunately, campers cannot receive packages while they are at camp. Please be sure to send your child to camp with all of the items they will need for their stay. If you need help deciding what to pack, please refer to our packing checklist that will be provided upon enrollment.
Does my child need any special items or equipment at camp?
Camp SAY provides a packing list for you to refer to when preparing your child for camp. Remember, your child will be doing a lot of walking around at camp, so supportive sneakers, or hiking boots are highly recommended.
What about sending electronics and other valuables with my child to camp?
Camp SAY cannot be responsible for electronics or valuables that are sent to camp. We allow iPods and other MP3 or CD players to be used inside the cabin, but we recommend against sending video games or other similar devices to camp. All cell phones will be kept in the Main Office and will not be available to your child during their camp stay.
Why did we choose Blue Star over other camps?
Blue Star Camps (www.bluestarcamps.com) has been a leader in the camp industry for over 50 years and we are thrilled to partner with them for Camp SAY. Blue Star is located on a private 500-acre estate located in Hendersonville, NC. Nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Blue Star’s specially designed campus, as well as the surrounding area, is a catalyst for discovery and adventure. Blue Star offers 2 beautiful lakes (complete with zip-line, water slides, kayaking, and more), mountaintop views, a large heated swimming pool, an impressive performance/sports complex, an animal center, equestrian center, and so much more. Blue Star Camps is located just 1/2 hour away from Asheville, North Carolina. Blue Star facilities are astonishing and state-of-the-art.
What’s the food like at Camp SAY?
The food at Camp SAY is delicious and receives rave reviews from campers! Our choice-based menu is developed by the talented culinary team at Blue Star Camps, and in addition to the great menu items offered during each meal, campers enjoy a large salad bar (including locally sourced produce) or pasta bar at lunch and dinner time too. Desert and fresh fruit complete these meals. The menu provided at camp is nutritious and balanced, while also being very kid-friendly. During the day, campers also receive added snacks and beverages.
Can you accommodate my child’s special diet needs?
Yes, Camp SAY can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and lactose-intolerant diets. If your child requires other menu considerations, please just let us know, so we can make accommodations.
What type of certifications are held by the specialized activity staff?
Camp SAY is thrilled that Blue Star’s Outdoor Adventure Program staff has completed Wilderness Medical Associations’ (WMA) Wilderness First Responder Course (WFR), and American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard Training; the Horseback Staff has completed Certified Horsemanship Association course (CHA); the Nature Staff is trained in ARC First Aid and CPR; the Rock Climbing Staff has completed WMA Wilderness First Responder course, American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor Course, AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Course, and ARC Lifeguard course, and Ropes Staff has WMA Wilderness First Responder course, Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) High Ropes course, and ARC Lifeguard course; Waterfront Staff has ARC Lifeguard Training and CPR, and ARC Water Safety Instructor Course certification. All of this staff also has EpiPen certification.
What if a child has to be sent home during camp?
If a child violates our behavior policy, they will be sent home and we ensure that this happens in a safe and timely manner. Should this situation occur, travel costs will be at the family’s expense.
What happens if my child becomes ill during camp?
Camp SAY has two 24-hour resident nurses in the camp infirmary. Camp SAY is hosted at Blue Star Camps, which is located within ten minutes of specialized health physicians with longstanding relationships. In the unlikely event of an incident, Camp SAY maintains clear and continuous communication with the family.
Added questions? Please submit an inquiry or contact our Camp Director Meg@SAY.org.
What benefits can I expect from SAY’s Speech Therapy program?
Although the benefits that each child receives are largely determined by their individual therapy goals, children and teens can expect to enjoy enhanced confidence, greater independence, increased school participation and very importantly – the ability to most effectively advocate for themselves. Children and teens that participate in group therapy sessions also develop important new friendships.
What Is SAY’s speech therapy philosophy?
SAY uses a comprehensive approach that incorporates physical strategies to make talking easier, as well as education, fear reduction, counseling and parent/family involvement.
What are the goals of therapy?
SAY believes that children benefit from a fully customized approach to speech therapy. During an initial consultation, our speech-language pathologist – who has extensive experience working with children who stutter – creates specific therapy goals with each child and their parents. Many families come into therapy with the goal of 100% fluency. While this can be difficult for some to achieve, by examining current stuttering behaviors, the stuttering frequency can be reduced and associated struggles can be eliminated.
SAY’s speech therapy helps each child develop healthy attitudes and feelings about speaking, reduces situational and word fears, enhances a child’s ability to communicate and increases their knowledge about stuttering. While each child grows in unique ways during therapy, SAY helps young people who stutter discover that stuttering doesn’t have to define them or hold them back from being effective communicators.
