Summer Camp

Camps at Iowa School for the Deaf

Iowa School for the Deaf summer camps are communication-friendly! Some campers use only American 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. Campers cherish fun memories and best friends made at Iowa School for the Deaf camps! Campers should be independent with activities of daily living (eating, toileting, bathing, etc.). REGISTER BY MAY 12, 2023!

Explorers June 18 – 23, 2023 Entering grades 4th – 12th

Are you curious about the world you live in? Do you love to explore, discover, design, build? Are you a hands-on learner? This is the camp for you!

Weekenders July 6 – 9, 2023 Entering grades 4th – 12th

Weekenders are people who know how to have the most fun in a short amount of time! Run, jump and climb with us for a weekend of wild adventures!


After completing a registration request, you will receive an automated email response indicating your request was received. If you do not receive an automated email, your request was not received and you should contact the camp registrar (send an email here) or video phone: 712.220.2292. You will receive all required registration forms through your email within 2 weeks of your confirmed request.


Camp contact:
Camp registrar 
Video Phone: 712.220.0292

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.

  • 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
  • Towels, washcloth
  • Mini fan
  • Night light
  • Stuffed toy for younger children
  • Brush, comb, hair ties

What can I expect?

The $50 cost for these overnight camps include all meals, activities and entrance fees to attractions. 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 12, 2023)

Cost: Cost of camp is $50* per camp.

After your initial online registration request is processed, you will receive a complete registration packet via a link in an email. Your child will be fully registered once all forms are completed and a payment of $50 per camp. Confirmation letters will be sent closer to camp dates.
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 the registration request to guarantee your spot.

*No child is turned away due to inability to pay.