Designed for deaf and hard of hearing students entering Grades 10-12 who are ready to work on developing their transition plans; identify their interests and skills, and explore different potential careers during classes and Career Seminars. Students will also explore what vibrant Washington, D.C. has to offer. 

Here’s what you’ll be doing:

  • Self-discovery activities designed to help you learn more about yourself.
  • Outdoor activities including ropes course planned to help you develop leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence.
  • Take assessments designed to help you, your parents, and your Vocational Rehabilitation/Department of Rehabilitation (VR/DOR) counselors learn more about your strengths, areas of improvement, values, interests, and potential careers.
  • Development a transition portfolio with our support for you to bring home to your families, schools, and VR counselors.
  • Several field trips to explore Washington, D.C. attractions including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian, Holocaust Museum, Union Station, and many other world-famous museums and monuments.
  • Ride until you drop at Six Flags where one of America’s best amusement parks awaits you.

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Policies and Information

Yes. If your child is traveling alone, we will provide transportation to and from the airport for those using Reagan National Airport (DCA). You will need to make other arrangements if using Washington Dulles (IAD) or Baltimore-Washington International (BWI). (You will receive a confirmation package— a link to a Google Doc where your child’s travel information will be provided). 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.
The program fee covers program classes, workshops, activities, housing, three meals a day, transportation, outings, recreation fees and a camp T-shirt. We do not cover airfare or travel costs to and from Washington, D.C.
Residence Life provides visitors housing. Please contact us 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.
Yes. We accept payment plans in installments. A minimum $250 deposit needs to be made immediately in order to secure your child’s spot. Full payment is due within about a month in order to guarantee your child’s spot in their 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.
Yes, we do offer scholarship opportunities to summer camp participants. 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-hearing students. If you would like to request a scholarship, please contact us.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) support varies by state. Many of our campers have received financial assistance from their VR counselors for our Discover College and Careers camp. You may use this justification letter with your VR counselor. Please contact us if you need further assistance obtaining the VR support.

Preparing to Apply

The deadline varies every year. However, spots do fill up quickly, so the sooner we receive the application, the better. The camp will accept a maximum of 40 campers.
After applying online, we will need a copy of your child’s high school transcript or a letter of recommendation from their guidance counselor. Those documents can be scanned and sent via e-mail to the attention of the Youth Programs specialist. We will send a confirmation e-mail upon receipt. If you have questions or want to inquire about your application, please contact us for more information.

Common Questions

Check-in usually is on the first day, and check-out is on the last day of the camp. Check-in times may vary due to flight times, but we ask that campers arrive between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Campers must check out of the dorms no later than 10:00 am on the last day.
Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest to Gallaudet. It is also Metro-accessible and taxi-friendly. A camp counselor will meet your child at the baggage claim and accompany them to Gallaudet.
Campers are up and at breakfast by 8:00 a.m. Classes start promptly at 9:00 a.m. After a noon lunch break, campers return 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, D.C. We have planned exciting days filled with learning opportunities in an environment rich in cultural diversity.
Campers are housed together in the Ballard West dorm on campus.
Campers are supervised 24/7 by camp staff and qualified camp counselors specifically assigned to the Youth Programs. Additionally, all dorms have Resident Advisors on duty in the main office.
Gallaudet will provide a set of sheets, a pillow, and a set of towels (towel and washcloth). Your child may also bring his/her 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.

Services and Support

A bookstore on campus sells a variety of items typically sold in a small bookstore. It is closed on the weekends.

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