Mission: To meet the needs of deaf children outside of the classroom setting. These needs, as we have defined them, would include but are not limited to: social contact with peers; contact with the culture of the deaf community, and provide educational and recreational programs not available in most school settings. Our program agenda helps build self-eesteem, independence, and social skills. The kamp is also aimed at strengthening family bonds by REQUIRING family members to be involved.
We use sign language 100% of the time..so the kampers don't have to bring their "extra baggage (as one Mom stated), "the interpreter".
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I have seen these kids they are AWESOME!!! They need this kamp every year to have some fun and be independent! At this kamp the kids are allowed to go horse back riding, rock climbing, ropes, swimming, etc! The kids are at a 2:1 ratio! This is an excellent kamping opportunity because the kids use their language - American Sign Language - to communicate! They can express themselves to the staff who are fluent in ASL and understanding of the communication of these kids. The director is Hard of Hearing herself and was married to Terry Sproul who was deaf himself and together knew what they wanted to share with other deaf kids! They wanted the kids to experience kamping! The same as hearing kids do... with their own language and being able to communicate and express themselves in a safe, loving and understanding environment! As Staff, we are required to know ASL and have CPR training. The staff is all volunteer. The Kampers are promoted to Counselors in Training and then have the opportunity to become Directors of the Kamp. As of 2010 we have had several kampers become Directors and Counselors! The kids become an asset to the community! Thank you DKK for a wonderful opportunity not only for the kids but for the staff as well!