ASL Day Camp

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE FRIDAY JUNE 1ST, 2018

American Sign Language (ASL) Day Camp is a language enriched recreational and educational day camp in Salem, Oregon.

The camp is for 6 to 15 year old youth who want to learn or improve in ASL. Whether your child is just learning, has had some instruction in ASL or has been using ASL regularly, ASL Day Camp is a place to come and have fun while improving ASL skills. American Sign Language is taught throughout the activities, allowing immediate application of signs and skills learned.

ASL day camp is unique in that it brings together campers who are deaf and hard of hearing with those who are not. We welcome siblings, family members, school classmates, neighbors and those who want to learn ASL. It’s a great opportunity to experience a new language, strengthen bonds, and make new friends.

ASL Camp ran for the first time last year. Traditions of learning ASL, a ‘no voice’ challenge, skits, games and fun were started. ASL Camp is a place to make connections and learn a new language, as well as new things. ASL Camp has a strong tradition of learning through doing. Campers have a 5-10 min lesson followed by an activity that applies exactly what was learned. Signs are taught in a thematic approach that is connected to real content and complete expressions so they are easy to learn.

June 25 – 28, 2018

$175

Our camp schedule is designed to ensure that each camper participates in all of the activities offered. The morning programs are scheduled for campers to participate in learning American Sign Language in two groups, based on their level of competencies. In the afternoon, campers’ groups are re-arranged, mixing the children who have different levels of signing experience together. Our counselors focus on teaching campers in a safe, fun, and encouraging environment.

We finish the day with skits, an ASL story time, or another whole group activity.

Daily Schedule (subject to change):

8:45 – Check in time
9:15 – Assembly: announcements, morning whole group start up activity/game
9:30-12:00 – Morning activities and American Sign Language lessons of the day

12:00-1:00 – Lunch
1:15-2:00 – Quiet/Literacy or STEM activity, ASL Story time

2:15-3:00 – Afternoon activities in mixed level groups

3:00 – 4:00 – closing whole group activities (skits/games)

There are several activities offered at Camp Ollin. Campers most often participate in activities in small groups, often with the other campers their age or with the same level of knowledge of ASL. These shared experiences create a framework for the group to bond, strengthen friendships, and create memories.

Campers have a 5-10 min lessons followed by an activity that applies exactly what was learned. Signs are taught in a thematic approach that is connected to real content and complete expressions so they are easy to learn.

Campers are never forced to try an activity, but are strongly encouraged to participate.

Examples of various activities offered during camp:

STREAM activities (STEM + R (liteRacy in ASL and English) and A (Art))

Lessons in ASL

Skits and games

Arts & Crafts

Team Building

Sports

The health and safety of campers and staff are Deaf Sense’s top priority. We provide counselor supervision, safety equipment where needed, and training to ensure campers have a safe experience. Our staff and program encourages campers to gain independence, learn new skills, and gain confidence while maintaining the structure and supervision necessary for their safety. Deaf Sense utilizes the resources and programs as outlined below to promote the health and safety of everyone in our camp community.

Qualified First Aid staff are always available to campers for basic first aid, disbursement of medications, and general care as needed. As per the American Camp Association Standards, all medications are stored in and dispersed through the Wellness Center. For illnesses and medical emergencies requiring additional assistance, parents are notified immediately and appropriate EMS procedures are followed. The Salem Hospital is located approximately 6 minutes (2.2 miles) from camp. A health history and medication card is completed for each camper by the parents prior to camp attendance. All medications and health histories are confidential.

Our counselors are an integral part of providing excellent care to our campers. One counselor will be assigned to each group of 6 campers. All of our counselors attend an orientation prior to camper arrival to train in program areas, learn our emergency procedures, and understand health and safety precautions. Counselors remind and/or help campers with keeping hydrated and following safety measures for each activity. A staff to camper ratio of 1:1 where a staff is alone with a camper is prohibited by Deaf Sense policies and we train all our staff to follow this policy.

