Thanks to our generous sponsors we are able to offer our 2020 Virtual Listening and Spoken Language Camp free of charge for any camp aged child (ages 8-18, who have not yet graduated high school) who is deaf or hard of hearing that would like to participate. Indiana residents, as well as, out-of-state campers are invited to register for our virtual camp! To ensure you will receive up-to-date information, please join our email list.
Registration must be completed by May 31, 2020 at 9:00am in order for your camper to receive a t-shirt and camp care package, which will be sent in the mail prior to the start of camp.
Campers registering after May 31st at 9:00am and through June 10, 2020 will not receive a care package or t-shirt, but will be invited to participate in all camp activities. Registration will close on June 10, 2020 so that “cabin” groups can be assigned. Please register early so that your camp can experience our virtual camp to the fullest potential!
Our week-long camp will include a daily “lesson,” during which time campers will be given a challenge to complete. After completing their morning challenge on their own, campers will log into a group Zoom meeting. Together, we will discuss the challenge the campers completed that day, perform camp songs and ditties, and play a game as a whole group.
Following our group Zoom session, campers will be divided into “cabin groups” (e.g., aka Zoom breakout rooms). In these sessions campers will get to play more games together and chat with a smaller group of campers, volunteer mentors, and our staff. All videos and Zoom meeting dialogue will be captioned in order to be 100% accessible to our campers. Campers who are pre-registered will receive a care package prior to the start of camp. This will include the camper’s t-shirt, as well as, some fun camp supplies!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Hear Indiana via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via call/text at (317) 995-3319.
Research has shown that our program significantly improves campers’ feelings of social acceptance and quality of life. Six months after camp, our campers still feel more socially accepted than they did prior to attending.
Today nearly all families that have children with hearing loss are choosing amplification and a listening and spoken language approach. That means that rather than learning sign language and attending special schools, these children are part of the hearing world. Most of these kids learn to speak as well as their typical peers. There is only one problem; these kiddos may feel alone in a world where they are neither hearing nor deaf. Our camp will always be the place where these children and teenagers can feel completely relaxed among their peers.
Our campers love participating in all the typical outdoor camp activities so much that they often do not notice the self-advocacy and leadership skills that have been embedded into each exercise. Additionally, deaf and hard of hearing mentors are integrated into our camp so that everyone has a role model for success.
When it’s not virtual due to global pandemic, our camp is located at Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, a 900-acre Brown County camp near Nashville, IN. Campers will get to participate in the following activities: