“I like going to camp because it’s a way for me to meet other deaf and hard-of-hearing people. I get to have fun with them, and that’s not something I get to do every day. And every year I can’t wait to go back.” Iowa School for the Deaf summer camps are communication-friendly! Some campers use only sign language; some use only their voices; others use a combination of both. You’ll find a blend of friends- both those who aren’t enrolled at ISD and those who are. Regardless of how you receive your education, you are sure to end the week with favorable experiences and friends who can’t wait to see you again! Campers should be independent with activities of daily living (eating, toileting, bathing, etc.). REGISTER BY MAY 13, 2019!
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June 16 – 21; entering 3rd – 12th grade (held in Council Bluffs)
Greetings, Cadets! Inside this folder is your mission. Classified. Operation: FUN! Join us here at Iowa School for the Deaf for a week involving the use of your creative skills, quirky sense of adventure and physical ability to tackle challenges. You and your fellow campers will be on a mission to solve the mystery that is Mission 188.8.131.52. Use your collective brainpower to crack the code and reach the next clue! We’re looking for cadets who like a challenge- if you choose to accept!
July 7 – 12; entering 2nd – 12th grade (held in Council Bluffs)
Games, games, games! Campers of all ages will experience indoor and outdoor games of various types. Game etiquette, strategy and creative thinking will be part of the experience. Campers will have the opportunity to design their own game. Our focus will be on creativity, critical thinking and collaboration throughout the week. Join us for a fun time- Game on!
Are your hearing aids safe on the field? How do you know the plays if you can’t hear them called? Should you be watching your coach for feedback, or keeping your eye on the ball? Aside from sport-specific technique, these camps will explore how to work with your coaches and hearing teammates so your abilities develop and shine.
3 p.m., July 14 – Noon, July 18; entering 7 – 12th grade (held in Council Bluffs)
Ready for the sport you’ve always loved? Looking to take your skills to the next level? Our coaching staff knows how to work with both new and experienced players- and at football camp, enjoying the game is just as important as refining technique. Learn and practice running, receiving, passing, blocking and tackling as well as rules of the game. Basic fundamentals of strength and conditioning will be also be covered. This is a non-contact camp. Coaches: Brent Welsch is currently the head football coach at Iowa School for the Deaf, starting his 5th season this fall. He was co-head football coach at Nebraska School for the Deaf for two years. Welsch was on the football staff at Doane College for three years. Danny Case will be assistant coach at Iowa School for the Deaf for the 5th year this fall. He played football at ISD 4 years. Case also has four years of semi-pro indoor football experience with the Iowa Black Hawks and the Omaha Wildcats.
3 p.m., July 14 – Noon, July 18; entering 7 – 12th grade (held in Council Bluffs)Whether you are looking to bump up your volleyball skills or are a first-timer on the court, this week is all about confidence, technique and enthusiasm for the game! The goal of our camp is to develop your skills through fully accessible instruction, drills and play. After getting the fundamentals of serving, hitting, passing and setting, you’ll have all the skill and esteem you need to play with confidence alongside your hearing teammates. Don’t wait to register!
What should I 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.
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 13, 2019)
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.”
Make checks payable to Iowa School for the Deaf and send along with required medical information to:
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