ASL camp does not include activities of high risk. The directors are certified in CPR, and staff instructing sporting activities are experienced. There is a first aid kit onsite and medications can be given by the directors as needed following Dr. prescribed directions.

Camp support staff provides assistance to our camp community by checking campers’ hands before each meal, and helping younger campers with personal hygiene as needed.

All visitors must check in with the camp administrative team upon entering camp. Staff is directed to stop visitors they do not recognize and escort them to the camp administrative personnel immediately. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the ASL Day Camp directors.

All parents are required to sign their child in each morning and out each afternoon. ID will be required the first day and again for any new person picking up to ensure that your child is going home with the correct person.

The Eagles will have a Camp Store available with snacks and drinks. Items at the Camp Store are not included in tuition so be sure to send a little extra cash with your child.

For children with allergies or special diets, please make note on your registration. We will do our best to accommodate them.

NO PEANUTS of any kind ALLOWED!

Please dont bring food or product that contains peanut.

ASL Day Camp will be held at the Eagle’s Lodge. Located near the I-5 exit at OR-22 West (Exit 253), those traveling from out of town will not need to travel far off the beaten path. This indoor lodge has a beautiful ballroom with tables on each end and a stage in the middle. Perfect for a great ASL learning experience!

To maintain a wholesome, fun, child-focused environment free of social pressures and negative influences, Deaf Sense has developed the following behavior and appearance guidelines, which will be strictly enforced. Please review them with your child before submitting this form. If you are concerned that your child may not be able to meet our Camper Standards, please consult with a Camp Director immediately.

Please review the following Camper Standards of Behavior and Appearance with your child and make sure that your camper knows to tell a Deaf Sense staff member if they feel their fun or enjoyment of camp is being jeopardized by any camper or staff member.

Dismissal from Camp: I understand that the camp reserves the right to dismiss a camper whose conduct is dangerous, illegal, or at the discretion of the camp director, detrimental to the camp and/or to other campers, otherwise unsatisfactory, or does not meet the following Camper Standards of Behavior and Appearance:

Camper Standards of Behavior and Appearance: Deaf Sense campers are expected to treat other campers and staff with respect at all times, and value each camper’s right to have a fun experience.

The following behaviors are not permitted at ASL Day Camp and will result in camper being dismissed from camp without any tuition refund:

  1. Teasing, taunting, threatening or discriminating comments, or harassment or hazing of any kind.
  2. Violence of any kind.
  3. Use of foul language or discussion of inappropriate topics as determined by the Camp Directors.
  4. Possession or use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs. All prescription and over the counter medications must be stored in the Wellness Center and administered under the supervision of our camp Health Personnel.
  5. Sexual or intimate relationships.
  6. Unauthorized absence from cabin or activity.
  7. Abusive or disrespectful behavior towards any member of the camp community.
  8. Inappropriate appearance or attire (see below).
  9. Possession or use of personal electronic equipment (cell phones, electronic games, portable stereos, etc.). (phones need to stay in back packs during camp hours)

Discipline Policy:

If a camper is disrespectful towards, or disobeys, his/her counselor, then we follow these disciplinary procedures:

  1. Counselor talks with camper and discusses what the unacceptable behavior is and what appropriate behaviors can be utilized instead.
  2. If the behavior continues, then the counselor talks to his or her supervisor, parents are contacted, and the camper meets with one of the Camp Directors to sign a behavioral contract outlining his/her understanding of what behavior is expected and that the subsequent consequence will be to go home early from camp.
  3. If behavior continues, parents are contacted and arrangements are made for the camper to go home.

We understand that the behavior of one camper can have a significant impact on the group, so we are committed to ensuring that our campers show respect for one another and for our staff. Fortunately, we get a great group of campers and only rarely need to utilize the most severe consequences.

