Whether related to our special needs populations, or in our own individual lives, we have a responsibility to treat one another and ourselves with a high level of respect. We all have our own definitions of what respect means and many of us are able to express those feelings. For some, perhaps our clientele, this verbal expression and forthright understanding of this value is difficult to express. Therefore, we believe that we must set forth true and consistent example of respect every minute of every day. We believe that this positive modeling is the most effective means of teaching this core value.
We believe in celebrating what makes us who we are. We all have traits that make us unique. One of our goals is to identify what makes you YOU and let everyone know how great you are for it. We guarantee that we’ll treat everyone with the respect needed so that they feel comfortable enough to celebrate their own individuality and to be proud of who we are.
We believe that the most effective and powerful tool we can provide our travelers is a sense of empowerment. We want everyone to feel that they matter and that they can make decisions for themselves and participate in all processes related to them. This sense of empowerment is invaluable when moving through the life-cycle and as independence requirements grow.
It is imperative that all of us realize the importance of communication. We must be able to express our feelings, be heard, and have the ability to listen to others. For us, it would be impossible to effectively succeed with all of the core values listed here without the ability and desire to communicate effectively. We facilitate communication during all facets of our trips, encourage the verbal expression of feelings whether positive or negative, in all situations. We want everyone to feel deep down that they matter, and that they are respected individuals who are independent and able to succeed in every situation.
5. Healthy Living.
Frontier Travel Camp is always looking to improve the health of its travelers. We provide healthy meal choices and are constantly discussing with our group the importance of being active, eating well, and making the right choices. We’re very committed to setting a positive example and showing that regular physical activity and a healthy diet can lay the foundation for a happier, more productive, and overall improved existence.
Scott has 26 years experience leading groups of special needs young adults. He received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University in New York City.
He then opened the doors to Frontier Travel Camp in 1997. He has led tours to more than 35 of our United States including Hawaii and Alaska, coast-to-coast in Canada, the Caribbean Sea, the Yucatan of Mexico, Italy, England, Scotland, Russia and the Baltics, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean Sea, and so much more.
Scott has training in behavior management and has worked primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults with a wide range of special needs and disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and other learning disabilities. Scott’s positive attitude and dedication toward Frontier travelers and staff has led to many years of great success.
Frontier Travel Camp, Inc. staff is dedicated to the special needs of its members. Staff provides individual attention to travelers’ needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our patient and caring staff is trained to work with individuals with special needs and is committed to ensuring the comfort and safety of our travelers. Our low staff turnover is testament to the warm and loving atmosphere that our family provides.
Counselors are chosen on a strict criteria which includes education and experience related to populations served. All of our staff are over the age of 25 and have had years of field experience. Our degreed social workers and special educators help travelers handle money, dispense their own medications (only upon request), and to communicate their feelings. Staff also help facilitate travelers’ socialization by helping individuals express their interests and desires to their peers. Frontier provides a supportive and safe environment empowering travelers to communicate with each other and to make more positive decisions on a daily basis without the fear of ridicule. Frontier also employs a Registered Nurse or Physician’s Assistant for a large portion of our summer program.
Allowing your loved one with special needs to travel the country and abroad can be scary and stressful. Rest assured that your loved one’s health and safety is always our first priority. We take countless precautions to ensure a secure environment for our travelers, including a few listed below:
Please Note: Since our travelers have varying levels of ability, our hikes and other outdoor activities are short and minimally challenging.
What makes Frontier Travel Camp truly special is the bond shared by all the staff, travelers, and their families. Our camp is an ever-growing family. Travelers feel respected and cared for as they form friendships that they can maintain throughout the year.
Frontier will maintain it’s dedication to HEALTH on all tours. The more we research diet and nutrition, the more impassioned we’ve become to finding new ways of providing food low in sugar and multiple processes. We promise with every effort to limit intake of High Fructose Corn Syrup, Refined Sugars, and Sucrose and will do our best to replace these products with Organic foods as often as possible. If any of you have taken the time to research what you are eating, you’ll be aware just how difficult doing so on an individual level is. We can’t eliminate this completely, but we promise to the best possible while on tour.
Frontier travelers are provided three meals per day and they are the backbone of a successful tour:
Breakfast: 3 choices of cereal (we’ll use Kashi products when available which do not have added corn syrups). In Kashi, these are replaced by natural grains and binding agents like egg whites, flax, and other grains which will help our bodies to thrive while traveling to all of these wonderful places. We serve these cereals with fat-free milk, 2 choices of fruit, a bagel or english muffin, and 2 choices of juice which are unrefined and not from concentrate. There will be many days where our accommodations provide a well balanced hot breakfast daily with eggs, toast, hash browns, and sometimes even pancakes. We’ll monitor the intake of food of all of our travelers to be sure that they are eating appropriately.
Lunch: Usually served picnic style while on tour. Three choices of sandwiches all on wheat bread with unrefined flower and no corn based sugars all served with 2 choices of fruit, a grain bar like Kashi without corn starch and fructrose, and a sugar-free granola bar. Sandwich meats are purchased at the grocery store deli and we choose the low sodium alternatives. All travelers are urged to eat at least one serving of fruit with every lunch.
We certainly have become much more strict about high water intake while on tour. Drinking water is the most natural way to maintain equilibrium within our travel camp setting. We want everyone to drink between 4 and 6 bottles per day.
Dinner: Served in restaurants either in our accommodation or in the city or town we are visiting. Travelers are given healthy choices from menus and encouraged to limit fried foods and soda. It is often difficult for our travelers to refrain from ordering burgers and fries, so we hope that families will understand that being strict with regard to this is sometimes necessary. Desserts are served irregularly as to control for the amount of sugar and fat intake on our lengthy tours.
Soda: Frontier rarely provides soda. Soda is the worst thing we can give to our travelers on a regular basis. We urge all travelers to drink water at all meals.
We have always made every effort to provide the healthiest options with some exceptions. WE ARE ON VACATION! We must have fun and endulge ourselves sometimes.
We know that healthy eating and drinking is the backbone of a great trip. Our travelers find that they can lose weight, can be happier and more accepting of him/herself and others, will be able to enjoy the destinations and feel much less stressed, healthier, and more motivated to be active because of increased energy this diet change will provide.
Note: Frontier Travel Camp is prepared to make special arrangements for most dietary needs of its travelers.