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Movie Makers’ Camp

A Language Enrichment Camp for First Graders

July 15-19, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wegner Middle School
14124 Norton Dr., Boys Town, NE

What is Movie Makers’ Camp?

Movie Makers’ Camp is a summer enrichment program for children who have challenges with spoken language and may have difficulty learning to read and write provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital. The camp gives students the opportunity to learn using movie-making activities including creating a movie script, constructing a movie set, designing costumes and directing movie production. This skill-enhancing program provides intensive individualized and small group instruction to promote:

  • Using and understanding spoken language in literacy-based activities
  • Learning and using new vocabulary
  • Asking for help or clarification
  • Formulating and asking a variety of questions
  • Following and giving clear directions
  • Expressing thoughts and feelings
  • Using friend-making and cooperative learning social skills
  • Sharing experiences with peers and others at home

The week-long camp includes:

  • Daily language intervention supporting each camper’s language goals
  • Language research opportunities
  • Enrichment activities that allow for expression through movement and the arts
  • Recreational experiences including fishing, swimming and a variety of sports

Why Movies?

Movie-making is a confidence-building activity that is loaded with opportunities for campers to practice language using the visual and dramatic arts, audio and computer technology and video. By working with other campers and community artists to create a movie, campers experience a school-like project in a low-stakes, supportive and engaging setting.

Does My Child Qualify?

This camp is for children who are 6 or 7 years of age as of July 15, 2019.

Prior to camp, each child will need to complete a free speech-language screening, which will determine whether the child qualifies to attend the camp. The screening provides useful information about the child’s language development, which will be shared with parents regardless of their child’s qualification status.

If the screening determines a child qualifies for the camp, he/she will need to complete an additional speech-language evaluation. For children already enrolled in speech-language services, parents will be required to submit previous speech-language assessments and the child’s Individual Education Program.

This camp is not designed for children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, hearing loss or an intellectual disability. Camp applicants can have difficulties learning reading and writing skills.

What is the Registration Process?

If the child is eligible for the camp and families decide they wish for the child to participate in the camp experience, the family will be asked to complete a speech-language evaluation and the camp registration forms.

We are unable to accommodate more than 10 children. We will enroll on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who is on the Movie Makers' Camp Staff?

The Movie Makers’ Camp is one of the many innovative clinical, educational and research programs offered by Boys Town National Research Hospital’s Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning and the Center’s staff.

Camp administrators are Center Director, Karla McGregor, Ph.D.; Associate Director, Cathy Carotta, Ed.D. and Camp Coordinator, Nancy Ohlmann, M.A. All administrators are certified speech-language pathologists who specialize in providing language interventions for school-aged students.

The movie-moving making experiences will be directed by Stephanie Anderson, who is sponsored by WhyArts. Anderson has a history of acting and directing in local and regional programs. Filming will be conducted by Boys Town videographers.

All staff will be required to undergo a background check, and staff numbers will exceed state-mandated adult-child ratios.

What is the Movie Makers' Camp Schedule?

Movie Makers’ Camp is a day camp that will run July 15 to July 19.

  • Daily drop-off 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
  • Daily pick-up 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Family night Thursday, July 18, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Family and friends are invited to come and view the campers’ movie creations.

What are Movie Makers' Camp Costs?

  • Speech-Language Evaluation: $489
    *This may be covered by your insurance.
  • Camp Tuition: $250.
  • A 50% ($125) deposit is required when registering, with the remaining payment due in full by May 31, 2019. The deposit is non-transferrable, non-refundable and does not include the $489 for the speech-language evaluation.
  • Parents are asked to send their child with a sack lunch each day of camp.
    • Movie Makers’ Camp is a nut-free environment.
    • Drinks and snacks will be provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital.

In the event your child cannot attend camp after tuition has been remitted to Boys Town National Research Hospital, tuition may be refunded if your child’s place can be filled. No refunds will be given after June 15, 2019.

What Research Opportunities are Available?

Each child will be invited to participate in up to 7.5 hours of research during the week-long camp.

Participation is voluntary. If a child opts to participate and completes some or all research hours, parents will receive $15.00/hour for a possible maximum total of $112.50.

Who Do I Contact for More Information?

To ask questions, schedule a speech-language evaluation or inquire about financial aid opportunities, please contact Nancy Ohlmann at (531) 355-5090 or