Frequently Asked Questions

When will the camp be held?

Our camp will run from Sunday afternoon, July 16, 2023 through Saturday afternoon, July 22, 2023.

Where is the camp?

Lions Camp Merrick in Nanjemoy, MD.

Is it a day camp?

No, it is an overnight, week-long camp.

Who is the camp for?

It is solely for Deaf/Hard-of- Hearing children and Kids of Deaf Adults (KODAs), aged 7-13. If the child is 7 years old, the child must be starting 2nd grade in the Fall. Siblings of Deaf Adults (SODAs) and Grandchildren of Deaf Adults (GODAs) are also welcome.

What is the camp’s vaccination policy?

It is required that all of our staff members, campers, and volunteers be fully vaccinated in accordance with CDC by the time camp starts.

We live outside of the Washington D.C. Metro area, can I register my Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing child or KODA for the camp?

Out-of- town residents are welcome to register, however the parents or caregivers are responsible for transporting their children. Information about pickups and drop offs in addition to other pertinent information will be sent to all parents by the end of April 2023.

Can I register my hearing but non-KODA camper?

No, it is our mission to provide a fully accessible and inclusive communication and fun for all Deaf, Hard-of- Hearing children and KODAs.

Are your camp counselors hearing or deaf?

With assistance from our Camp Director, who is Deaf, we hire only Deaf, hard of hearing, and CODA camp counselors as well as other staff positions. These counselors will work closely with the hearing specialty counselors provided by the camp site. Interpreters are provided onsite.

What is the age requirement for a CIT?

The CIT must be at least 14 years old and will be starting their freshman year in high school.

What is the cost of the camp?

The cost for each camper is $800 if paid before February 15th, 2023; $850 before April 30th, 2023; and $900 before June 30th, 2023. The cost for each CIT is $495.

Do you have a payment plan?

Yes, contact our Treasurer Charles “Pike” Sterling at to arrange a payment plan.

What is your refund policy?

100% for the early bird registrants if canceled by February 15, 2023. 50% for the regular registrants by April 30, 2023 and 0% for the late registrants.

What does your overnight camp schedule look like?

We offer a combination of team-building skills; hiking; swimming and tubing in the lake; ropes course; arts and crafts and outdoors skills during the day followed by evening activities, group discussions and presentations by local Deaf/HoH or KODA celebrities. We will have a talent show from the campers on the last day of camp.