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Summer Youth Camps
Discover College and Careers (DC²)
Not sure what life will look like after high school? Come to Gallaudet University and discover college and careers in Washington, D.C.!
Program date: June 15 – 22, 2024
Early bird rate: $500 – APPLY BY MARCH 1st
Discover College and Careers (DC²) is designed for deaf and hard of hearing students entering grades 10-12. Students should come ready to work on developing their transition plans, identifying their interests and skills through career assessments, and exploring potential careers with Gallaudet’s five schools. Students will also experience the vibrant Gallaudet student life Washington, D.C.!
Here’s what you’ll be doing:
Our activities are designed to expose you to 60+ areas of studies that Gallaudet offers. During the program, you will learn what type of academic preparation or training is required for the career you desire.
You will need to submit an application online and a written prompt or an ASL video responding to: “What are your goals after graduation?” Once you’ve completed the application, we will contact you if any further information is needed. Please do not make any payment or travel arrangements until you receive an acceptance letter from us.
Upon acceptance, you will receive a camper handbook that outlines camp preparation and a registration form that will require you to complete the following: accommodations, dietary requirements, medical release, media release, transportation and participant agreement.
The program fee is $500 if the application is completed by March 1st. All registration information and fee must be completed and paid by May 1st.
We look forward to having you with us this summer!
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors
Students will create their own transition portfolio and undergo career assessments while exploring Gallaudet’s academics.
At the end of the week, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors will receive a written report containing a student’s summary of their experience and assessment results.
Download letter for VR Counselors
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). Our Youth Programs staff will meet your child at the baggage claim upon arrival and accompany them to the ticketing area when departing. Additional details are in the Camper Handbook.
Yes. We accept payment plans in installments. A minimum $100 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 email us 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.
Camp acceptance is on a rolling basis, and spots fill up quickly, so the sooner we receive your application, the better. However, applications for the early bird rate are due on March 1st. Registation forms and payment are both due on May 1st.
After applying online, you will need to submit a written prompt or an ASL video responding to: “What are your goals after graduation?” If you have questions or want to inquire about your application, please contact us for more information.
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 on the check-in day. Campers must check out of the dorms no later than 10:00 am on the last day.
Campers are up and at breakfast by 8:00 a.m. Classes and activities start promptly at 9:00 a.m. After a noon lunch break, campers return to classes for their afternoon sessions. During the evenings, 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 one of the dormitories on campus.
Campers are supervised 24/7 by Youth Programs staff and qualified camp counselors. Additionally, all dorms have Community Advisors on duty in the main office.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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