Deaf Camps, Inc. is a volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. Founded by Reverend (now Bishop) Peggy Johnson, Deaf Camps, Inc. has been providing quality camp experiences for deaf children in an American Sign Language environment for over 20 years. Returning campers attest: Deaf Camp is the best week of their summer!
Deaf Camps, Inc. runs camps for deaf children ages 7 to 19, alongside ASL camps for hearing children ages 8 to 18, who learn ASL through lessons and shared activities with deaf peers. Volunteer counselors and directors work with the campers each year. Camps are currently held at Manidokan Outdoor Ministry Center in Knoxville, MD during the first full week of August each year.
Young Adult Deaf Camp is held at West River Camping Center in June or July each year. This camp is especially designed for developmentally-delayed Deaf adults (ages 18 and up) and features fun field trips and camping activities, all in a communication-rich ASL environment.
Deaf Camps, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. All board members, directors, and counselors are volunteers and all contributions go toward camp operations and camper scholarships.