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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.

Camp Instructors:

James Smith M.Ed Education of the Deaf, Deaf native ASL user, ASL instructor for 5 years, Father of deaf children, enthusiastic Youth leader

 

 

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.

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Goddess of Chaos

So much more than I was looking for! Having heard that a large percentage of the population on Martha’s Vineyard knows sign language, I was looking for a simple explanation of why. This children’s book is so much more. A fun exploration of the history of American Sign Language, how it was developed, and how it both educated and empowered members of the deaf community for decades. I recommend it not only for members of the deaf community, but I believe children learning sign language at school or Scouts (or in a similar way) will also enjoy it.

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Olympia

What was valuable to me was realizing that even in moments where I didn’t think I could do anything, changing my thoughts and making small changes could make a huge difference. Mariposa Mentoring is amazing. Lynell can really help you realize what you want in life.

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Anna Springer

“Lynell is great at mentoring! She helped me through some major blocks in regards to loving and forgiving myself. I feel that I have more direction and desire to fulfill my personal purpose in life.”  

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I love all the Deaf Sense videos! My daughter is a big fan too. The kids are ASL role models for her!

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Jimmy Adair

Your posters that I bought from you have helped my students in my class recognize some of the deaf achievements and triumphs. For example, Matt Hamill and John Maucere both are on the poster. So when my students see this, they ask me if I am going to show more of the others who are successful. My students realize that there are more of other deaf people who want to be successful and be normal just like every one. Now my students will walk up to our 7 deaf students at the school and sign to them. These deaf students feel like they are more accepted.