Summer Camp

Camp is for you!

Iowa School for the Deaf summer camps are for learners who are deaf, hard of hearing or hearing impaired. Campers use their voice, sign language, or both communication methods. Most of our campers are new to campus and are not enrolled at Iowa School for the Deaf. Campers should be independent with activities of daily living (eating, toileting, bathing, etc.).  REGISTER BY MAY 15, 2017!

Click HERE to register.

Camp contacts:
Brooke Elliff, Camp Registrar
PH: 712.366.3227
Susan Rolinger, Extended Learning Director
PH: 515.782.3792

Camp I AM

June 18-23; entering 7th – 12th grade (held in Council Bluffs)

Ever think to yourself, “Who am I?” Sometimes lack the courage to stand up for a belief? Want to know just what you are ‘made of?’ Find your identity at Camp I Am! Through this outdoor adventure camp, you will learn you are: courageous, outrageous, fierce, driven, motivated, hungry, independent, talented, concurring, cheerful, ordinary and extraordinary! (Whew! All in just a week!) You don’t want to miss this opportunity to challenge yourself, explore, follow and lead. You’ll be a living motto of Winnie the Pooh’s “braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Not all outdoor activities are finalized, but get ready for camping, swimming, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, tent races (ya gotta attend to understand), plus some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet! You’ll learn to cook (with lots of supervision) over a campfire, toast up some yummy s’mores and bring home some one-of-a-kind crafts you won’t want to part with for years!

First Responders Camp

July 9-14; entering preschool – 12th grade (held in Council Bluffs)

Flashing lights on emergency vehicles and sirens captures the attention of everyone. What would you do if you were the first on the scene of an accident or fire?  Get ready to get close with real life heart-racing scenarios that give even the pros an adrenaline rush!  Campers will interact with a range of emergency response professionals, such as 911 call centers, search and rescue dogs, medical flight staff, state patrol, police and fire and rescue departments. Don’t worry- we promise this isn’t your typical little kid tour through the fire station. This camp is all about hands-on and making it real. We are also working on ride alongs and a bit of fun with water fights on a whole new level.

We’re concerned for your own safety, too. At this camp, expect to learn how to make a 911 call, work with CPR, and use a fire extinguisher. Did you know there are smoke detectors made especially for people who are deaf?  You’ll learn how to get one for your home.  Sometimes the best way to stay safe is avoiding dangerous environments in the first place. We’ll talk about being smart in everyday situations, and then you will take action  as you learn personal self-defense moves you can use your entire life.


Around the World in 5 Days

July 16-21; entering first – 12th grade (held in Vinton, Iowa)

This week’s camp is in very good taste. Culinary talents will emerge and you just might be picturing yourself on the next MasterChef Jr.! Even if you find you are a better dish washer than you are a dish preparer, you will still gain an appreciation for what gives different foods their cultural flair. You’ll learn how ingredients and preparation methods vary across the world, largely based on what resources are available. We’ll be visiting restaurants for inspiration, and try our hands at cooking new dishes from other countries. We’ll also dabble in cultural-specific activities, including games and crafts and journey to different countries, via virtual-reality glasses! Our globe-trotting adventures will also have a local flair, as we include field trips that drive home the field-to-fork concept.


What should my camper bring to camp?

We suggest you pack with your child so you both know what is going to camp. Please do not send valuables with your child. All items, clothes, suitcases and bags should be marked with your camper’s initials or name. We are busy and work hard, so clothes may get dirty. ISD can provide bedding, pillows, towels and washcloths.

  • Underwear
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Sneakers
  • Flip-flops for shower
  • Backpack or Bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat or Ball Cap
  • Pajamas
  • Pillow & Case
  • Beach Towel
  • Sleeping Bag or Bedding
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Shampoo/Soap/Deodorant
  • Tote for Bathroom
  • Tooth Brush & Paste
  • Water Bottle (Very Important)
  • Sandals w/ heel strap
  • Camera
  • Towels/Washcloth
  • Mini Fan
  • Night Light/Stuffed toy for younger children
  • Brush/Comb Hair ties


What can I expect?

The $50 cost for these sleep-away camps include all meals, activities and entrance fees to attractions. Teachers of the deaf and members of the ISD Student Life team provide supervision and instruction during the day and residential counselors bring in Fun, Part II in the late afternoon! We cater to picky palates, and are kid-focused when planning menus. Crafts, movies, water games and more summer-themed action are guaranteed to attract friends, laughter and a host of memories. Expect a tired, but satisfied child to return home to you!

Registration (DUE MAY 15, 2017)

Cost: Cost of camp is $50 per week for Iowa residents.* Nebraska residents should contact one of the individuals listed at the beginning of this page under “camp contacts.”

After you submit a registration, ISD needs to receive your check for $50 along with a listing of medications your child takes and any medical or health concerns regarding your child. When these two items are received, you are registered and you will receive more information about camp closer to the start dates. Feel free to contact the individuals listed on top of this page for details.

Make checks payable to Iowa School for the Deaf and send along with required medical information to:
ISD Camps
Iowa School for the Deaf
3501 Harry Langdon Boulevard
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

NOTE: Submitting this form only temporarily holds a camper’s position. A position is only officially filled once we receive payment* and listing of any medical requirements. Please send in these additional items soon after you submit to guarantee your spot.

*No child is turned away due to inability to pay

Iowa School for the Deaf
3501 Harry Langdon Blvd.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

PH: 712.366.0571