Deaf Sense considers the positive example parents set for their campers and the cooperation of parents essential for it to carry out its mission. Parents are expected to support all policies, rules, and regulations, and cooperate with and act civilly toward members of the Deaf Sense community, including our staff and contracted vendors providing service to ASL Day campers. Unacceptable parent behavior may result in non-renewal or termination of Camper’s enrollment. Parent agrees that Deaf Sense’s decision for non-renewal or termination shall be final and at its sole discretion.

Campers should bring to camp clothing that is appropriate for an active camp program. Use of make-up and/or wearing of expensive or trendy clothing are discouraged while at camp.

The following are not allowed at camp:

  1. Clothing with any logos or graphics depicting violence, bands who play violent music, drugs, alcohol, or inappropriate language or topics.
  2. Jewelry that includes collars, chains, and face or body piercings. Post earrings (worn on ear lobes) are allowed.
  3. closed-toe shoes are required due to sport type activities
  4. Note: We will strictly enforce our dress code. To avoid being required additional expenses accrue to parent/guardian, we ask that parents supervise your child’s dress and make sure that no inappropriate clothing items are worn to camp.

At the time of enrollment payment of the entire tuition of $175, of which $50 is non-refundable. If you need to arrange a payment schedule with Deaf Sense, please contact the office. All payments will be handled through PayPal with an option to use your credit card.

Enrollments submitted after April 15 are not eligible for an installment payment plan.

**Some campers receive sponsors from family, charitable organizations or businesses. These payments can be arranged through contacting 971-301-2291.

Late Arrival/Early Departure from Camp
We encourage all campers to stay all day and come and go following the start and end times. Late arrivals and early departures from camp can be disruptive to camp and the other campers in the group.

All parents are required to sign their child in each morning and out each afternoon. ID will be required the first day and again for any new person picking up to ensure that your child is going home with the correct person.

Cancellation Policy
If cancelled in writing on or before May 1, tuition is refundable, less a fee of $50 for each camper’s enrollment. No allowances, refunds, or rebates can or will be made for cancellations occurring after May 1.

A single exception is made for campers who suffer a physical illness or injury on or after May 1 and whose attending physician certifies in writing that the illness or injury will not allow the camper to safely participate in any offered camp session. In this event, we will refund the camper’s tuition, less the unrefundable fee of $50.

Campers who arrive at camp late or leave early will receive pro-rate refunds only when it is the result of the camper’s physical injury or illness, certified by his or her physician.

Important Dates

April 15 – Opportunity to participate in the Payment Installment Plan ends

May 1 – Last day for Cancellations with a Refund (minus the $50 fee)

May 15 – Last Day to Enroll (Tuition must be paid in full)

June 1 – All Enrollment Forms Due

June 25-28 – ASL Day Camp

How do you assign campers to groups?

ASL Day Camp will have 3 different organizations of groups. First they will be groups according to age and their knowledge of ASL for the morning. In the afternoon the groups will be mixed with the goal to create a mix of both novice and skilled American Sign Language campers. There will be at least two campers from each morning group in the afternoon groups.  We also want to provide campers with the opportunity to meet new friends from different geographic areas and for the group to develop its own camp identity, separate from preexisting friendship groups. Camp is an opportunity for a fresh start socially, and we appreciate your support in making each group balanced and unique. There will also be opportunities to have the whole group together twice a day.

What am I getting for the cost of tuition?

Deaf Sense is committed to providing a quality educational camp program that will keep you and your camper happy! ASL Day Camp is competitively priced compared to other language immersion, STEM focused camps and every penny is going to provide the great experience your campers experience.

 

What if we need help in paying the tuition costs?

Many organizations such as the Eagles, Rotary, Lions, etc., family members, or businesses are often willing to sponsor campers attending educational and character development camps such as ASL Day Camp. A sample letter can be found here: Sample letter to ask for a sponsor.

Some organizations support the learning of American Sign Language for deaf children and their families. They might be willing to help with providing tuition expenses.

