Fifty-two students ages nine through 17 from across the US participated in the two-week camp in Massachusetts. Clarke brought this year’s camp theme, “Joy in the Journey,” to life with a variety of activities including African drumming, hiking, paddle boats, a trip to the zoo, sports, cookouts and more!
“Clarke’s Summer Camp is an opportunity for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn, explore and bond in a positive environment,” said Claire Troiano, MED, OTC, Director of Mainstream Services and Educational Administrator of K-8 Program for Clarke Northampton. “We have campers who return to spend time with old friends and others who forge new friendships that last for years.”
Clarke’s Summer Camp activities are designed to foster confidence and self-expression.Activities are led by experienced teachers of the deaf and young adults with hearing loss, and encourage leadership and independence, while enhancing listening, communication and social skills. The Clarke Team received this note from the parent of a 2019 camper:
“Brian and I just wanted to say thank you for giving Caroline such a wonderful experience at Clarke summer camp. She had a terrific time – she has told us all about the nice people she met – campers and teachers – and how much she enjoyed the fun trips and activities. We are thrilled that she had such a positive and special experience – especially for her first time away. She definitely grew up over those 2 weeks!… We have shared the videos of her speaking at the closing program with friends and family – and like us, they are in awe of her confidence, poise, and attitude. Her progress over the past 4 years never ceases to amaze us – she has come so far, and we are so proud!”
Save the date – Clarke’s 2020 Summer Camp is scheduled for July 5-17!
View photos from Clarke’s Summer Camp 2019!
View the photo slideshow of Clarke’s Summer Camp 2019!