Camp is a place full of adventure, laughter, campfires and s’mores. It is not uncommon for people to say that their best memories come from their past camp experience. There are several things to take into consideration when sending your child to camp, especially if they are diagnosed with hearing loss.
Cabins, campfires, camp songs, making new friends and memories: The hallmarks of summer camp are instantly recognizable and, without a doubt, an experience every child can benefit from. While camp can be a life changing experience for a child, if your child is deaf or hard of hearing, you might think that summer camp might be too scary or difficult to navigate.
The good news is that there are camps across the country geared toward children who are deaf or have some degree of hearing loss. So whether you are looking for a sleep away camp, day camp, family camp, or camp geared toward your child’s specific interests, there is probably one out there to suit your needs.
Choosing the right summer camp
Start by considering the following:
- What are your child’s interests? There are traditional camps that offer a wide variety of activities, as well as camps geared toward specific interests such as academics, film or space.
- Are you looking for an overnight, day or family camp?
- Does the camp support the individual communication preference of your child? For example, do they encourage ASL, lip reading, cueing or spoken language?
- What percentage of the counselors are deaf or have hearing loss?
The activities at camps for kids that are deaf or have hearing loss do not differ much from other camps. There are traditional sleepaway camps for kids that offer activities like swimming, archery, arts and crafts, ropes courses and canoeing, allowing kids to learn new skills and gain confidence.