Campers can also engage in simple fundraising activities of making and selling goods, working for pay, etc. To connect with other parents and possibly organize a more formal fundraiser email camp@deafsense.com

Deaf Sense has also made it possible for you to make payments for tuition instead of having to pay all at once. See the “Tuition, Fees and Cancellation” information above.

What is the best age for children to start coming to ASL Day Camp?

ASL Day Camp offers a camp program for campers ranging in age from 6 to 15 (by August 1st). Any age that your child is interested in learning and having fun with ASL is a great time to come to ASL Day Camp.

How much ASL does my child need to know?

None. ASL Day Camp is for beginners as well as those who have been learning and using ASL regularly. This is the reason for different groupings throughout the day. (See How do you assign campers to groups? above)

How many campers attend ASL Camp?

We have limited space for 60 campers, divided into groups of 10-12 campers with 2 staff.

What is the camper to counselor ratio?

Our camper to counselor ratio will be 6:1. If there is need for your child to have more supervision than 6:1, please contact us.

How are counselors selected?

Staff hiring and training is what makes a great camp, so we dedicated to providing excellence in both of these areas. All of our counselors will be at least 18 and have completed one year of college or work experience. We have a rigorous application process, which includes a written application, thorough interview, written & telephone references, and a criminal background check.

Are campers supervised at all times?

Yes. Campers are supervised throughout the day.

Do you provide transportation?

No. ASL Camp will be held right in Salem, Oregon and parents are responsible for transportation.

How can I view photos from camp?

Deaf Sense will take photos each day and they will be available for viewing on the ASL Day Camp group page under the Deaf Sense Facebook page at the end of each day. The group is designed for campers’ parents and they have the ability to invite other family members to this group. An invitation to join email will be sent to parent’s email listed on camper’s enrollment application. If you have technical issues accessing the group, email us at camp@deafsense.com or call the office at 971-301-2291.

Should my camper bring anything?

A small bag can be brought to camp and include snacks and a change of clothes as needed. A notebook may be desired as well. Electronics are not allowed and lunch will be provided.

Can I visit my child at camp?

ASL Camp is for the youth. If you would like to visit one day please contact our office to arrange a good time to do so.

Do campers choose their daily activities?

Groups rotate to different activities for the morning and afternoon. There is a whole group activity time as well. Some activities, such as crafts offer a choice of different activities within the center; however, others are planned as the only activity at that time. There is such a variety of activities offered that campers will be engaged and enjoy their time.

What happens in a medical emergency at camp?

In case of an emergency at camp, our staff are trained in C.P.R. and camp emergency communication procedures. We have a first aid kit onsite. If anything more serious than basic first aid occurs, parents will be notified and a plan of action decided upon.

What is your camp discipline policy?

As we state in all of our camp information, Deaf Sense has Camper Standards of Behavior and Appearance, and we are committed to upholding them. If a camper is disrespectful towards, or disobeys, his/her counselor, then we follow these disciplinary procedures: 1. Counselor talks with camper and discusses what the unacceptable behavior is and what appropriate behaviors can be utilized instead. 2. If the behavior continues, then the counselor talks to his or her supervisor, parents are contacted, and the camper meets with one of the Camp Directors to sign a behavioral contract outlining his/her understanding of what behavior is expected and that the subsequent consequence will be to go home early from camp. 3. If behavior continues, parents are contacted and arrangements are made for the camper to go home. We understand that the behavior of one camper can have a significant impact on the group, so we are committed to ensuring that our campers show respect for one another and for our staff. Fortunately, we get a great group of campers and only rarely need to utilize the most severe consequences.

Is ASL Day Camp affiliated with any religion or religious organization?

ASL Day Camp is powered by Deaf Sense, LLC and is not affiliated with any specific religion or religious organization. Our campers and staff come from different religious backgrounds and are taught to respect each other’s beliefs. There are no formal religious services for campers. We hold our campers and staff to a high standard of moral character.