My child has received speech therapy in school. Will this be any different?
SAY’s speech therapy is a little different than other therapy options because SAY specializes in stuttering. Speech-language pathologists are trained in a vast number of disorders. However, many speech therapists have limited experience working with children who stutter due to the fairly low incidence of stuttering in general. To ensure that your child is receiving the best treatment, we recommend finding a speech-language pathologist who specializes in the affective, behavioral and cognitive areas of stuttering.
Who will be providing the therapy?
At SAY, the head of our Speech Therapy program, Ryan Millager, MS CCC-SLP, Speech-Language-Pathologist, works exclusively with young people who stutter.
Ryan Millager heads SAY’s Speech Therapy program. Ryan previously worked as inpatient clinician at Massachusetts General Hospital and received graduate clinical experience in the Vanderbilt Hospital Network and The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Ryan obtained an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he completed a Master’s thesis and research in stuttering. Ryan received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Where are the sessions located?
Group and individual sessions are held at the SAY main office in New York City (Times Square area) at 55 West 39th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018.
Teletherapy sessions are also available for those who reside outside the New York area.
How long is each session?
Individual session times vary depending on age. Pre-schoolers are typically seen for 30 minutes. School-age children and teens are typically seen for 45-50 minutes. Group sessions meet for 60 minutes.
Speech therapy can get expensive. Do you have financial aid?
SAY is committed to providing the highest level of speech therapy at an affordable price. SAY wants to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive speech therapy by a stuttering specialist, regardless of financial status, so we offer need-based financial aid.
Do you accept health insurance?
SAY does not accept health insurance, but we do encourage parents to submit a therapy invoice to their insurance provider. Some companies will reimburse treatment costs, depending on the plan’s coverage. Click here for Important Insurance Guidelines: Guide for Obtaining Reimbursement for Stuttering Treatment. SAY also offers need-based financial aid.
For more information or if you have added questions? Please submit an inquiry or contact Ryan Millager at Ryan@SAY.org, who will answer any questions you may have and schedule a consultation, if desired.
What benefits can I expect my child to receive from SAY’s Confident Voices After-School & Weekend program?
Children and teens receive so many important benefits from our After-School & Weekend program, including enhanced confidence, new friendships, greater independence, increased school participation and very importantly, young people learn how to most effectively advocate for themselves!
Is there a fee to enroll in SAY’s Confident Voices After-School & Weekend Program?
Yes. Each of our After-School & Weekend programs has a tuition fee.
We offer need-based financial aid and flexible payment schedules. SAY has never turned away a family for financial reasons.
My child is not interested in performing. Do they have to participate in the final presentation?
Each child or teen decides the level at which they wish to participate in all aspects of our programming. Some children want to appear on center stage, while others may opt for an important behind-the-scenes role – with each choice being meaningful and empowering.
Do many children return to the Confident Voices program?
The benefits that children and teens receive from our Confident Voices After-School & Weekend program are so profound that 80% choose to enroll for another season. Many children remain in the SAY After-School & Weekend program until they turn 18, and then continue to be a part of the SAY “family” as program mentors.
What types of resources are provided for the parents of Confident Voices After-School & Weekend program participants?
When your child joins the After-School & Weekend program you will be welcomed into a dynamic community of parents. We offer a monthly parent education series designed to forge strong relationships among families so you may access and share information about a broad range of topics. Our parent community is a powerful support system and a safe place for families to learn more about stuttering and how best to support their children.
How do I learn about Confident Voices program dates & tuition?
Click here for date and tuition information on our upcoming Confident Voice program sessions.
How do I enroll my child in the Confident Voices After-School & Weekend program?
You can begin the enrollment process online by clicking here. Please bear in mind that you are under no financial obligation until a member of our programming team confirms your enrollment. If you have questions about enrollment please contact Meg Hart at Meg@SAY.org, or by phone at: 828.393.4244.
What are the ages of children in the Confident Voices After-School & Weekend Program?
SAY’s After-School & Weekend program welcomes young people ages 8-18 and children are teamed-up with peers in their own age group. Programs also incorporate an important mentoring component with teens working with younger children to help them build confidence and communication skills. For added details about each program and location, please contact Meg Hart at Meg@SAY.org, or by phone at: 828.393.4244.
Can SAY present at my child’s school for students and/or teachers?
Absolutely. SAY is committed to educating schools and communities about stuttering and we offer a variety of options tailored for each type of audience.
Added questions or want more information? Please submit an inquiry or contact Meg@SAY.org.