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Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Causes: Education, Special Education

Mission: Aspen Camp provides experiences to promote individual personal growth as well as community education and services to advance the Deaf Community*.

Results: We have served over 6,000 children since we were established in 1967. Many of these children have developed an identity in which they are comfortable with who they are and what they can do. Our volunteers and local supporters have learned about the beauty of Deaf Culture and how it contributes to a better world for all. It's quite life-changing here.

Target demographics: The Deaf Community* and locals

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,000 people

Geographic areas served: Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado, U.S.A.

Programs: Life-changing experiences through our international camps for Deaf* youth as well as retreats for Deaf* adults and allies. Also, locals can use the campus for their own retreats and opportunity to learn about Deaf Culture and how it can help build more leadership.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Aspen Camp are one of the great camp I ever been to!! It benefits you a lot than you ever expected. As a kitchen assistant, I have learned camper's food style, their eagerness for favorite food through out the day to night, and way to build bonds between campers, staff, and head director!! I'd highly recommend anyone to go there because it guided my dream and passion to the right way, it also help me to build networking, my personal flaws, and expand my perspective on people by being open minded and heart. There's a lot I can say about aspen camp...it is like a second home!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Aspen DHH Camp is a wonderful place for all, in their adventure for nature and discovery of self - Aspen DHH does it all, nurturing their campers in every aspect from nature to identity. This is the place to be.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Aspen Camp For The Deaf played a very important part of not only my deaf son's life but our lives ( his family) as well. Ryan is a young adult now, but he still remembers his wonderful summers at the Aspen Camp. There are no there deaf camps in the US and deaf kids deserve to have fun in the summer and go to camp just as hearing kids do. As he grew up and was too old to be a camper, Ryan returned as a counselor in training. He would still love to do that...he always talks about it.
I can't say enough about this camp that truly changed our lives.

Theresa Auciello S.

Donor

Rating: 5

These people are wonderful and do amazing things, god bless them all

Kariann K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Aspen Camp for the Deaf provides great opportunities for the Deaf youth and volunteers. The focus is always to provide for a caring, outdoor experience for everyone.

2 Jaymes P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is great place for Deaf children to grasp more awareness about their culture and community. They find identity and grow more as a person. They also build on their skills for Deaf Olympics to compete as an athlete. Aspen Camp rocks!

Christina147

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is so wonderful place for all deaf and hard of hearing children come and learn all about wildlife, camp, climb, ski, and more. It is so wonderful camp! I would like to go camping there someday! Smile

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Aspen Camp of The Deaf and Hard of Hearing for volunteer weekend for two times. One in June 2016 then again one in Oct 2016. I was really enjoy to help out in there with planting, cleanup, help others, and more. It was very amazing to do at the camp. I made lots of new friends that I met. I am really enjoy in there. Soon, I will be there for another volunteer weekend again in May! Oh boy! I can't wait go back again!!! I hope I will make another new friend again. Smile!

Donor

Rating: 4

Very well run charity supporting a great cause. They keep their supporters well informed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sadly I didn't know about this nonprofit until I saw a story in the news about someone stealing the braille signs. I work for a large Utility who matches our donations to United Way but I decided to break away from the same ole charities and in doing so I was financially able to send Aspen Camp some money. I have also been able to convince others that by donating to nonprofits we find spectacular it gets the word out to the community and in this case a worthy nonprofit within the State of Colorado.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came as a visit with my employer last year and we were welcomed with open arms and took a tour of the facilities. Unfortunately, there were no campers so we didn't get to see everything in action, but I was immediately welcomed. It is clear that the staff at the camp are 110% dedicated to their job and it manifests in everything they do.

Board Member

Rating: 4

The Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is located in a beautiful place in Colorado mountains and offers visitors and campers a connection to the natural world and a special community. Developing new programming and adventuring, the camp is an important place for Deaf children, youth and adults to get to know themselves and others more deeply.

1 Gino V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm proud alumni for 18 years now. I enrolled at Aspen Camp 26 years in 1992 and continue until 2000. I was a former summer camper from 1992- 2000 ( missed 3 summers from 1994-1996) 6 years went Aspen Camp. I went there when I was 10 years old and I was little nervous but excited because I can have some fun with other campers my age from different states even from Colorado. My challenge experience is from 7 days backpacking trip in 1997 which it was very tough walk through 3 passes and made it. I enjoy meeting new friends. I am happy I did it, if I dont go to Aspen Camp during my youth year I will stuck staying home with my granadma for every all summers. I am lucky to be there in 2000 at 18. I have a good memories. Aspen Camp is always in my heart forever. I want to thank to Barbara Jean (BJ) Blocker, former Executive Director for welcoming me to ACSD in 1992. I hope that Aspen Camp will stay run for another 50 years. I would like to see our present and future campers attend camp through the years and in the future as new campers to look up staff members as the role model and hope the campers would be become staff in the future when they get older. I always wanted to be a summer staff since 2000 when I was 18 years old.

1 Anne E Hender J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This camp is magic! My daughter used to be a shy, quiet and never socialized. She attended Aspen Camp for three years. Her self esteem and confidence skyrocketed! She just graduated valedictorion from high school and is now going to college to pursue a medical career! Love this camp!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best memories ever...... I had really enjoy time with deaf kids and staffs by camp things, games, hiking in a week, rafting and Glenwood Springs Hot Spring Pool....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and also attended as a camper here. This camp has always proven to be a great time! I have nothing but great memories at Aspen Camp. The programs are always fun-filled, and the people who work there are very passionate and joyful of what they do. The kids/adults who come camp here always have big smiles on their faces. Aspen Camp Rocks!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was my first time working as volunteer with the Deaf/CODA kids at age 10 - 17 and visiting in Colorado as well. This experience was very grateful because this camp treated us as warm family at mutural respect with 100% communication access for every of us and our needs. I loved seeing the kids becoming better persons when they left the camp with precious feelings.

1 Robert226

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the most beautiful places your children or your whole family can visit and enjoy. I strongly recommend you consider this camp and all their various programs for your Deaf and Hard of Hearing children to attend. My whole family has enjoyed our time there twice and we plan to go there again someday soon. Their programs, facilities, and staff are awesome and there are absolutely no communication barriers for your Deaf and Hard of Hearing children when they spend their time there so this will contribute a lot to their personal growth. Don't forget to take advantage of their adult programs, too. Enjoy!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son went to Aspen Camp - he loved it so much we sent him again a couple years later. The experiences he gained - hiking through the mountains, meeting kids from all over the US and making lasting bonds with them, plus the relaxed but careful attention of the staff - makes Aspen a true gem. And to top it all off - it's all done in ASL. ♥ Every kid should be able to have the Aspen Camp experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Aspen Camp is the only one camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the US that provide both summer and winter camps. I do not think there are any winter camp for the Deaf and Hard of hearing in the US except this Aspen Camp. Both of my children enjoyed Aspen Winter camp where they did snowboarding and skiing. They want to return to this camp again! Many of my children's deaf and hard of hearing friends also enjoyed Aspen summer camp very much as they want to return! Please, support this nonprofit camp as there are not many deaf and hard of hearing camps versus there are thousands of camps for hearing children to choose near their home or far away.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Aspen Camp because it taught me a lot about outdoor survival experience. I learned many camping skills. I enjoyed meeting old and new Deaf campers. The camp is so important to me because everyone uses ASL which is my first primary language. I always look forward to going back there for the summer. I am going there this summer!

Camper: Trei L-S