I am a hearing wife of a Deaf man and a hearing mother of 4 children, three of whom are Deaf. I was born in a hearing family with all hearing siblings. Although I learned a bit of sign language, and even performed a song in sign at my 8th grade graduation, I had never met a deaf person. When I was fourteen, my sister, who was just two years older then I, was losing her hearing. She saw an audiolog ...[Read More]
Come learn American Sign Language while having fun! Games, crafts and social opportunities with native users of ASL!
Morning Session (ages 4-10) 9:00am-12:00pm $55 per session
Afternoon Session (ages 11-15) 1:00pm-4:00pm $55 per session
All Day session available (ages 8+) 9:00am-4:00pm $100 per session ($10 off)
Each session will be divided up into small groups that will rotate to different activities. A different craft will be provided each day.
Crafts and activities will match the theme for each week.
Week 1: June 28-30 Home and Family
Week 2: July 5-7 Sports and Teamwork
Week 3: July 12-14 My World of Nature
No need to attend all 3 weeks. Come when you can and have fun!
The camp will be held at Orchard Heights Park in Salem, OR.
Lynell Smith M. Ed. Education of the Deaf, fluent ASL user, 8 years of experience in Deaf Education, Mother of deaf children
Jay Smith: Child of a Deaf Parent, tutor, author
Bryan Smith: Deaf child of Deaf parent, teacher of ASL, athlete
Vivian Smith: Deaf child of Deaf parent, arts and crafts
ASL Mini Camp Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Does my child need to attend all 3 weeks? No. The lessons are planned for each week to cover some of the basics and then focus on a theme. If they attend all 3 weeks, the concepts will be more ingrained and longer lasting, but it is not required.
2. Is it too late to register?
No! Registration is staying open! We have a great team that is ready to offer your child a great time. At the door registration will have an additional cost.
3. Can my child stay all day?
Yes, there is now an ALL day option for those who need it.
4. It’s too far. Do you have any other events closer to me?
This is our only event. We suggest finding a friend that wants to go and ride-sharing. This is also one reason why the All Day option was added.
5. What curriculum or materials will be used for teaching?
We will focus on real life experience, crafts, games, objects, books and pictures to teach and practice the signs. We know the best way to learn is to use it.
6. Do you have scholarships available?
Not at this time. You might try fundraising on your own or check with a local business or charity organization for a sponsor.
7. Does my child need to know some ASL already?
No. No prior knowledge of ASL is needed.