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Youth and Leadership Camps

There are various opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing youths to get leadership training, as well as enjoy camping. Some programs, such as those listed here, are tailored specifically for deaf and hard of hearing youth.

Check with Calendar of Events for the camp dates.

Aspen Camp of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing -- Year-round Programs

Aspen Camp of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing mission is to provide enriching educational and recreational experiences for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. Aspen Camp's programs offer a variety of activities: outdoor education (including high and low ropes, backpacking and more), cooking, creative arts, drama, photography, horseback riding, river rafting, swimming, Native American studies, cooperation games, computer/newsletters, sign language classes for adult and babies, winter program (skiing/snowboarding), vocational training, adult retreat programs such as snowshoe and red cross medical classes.

For more information contact:
Aspen Camp of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
P.O. Box 1494
Aspen, CO 81612
970-923-2511 Voice

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Camp Chris Williams

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Camp Mark 7

Camp Mark 7 “was founded by Fr. Thomas Coughlin and members of the Deaf Catholic Community to assist Deaf youth in developing important life skills through activities with the support of Deaf staff members. Our goal is to have the campers: 1) increase self confidence and personal worth in a challenging atmosphere where growth is encouraged and the positive emphasized; 2) foster appreciation and respect for individual differences existing in a group; and 3) grow in their relationship with God and appreciate the wonders of His Creation.”

Program Activities include swimming, water–skiing, knee boarding and tubing. Paddle a canoe on the winding Moose River or camp out under the stars. Included are many outdoor games, arts & crafts, and mountains to hike.

For more information contact:
Deaf Youth Director

Dave Staehle, Executive Director

September – May
Camp Mark Seven
69 Stuyvesant Road
Pittsford, NY 14534
585/381–5930 TTY/Fax

June – August
Camp Mark Seven
144 Mohawk Hotel Road
Old Forge, NY 13420
315/357–6089 TTY/V
315/357–6403 Fax

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Camp Soar & Explore

Camp Soar and Explore Summer provides Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth recreational programming. Activities included weekly field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, ASL storytelling, conflict resolution training and guest speakers. If space is available, hearing siblings are welcome to participate. This program will be housed in the community. Call Deaf Options for address/directions.

To register:
Contact Kathleen Mitchell
(313) 961–8118 TTY
(313) 961–9168 Fax

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Deaf Kids Kamp

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Deaf Youth Sports Festival (MDO)

The 22nd annual Deaf Youth Sports Festival (MDO) will take place July 25th through July 31st, 2004, at the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. MDO is a sports camp for Deaf/Hard-of-hearing youth ages 5 through high–school graduation. “MDO is a program that exists to challenge Deaf/Hard–of–Hearing youth to discover their potential, through sporting competitions and directed activities with their peers. Through these interactions, Deaf/Hard–of–Hearing youth learn communication and social skills to enhance their abilities to become proactive members in their communities.”

For more information:
Ronda Jo Bilz
Participant Affairs Director(br />

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GU's Summer Youth Programs

Summer Programs at Gallaudet University is offering a number of exciting, empowering, and dynamic programs for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing high school teenagers. Designed for middle school and high school youth up to age 18, these programs provide stimulating summer experiential and learning opportunities that blend excitement, education, and enjoyment in a bilingual environment rich in cultural diversityัand located just minutes away from historic Washington, DC! All camps are held at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

For more information:
Wendy Wiatrowski
Summer Programs Coordinator
VP: 202-250-2160
Voice: 202-448-7272

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Indiana Deaf Camps Foundation, Inc.

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LEAP (Leadership Enrichment Adventure Program)

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is proud to host LEAP!

LEAP (Leadership Enrichment Adventure Program) is our preeminent leadership program for college students with hearing loss who use spoken language to communicate. This intensive leadership program is designed to help participants develop skills in individual leadership, teamwork, conflict resolution, and problem solving. Best of all, these 20 outstanding college students will have opportunities to share experiences and learn from each other!

