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April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the field of observing the kids communicating with the staff, enjoying the experience of Kamp!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have a permanent kamp site with access for the deaf kids who also have physical limitations.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the welcoming of all the kids! The openess of personalities and love!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

loving, caring, strong, and the willingness of no matter what happens they continue to return year after year!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

purchase a permanent Kamp and have the uniqueness that it requires! It would have ADA requirements the we have to carry with us on each trip.

Ways to make it better...

we had a permanent place for kamp that has ramps, lights, kitchen staff that know ASL, and grounds keepers that know ASL and the needs of deaf kids!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not having a permanent place to have Kamp. Renting from other camps we have to take our own products to make the Kamp safe for deaf kids - I.E. - door alarms, lights, etc.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This kamp is only kamp for deaf and hard of hearing children West of the Mississippi that caters only to deaf and hard of hearing kids! Other camps allow hearing kids and hearing siblings which continue to separate the deaf and hearing!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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