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Camp Baker


Camp Baker is based on the Summer Treatment Program (STP), named a Model Program in Child and Family Mental Health by the American Psychological Association and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and a program of the year by Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD), the national parent advocacy group for children with ADHD.  STP is also listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Using well-established treatments that have been shown to be effective through rigorous research, the Summer Treatment Program (STP) has successfully helped more than 2,500 children and families with children with ADHD, by combining a high degree of structure with tailored summer fun. Camp Baker is a thoughtful, real world adaptation of the STP model.

Featured on national television news and in national magazines, STP has been named a Model Program in Child and Family Mental Health by the American Psychological Association.  STP has also been used in clinical trials conducted under the auspices of the National Institute of Mental Health and the internationally acclaimed curriculum is used at sites around the world.


Treatments in STP are carefully tailored to the individual child, created to help him/her find - and stay on - the best course for him/her.  Treatments include:

  • Individually adapted reward and response-cost programs
  • Training in group problem solving, social, and contracting skills
  • Instruction in overcoming learning deficits, including strategies for improving concentration, task completion, and self concept
  • Consistent, effective discipline, including timeouts
  • A daily feedback system for both the individual child and family each day at pick up

We track and provide feedback on each child's development throughout numerous activities every day, allowing us to implement any needed modifications and provide positive feedback. 

We report to you

Because we carefully monitor children’s progress through the entire program, at the end of Camp Baker we are able to provide caregivers (and providers and school teams at caregiver's request) with a final report, upon request (and additional fee). This report includes detailed information about how the treatments worked, how the child responded, and recommendations for the future. 

Parent Training Groups

Parents are an important part of Camp Baker.  During the summer and throughout the following school year, weekly didactic parent group sessions help caregivers develop skills to improve appropriate behavior while reducing problem behaviors. One of the primary goals of parent training is to help caregivers maintain and extend the gains made in Camp Baker to the child's home, while creating a community of support.  We also emphasize social skill development. Parent sessions occur in the evening; child care and food are provided free of charge.

Camp Baker Staff

The program is led by highly trained, graduate and undergraduate students, pursing advanced degrees in psychology, and educational specialists. For more information on working at Camp Baker, please visit our employment opportunities page.

Program Evaluation and Investigation

Judge Baker Children's Center focuses on care that works for children using evidence-based practices.  This means that we help children and families using practices that have withstood rigorous clinical testing.  An evidence-based practice means that we measure and track results to hold ourselves accountable to children, families, funders, and ourselves.

Our program staff are always evaluating how effectively our treatments are working.  We gather data using several methods that help us evaluate both individual and group responses to treatments.

During the program, we may ask you and your family for some information to help us further the understanding of behavioral problems in children. For example, children may be asked to participate in a variety of programs, including performance measures of computerized tasks involving different aspects of learning, attention, and memory, or assessing how children interact with one another in competitive task situations.

We may also ask parents to help us by completing rating scales, or by consenting to be observed in controlled settings that measure different aspects of family functioning.

Before any of these projects, we always ask parents to sign consent forms, so that you will be well informed about the project, and have a full and complete understanding of the project. 

STP Effectiveness

Rigorous research has demonstrated that STP is extremely effective. In a study of a large group of ADHD children over a period of five years, parent and staff ratings of effectiveness were uniformly positive.

Camp Baker has been able to yield similary positive results:

  • 92% of families said they received the help they wanted for their child
  • 100% of families said their child enjoyed his or her experience at Camp Baker
  • 100% of families said they have a better sense of the things they can do to support their child’s needs
  • 93% of families said their child is better able to cope when things go wrong
  • 100% of families would refer others to the program