CAMP 24 – Our Creative Arts & Social Skills Summer Day Camp


CAMP 24 is a concept developed by The Center on Central and Program Director Katie Opher that utilizes creative arts therapies in a group setting to practice social skills in fun and realistic situations.

(Read more about how creative arts are beneficial to developing social skills; also read Katie Opher’s article featured in the April 2011 issue of Chester County Intermediate Unit’s KIDS Magazine, on page 30)


Creative arts activities that promote meaningful social interactions

Up to 4 fun-filled weeks of music, art, dance/movement, yoga, pottery and team games led by our creative arts therapists and instructors

Daily social skills lesson with practice assignments and take-home sheets

No prior arts experience needed – we structure the groups for success

Group size will be limited to ensure at most a 6:1 child:staff ratio

The Center on Central is wheelchair-accessible on our ground floor and is air-conditioned

“CAMP 24 was great! I got to learn my social skills in a friendly place. I had popcorn and made new friends. And I learned that music and drumming help me relax!”
a happy camper

Join us for a Summer of Fun!

Parents/Grandparents say:

Camp 24 has been a safe and fun place for my son to learn some necessary social skills. I love the sheet that comes home every day outlining the terms you use to teach the skill so we can practice at home. We have been using “Whole Body Listening” as a much better way of ask our child to pay attention and “thinking with your eyes” is such a wonderful way to ask him to stay focused. We are looking forward to him returning the 2nd week of August as his first 2 weeks were so successful. THANK YOU!

– Parent of a 2nd grader

I have sent my grandson to CAMP 24, and he loves it! His first summer, he was 7 years old and socially immature. CAMP 24 helped him use words to communicate feelings instead of acting out. The improvement in his relationships with children his age and in his behavior was remarkable. I highly recommend the Center on Central for children who are creative, and may have special needs, and for the professional, well-trained staff who support each child to bring out the best in the children.

– Grandparent of a 4th grader

Our son has been happy this summer! You make the social skills lesson real and relate to his real life, but he doesn’t feel like he is in therapy group all morning. He is usually tough to get up in the morning, but coming to Camp 24 has not been a struggle at all – he’s ready to go and be with the new friends he has made. This age is a difficult one for any kid, but with your help, my son is feeling confident and ready to tackle 7th grade with some very useful tools, thanks to your lessons at Camp 24. We will be back next year!!

– Parent of a 7th grader

A school official says:

We’ve had such a positive experience with the students we have sent to CAMP 24. I am encouraging my teachers to consider your program this year for additional students. You were so attentive and flexible on student needs – it has been a great experience for everyone!

– A local school special education supervisor

IN 2018, CAMP 24 MEETS 4 SEPARATE WEEKS WITH THE FOLLOWING THEMES (Kindergarten-4th grade and 5th grade and up meet in separate groups and spaces, Mondays-Thursdays 8:30am-11:30am):

June 18-21 “Being in a Group”

• “Reading” the group
• Joining the group
• Thinking about others
• Communicating clearly in a group

August 6-9 “Stress Management Toolbox”

• What is stress?
• Put your “oxygen” mask on first (what do YOU need)
• Relaxation techniques
• Personal stress management plans

August 13-16 “Grit and Perseverance”

• What does it mean to persevere?
• When do you continue to try and when do you know you’ve done enough
• How to push through when it’s hard
• Developing “grit”

August 20-23 “Adaptability and Flexibility”

• When do you need to be flexible?
• How to cope when things don’t go your way
• Just breathe
• Personal coping tools

Cost is $300 per 4-day week (AM or PM).

Register for CAMP 24

Please choose your requested camp week below.

Step 1: Submit Your Registration via our new registration system at MindBody Inc. – click on this box to open a new browser window and begin the registration process

Things you’ll need to know:

• Please be careful in choosing the correct session dates and times – there may be a lot of information to scroll through. If you choose the wrong item before purchase, you will have the opportunity to remove it from your shopping cart. If you make the purchase and get a confirmation that appears to not be for what you wanted to purchase, please contact us and we’ll sort it out.

• You can use the direct links by date at the top of this page – otherwise, the link above in orange will send you to a page where you can scroll through the remaining calendar of Holiday Creative Arts Camps for the rest of this program year. That page also has a calendar search feature in the upper right-hand corner where you can focus on the date(s) of interest to you.

• Clicking on the blue “Sign Up Now” button takes you to a page where you need to log in before making a purchase. If you are an existing client of ours, but new to the MindBody Inc. registration software, you should be able to find your profile by entering your first and last name and then you will need to enter your email address in order to set up a password. There is also an option to log in using your Facebook account.

• Once logged in, you will be shown a page with your selected item for purchase. If this is the correct item, you may click on the blue “enroll” button.

(If this is not the correct item, you should be able to hit the “back” button on your browser to get back to the list of choices. If that does not work, you may navigate through the MindBody Inc. site using the tabs at the top of the page to guide you – or close that window and start again on this page. We are also available to help you during our regular business hours at 610-710-1487.)

• Once clicking the blue “enroll” button, you will be taken to the shopping cart, where again the item(s) you selected will be displayed. If an item appears that you did not wish to purchase (or appears twice), you may remove it by clicking on the gray circled “X” to the far right of the item

• Once you are satisfied that the correct items appear, you may either click on the “Continue Shopping” link to find more items for your shopping cart (such as other offerings or adding another family member’s selection to the shopping cart), or you may click on the blue “CHECK OUT” button.


• If you have any applied credit with The Center on Central, such as a gift card on file, those funds will be applied first (unless you choose otherwise in the radio button prompt). If you don’t have applied credit, this is the place where you will enter your credit card information. You have the option to store your credit card information securely on the MindBody, Inc. servers if you choose. NOTE: If you are choosing to pay the deposit only (this option is available until May 1, 2017, when all balances are due in full), YOU MUST CLICK THE BOX THAT ALLOWS YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION TO BE STORED. All failed credit card billings will be notified, and will have until May 8, 2017 to resolve their balances or risk being dropped from the rolls and forfeiting their deposits.

• Once you have completed entering your credit card information, click on the blue “PLACE ORDER” button (you may also wish to take note of our business policies at the bottom of this page). Do not navigate away from the window until your order is confirmed. You should also receive a confirmation email (you may receive 2 – one as a purchase receipt and one as a specific schedule enrollment confirmation).

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if something doesn’t seem right – we are working through this transition and appreciate your patience. We think once we all get used to the new software, it will provide you with a better registration experience!

Step 2: Tell Others!

You can help us spread the word about CAMP 24 at The Center on Central by sharing this page on Facebook. Simply click on the “Like” button at the bottom of this page. Thank you!