WHO: Applicants must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study to be eligible.
WHERE: A university–like setting in Washington DC

LEAP facilitators will be members of AG Bell’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Section (DHHS), adults with hearing loss themselves. They will facilitate LEAP activities, but it's the participants–YOU–who make LEAP an unforgettable learning and self-development experience! Over the 3 1/2 days, participants will:

  • Explore models of leadership and how they apply to everyday life

  • Discuss employment options and interviewing tactics

  • Brainstorm ways to take a more active leadership role on campus, in thelarger community, and in organizations such as AG Bell

  • Learn more about issues ranging from new hearing technology to ADA to dating

  • Network with professional members of AG Bell's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Section

  • Enjoy thrilling activities in and around the Washington DC

Further information about this exciting program may be found at:

Voice: (202) 337–5220
TTY: (202) 337–5221

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Lions Visually Impaired Bear Lake Camp

Lions Visually Impaired Youth Bear Lake Camp
Sponsored by Lions VI Youth Camp
Location: Lapeer, MI
Disabilities accepted: Blind, Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired
Age Range: COED Age 6–15

Make Application to:
Dennis Tomkins
Lions Bear Lake Camp
3409 North Five Lakes Road
Lapeer, MI 48446

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MCAGBAD Speech & Language Summer Camp

Michigan Chapter of Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf (MCAGBAD) Speech & Language Summer Camp provides a summer fun opportunity for oral deaf and hard of hearing youths who are in grades 4 to 12. It is located at YMCA Storer Camp in Napoleon, Michigan.

Location: YMCA Storer Camp, Napoleon, MI
Age Range: COED Grades 4–12
Camperships available
Make Application to:
Mark Reeve
829 Park Lane
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
(313) 331–2378 TTY/V

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Michigan Youth Leadership Forum

The Michigan Youth Leadership Forum for students with disabilities is held during the summer on the campus of Michigan State University. Approximately thirty high school juniors and seniors with disabilities will participate in the Forum. Students will be selected following an application process designed to determine their interest in developing a personal leadership plan and enhancing skills as community leaders. These student delegates will explore the principles of leadership with the assistance of successful adult leaders with disabilities.

There is no cost to students for attendance at the program.

Dave Coyne
VP: 517-487-0202, 1-800-968-7327 or 517-487-0066 ext: 16

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National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
Youth Leadership Camp (YLC)

Activities at Camp

  • Water activities
  • Camp newspaper
  • Camp council
  • Leadership classes
  • Guest speakers
  • Group rotations
  • Outdoor education
  • Evening programs
  • Field trips

This is a national level leadership camp sponsored by the NAD Youth Leadership Program to encourage outstanding young student leaders from diverse educational programs to develop a greater purpose in life through programs of learning, social interaction and leadership development. This is done primarily through the NAD Youth Leadership Camp, held every summer at Sertoma Camp Endeavor in Dundee, Florida.

The NAD Youth Leadership Camp at Sertoma Camp Endeavor provides a wealth of opportunities for exploration and discovery, with those goals in mind:

  • Increase visibility of Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth as positive, productive citizens;
  • Encourage involvement of Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth in the affairs that affect their lives;
  • Promote meaningful relationships between Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth and the community at large; and
  • Acquaint the community at large with the needs and interests of Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth.

For further information and download the latest YLC Brochure, see

Important Note: The YLC program is done entirely in American Sign Language. It is recommended that the camper be fluent in American Sign Language prior to the camp session, so as not to feel left out.

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National Leadership and Literacy Camp

This camp program is for 5th – 8th graders who are deaf, hard of hearing or CODA (children of Deaf Adults or otherwise fluent in ASL); in good academic standing with leadership potential. The program seeks to prepare– through a challenging learning environment– each child for a meaningful and productive life in a competitive and ever– changing world. Daily program activities are carefully planned to develop a social– educational climate specific to the development of basic personal autonomy, appropriate future aspiration and a positive participation in society. The location is Camp Lakodia in Madison, South Dakota.

Sponsored by CSD Headquarters and Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

For more information:
Dr. Frank R. Turk, Camp Administrator
CSD Headquarters
(800) 642–6410 (voice)
(866) 273–3323 (TTY)

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NTID’s Explore Your Future

A week–long program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing high school students at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), Rochester, NY.

For information, contact:
Jean Bondi–Wolcott, NTID Outreach and Transition Services
(585) 475–6705 V/TTY
(585) 475–2787 Fax

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Pine Lake Experience Summer Camp

Career Exploration, Team Building, and Recreational activities For high school students with disabilities at the Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) in Plainwell, Michigan. This camp is sponsored by MCTI, which is the State of Michigan's vocational technical school.

For information, contact:
Michigan Career and Technical Institute
Kathy Fretz
(269) 664–9290

Windsor Mountain International Summer Camp

An outdoor/adventure summer camp, located in the mountains of New Hampshire, with an emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism. We include children from all over the world, and welcome Deaf/HH campers to join us. Dates are July 26- August 20, 2008. Everything at the camp is either interpreted or done in ASL. We hire Deaf staff members to teach ASL, Deaf culture, theater, poetry, etc to our hearing campers. Our interpreting staff includes up to 14 intern interpreters, one CI/CT supervisor, and one licensed staff interpreter.

For information, contact:
Michigan Career and Technical Institute
Elle Langevin

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