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We’re no longer accepting applications for the Bison Brainiacs camp


Got science on the brain? Do you like chemistry? Marine biology? Want to try different branches of science? Then join our deaf and hard of hearing Gallaudet science and technology professors this summer for our Bison Brainiacs camp!

Here’s what you will be doing:

  • Perform hands-on chemistry experiments.
  • Explore the Anacostia River, “The Forgotten River”, and research the health of its ecosystem.
  • Play with innovative technologies!
  • Bonus: All work and no play? Not here! Explore the world-famous museums and monuments in Washington, D.C., ride the roller coasters at Six Flags, and more!

Note: Bison Brainiacs is limited to 16 participants. Campers can only attend the Bison Brainiacs camp once.

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FAQs

Common Questions
Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest to Gallaudet. We will have a camp counselor meet your child at the baggage claim and accompany them on their way to Gallaudet. Baltimore Washington International (BWI) may be used as a last resort.
Campers are up and at breakfast by 8:00 a.m. Classes start promptly at 9:00. After a noon lunch break, campers return back to classes for their afternoon sessions and their chosen workshops. During the evenings and weekends, we’ve planned for a variety of activities and social events, including an excursion into Washington, DC — exciting days filled with learning opportunities in an environment rich in cultural diversity!
Campers are housed together in the Living and Learning Residence Hall on campus.
Campers are supervised 24/7 by camp staff and qualified camp counselors specifically assigned to the Youth Programs. Additionally, all residence halls have Resident Advisors on duty in the main office.
Program fee covers program instruction, housing, three meals a day, transportation, outings, recreation fees and camp t-shirt. We do not cover airfare/travel costs to and from Washington, DC.
One set of sheets, a pillow and a set of towels (towel and wash cloth) will be provided. Your child may also bring his/her own linens.
Yes, for snacks in the evenings and for off campus events such as the Six Flags outing. Campers will also be able to purchase snacks and Gallaudet attire at the campus bookstore.
Check in is on June 29th and check out is on July 6th. Check in times may vary due to flight times but we ask that campers arrive between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Campers must check out of the dorms no later than 10:00am on July 6th.
Campus Life Questions
There is a bookstore on campus which sells a variety of items typically sold in a small drug store. It is closed on the weekends.
Policies and Information
Yes. If your child is traveling alone, transportation to and from the airport will be provided for those using Reagan National Airport (DCA). You will need to make other arrangements if using Washington Dulles (IAD) or Baltimore Washington International (BWI). One of our staff members will meet your child at the security gate wearing a Gallaudet t-shirt and carrying a sign with your child’s name.
Yes, we do have scholarships. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you will need to fill out a scholarship form with a letter explaining why you should receive the scholarship as well as a copy of your recent tax forms. We provide scholarships only to deaf and hard of hearing students. If you want to request a scholarship, please send an e-mail to Contact here for the scholarship request form.
Residence Life provides visitors housing. Please contact Visitors Housing at Contact here directly for the housing registration form. There is also the Kellogg Conference Hotel on campus. Kellogg Conference Hotel’s reservation number is (202) 651-6000.
Preparing to Apply
After submitting an application online, we will need either a copy of your child’s high school transcript or a letter of recommendation from their guidance/school counselor or a science/technology teacher. Those documents can scanned and/or sent via e-mail to the attention of Alison O’Hara at Contact here. We will send a confirmation e-mail upon receipt and in regards to your child’s acceptance into the program.
The deadline is May 1, 2022. However, spots do fill up quickly, so the sooner we receive everything, the better. The Bison Brainiacs program will accept a limited number of 16 campers.
There is no registration fee for the Bison Brainiacs camp. Instead, you could ask your VR counselor for assistance in paying for your flight ticket to/from D.C. You may use this justification letter with your VR counselor. If you need further assistance in obtaining VR support, please e-mail us at Contact here.
Yes. We accept payment plans in installments. A minimum of a $200 deposit needs to be made ASAP in order to secure your child’s spot. Full payment is due no later than May 13, 2022 in order to guarantee your child’s spot in the program of choice. We will send an email to update you on the status of processed payments as well. Alternative payment plans may be discussed and agreed upon.

Contact Us

Bison Brainiacs

Jesse Saunders

Peet Hall 412

(202) 651-5000

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