This is an exciting camp in which campers will be exploring the world of information technology and cybersecurity! This camp is designed for deaf and hard of hearing students entering grades 9-12. In addition to the daytime program, campers will have the opportunity to explore our Nation’s Capital, go to Six Flags, participate in fun evening program activities, and more!

Here’s what you’ll be doing:

  • Learn how to protect your computer and phone from viruses, worms, trojans, and other types of malware.
  • Learn the art of encrypting private messages in order to keep them secure.
  • Work on challenging and enjoyable security-related problems.
  • Outdoor activities including ropes course planned to help you develop leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence.
  • Several field trips to explore Washington, D.C. attractions including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian, Holocaust Museum, Union Station, and other world-famous museums and monuments.
  • Ride until you drop at Six Flags where one of America’s best amusement parks awaits you.

Program fee: $0 (FREE!)

Who can attend: Deaf and hard of hearing students who will be in the 9th-12th grades in the fall of 2024.

Must show evidence that you are enrolled in a standard, local, or general high school diploma-track program with a GPA of at least 3.0. Please submit an unofficial transcript and/or letter from the guidance/school counselor. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Justification Letter for VR counselors



Other FAQs

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.
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 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Campers must check out of the dorms no later than 10:00 am on July 6th.
The deadline is May 1, 2022. However, spots do fill up quickly, so the sooner we receive everything, the better. The GenCyber program will accept a limited number of 16 campers.
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 be scanned and/or sent via e-mail to the attention of Alison O’Hara through our contact form. We will send a confirmation e-mail upon receipt and in regards to your child’s acceptance into the program.
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 contact us for the scholarship request form.
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.
Residence Life provides visitors with housing. Please contact Visitors Housing 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. 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.
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.
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.
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 linen.
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.
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.
Campers are housed together in the Living and Learning Residence Hall on campus.
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!

There is no registration fee for the GenCyber camp as the camp is fully funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health. 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. Please contact us if you need further assistance obtaining the VR support.

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