Summer Camp

We had a blast at our 2018 camps! 2019 camp info will be posted in the spring. In the meantime, check out this page for an idea of what we did summer, 2018.

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“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 14, 2018!

Click HERE to register.

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

Hands-On! An Artistic Adventure   Get the flyer here!

June 17 – 22; entering 3rd – 12th grade (held in Council Bluffs)

Get messy, get creative, and bring that imagination to the drawing table during a week-long adventure into the world of art. At this camp, students will dabble in a variety of mediums from wood and glass, to metal and ceramics. Be sure to consider all the best spots in the house for your take-home masterpieces!

Treasure Hunters    Get the flyer here!

July 8 – 13; entering 2nd – 12th grade (held in Council Bluffs)

This camp week is where Pickers meet the Escape Room!  You’ll use technology and good old-fashioned sleuthing skills to find treasure, outwit other teams in scavenger hunts, learn mapping skills, and even problem-solve through a breakout scenario! You will also be making and taking home your own creations that will be, of course, treasurers!

Sports Camps

We know it can be tricky to play school sports if you are hard of hearing or deaf. 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. This summer’s sports camps are for a range of athletes- from those who’ve never played as well as others who play regularly for their school teams.

Football Camp  Get the flyer here!

3 p.m., July 15 – Noon, July 19; 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 4th 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 4th 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.

Volleyball Camp    Get the flyer here!

3 p.m., July 15 – Noon, July 19; 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.

  • 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 14, 2018)

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 your initial online registration request is processed, you will receive a complete registration packet.
Your child will be fully registered once all forms are completed and returned with payment of $50 per camp.
Confirmation letters will be sent closer to camp 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