The 24,000 babies born each year with hearing loss are only a portion of the children living with hearing loss every day. Childhood hearing loss is the number one birth defect in the United States, and is also on the rise among children and adolescents. Children with hearing loss have to navigate a hearing world and there are many unique skills that they have to develop in order to assist them with this task. That's why it's so important for them to mix and mingle with other children who have hearing loss. Today, there are many options for summer camps for kids with hearing loss.
That are many reasons for kids to go to camp with other kids who are deaf or hard of hearing. Not only is it a relief for these kids to meet others who have to navigate the world in the same way, but they can learn new coping strategies and discover new freedoms in an environment tailored to their needs. Below is a list of some camps your child might enjoy!
Aspen Camp--Aspen Camp has programs all year long. According to their website, their campus, "At the heart of our campus, the Main Lodge is the jack of all trades. Delicious meals cooked from scratch are served here, before and after participants immerse themselves in various presentations and workshops. During the evening, the Main Lodge converts to an indoor movie theater or stage for evening programs and activities. Our offices and kitchen are in the Main Lodge, making assistance only a hand wave away- we are right there to provide whatever you need." The below youtube shows a view of what it is like at camp.
Camp Tolaoli-- Is a camp for deaf and hard of hearing kids and their siblings from 6 to 18. Located in the foothills of Oregon's Cascade Mountains, sessions run throughout the summer.
Camp Mark7 -- "Camp Mark Seven (CM7), a lakefront camp situated in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, offers an array of recreational, educational, leadership and spiritual programs for deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing individuals of all ages. CM7 was founded as a Catholic-oriented Camp, and welcomes people of all faiths."
Sertoma Fantasy Sports Camp-- "SERTOMA is an abbreviation of three very important words: SERvice TO Mankind. Johnson County Sertoma serves the Johnson County, Kansas community with community service projects, building projects, educational and special focus on the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children."
National Youth Leadership--"A summer camp for deaf youth, which would focus on personal growth and development in high school students, as well as the Junior NAD mission of "scholarship, leadership, and citizenship."
Gallaudet University has provided a list of summer camps for deaf and hard of hearing children organized alphabetically by state.
We've mentioned a few summer camps here, but for an extensive list no one beats the folks at Gallaudet! Look HERE to see what we mean!
If you'd like to learn more about help for children with hearing loss, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!