We at Michigan A.G. Bell can’t help but think about “Summer Camp”! The Michigan chapter of A.G. Bell hosts a two-week, camping opportunity for children ages 8-18 with hearing loss who use listening and spoken language to communicate. Camp is located on 1200 acres of wooded meadowland at the YMCA Storer Camp in Jackson, MI. A.G. Bell provides professionals in the areas of Deaf and Hard of Hearing education, Speech Pathology and/or Audiology on staff to support this fully mainstream program, amplification support, and a daily language enrichment program for children with hearing loss. The A.G. Bell staff offers 24-hour consultation support to cabin counselors, activity leaders and camp staff to make the experience truly meaningful, and to educate staff members about how to best interact with students with hearing loss.
The Michigan chapter has a long-standing partnership with the Michigan Elks Club and several generous donors, as well as participating in fundraisers all year to provide partial to full scholarships for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals between the ages 8 and 18 who wish to attend this camp. The camp is generally two weeks long; however, a one-week option is also available.
Auditory Oral Deaf and Hard of Hearing campers who attend this camp are fully mainstreamed in cabins with same age peers. Younger campers (grades 3-7) stay in beautiful, spacious cabins with showers, running water and bathroom facilities. Older campers (grades 8-10) stay in a coed village focused on teamwork, and personal development. A Counselor in Training (CIT) program is offered for students entering grades 11 and 12.
Some of the wonderful camp activities provided through the YMCA Storer camp are a Climb and rappel wall, High and low ropes courses, Backpacking, Hiking, Rock Climbing tower, General Horseback Riding, English and Western riding, Individual and Team Sports, Archery, Riflery, General Water Sports, Recreational Swimming, Canoeing, Fishing, Rowing, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Sailing, Arts and Crafts, Trail Rides, Horse Lessons, Orienteering, Outdoor Living Skills, camp-outs, Team-building skills, Survival skills, etc.
If you are interested in a full or partial scholarship / campership, please click here to submit our online application.
Summer camp applications are open between February 14th and April 25th each year. However; camp spots typically fill up before April. We give scholarships on a first come; first served basis.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Michigan AG Bell Summer Camp, please make checks payable to “Michigan A.G. Bell” and send to Heather Van De Steene at P.O. Box 250137, Franklin, MI, 48025.
By Heather Van De Steene on behalf of the Summer Camp Committee:
Mark Reeve, Sid Kraizman, and Heather Van De Steene