311 James Street
Bridgeport, WV 26330
(304) 842-8836 (V or TTY)

Dear Friend,

    Do you remember summer camp - crafts, fun, making new friends?  You didn't have any trouble talking with your bunkmates or with friends in the pool.  You may have been a little nervous the first day, but by the first night, you had fit right in and began having a wonderful time.  There is a group of children in our state that deserve the same opportunity to enjoy and experience summer camp, but most summer camps aren't a place of fun and laughter for them.  They can't communicate with the other campers freely.  They are as isolated at camp as they are in everyday life.  There is a camp especially for this very special group of children - Deaf Youth Camp of WV, Inc.

    Deaf Youth Camp of WV, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that evolved out of a camp that began in 1988 in order to provide deaf children in our state with a week-long experience that they would never forget.  We offer a barrier-free, total communication camp.  This means that any deaf child, regardless of communication method, can communicate freely with other campers.  Our staff ranges from deaf individuals from around the state to professionals in various fields of deafness to hearing people who have the ability to communicate with the campers in their language mode.

    This year, camp will be held during the week of July 24-30 at Jackson's Mill 4-H Camp in Weston, WV.  Campers range in age from 6 to 14 years.  Training is provided for the older, more responsible teenagers or young adults who have had camp experience and have some training in sign language; some of these Counselors-in-Training (CITs) are deaf or hearing-impaired.  It is a week of fun and adventure and offers many learning activities for these children.  Some of the goals of the camp include self-confidence, self-discipline, and a positive self-image.  We promote individual growth through experiences that provide meaningful relationships among campers and the community at large.  The camp does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or age.

    This camp relies strictly on private donations to meet its financial needs.  This is where you can help.  The cost per child for 1998 DYC was approximately $155.00.  Individuals and businesses have joined together in an effort to help make this week of camp possible for these children.  If you would like to participate, we who are working to make this camp a reality this year would greatly appreciate your support.  We plan to make this year's camp another great experience for these children.  We cordially invite you to visit our children at camp and experience the satisfaction of watching their faces and feeling their love.

    Any further questions about camp can be directed to me either by phone or by mail.  Please make all checks payable to "Deaf Youth Camp of West Virginia, Inc.".

    West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, West Virginia, 25305.  Registration does not imply endorsement.

    Thanks you for your consideration and support.




Cyndi L. Jamison, Director

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