Day Snow Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
February 16-17, 2019
We’re an inclusive day camp located at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon determined to show you the best mountain experience of your life! This year will be our sixth annual camp for young adults (age 13 to 18 and/or currently attending high school) who are deaf or hard of hearing. Campers meet on the snow for six hours each day with some of the finest humans you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. Beginners to advanced riders/skiers regardless of communication mode, we welcome all!
Basically anyone of ANY ability level between the age of 13 and 18 who wants to strap on a snowboard or click into some skis! We have campers who have literally never seen snow to experienced riders. Whether you’re alone or with a friend, you’ll meet snowboarders, skiers and generally awesome people from across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The majority of our campers are often signers. When in group settings, the lead facilitator announces information in American Sign Language (ASL) with spoken language also provided. Its all about building one’s snow skills, making new friends, enjoying the white wonderland and celebrating who we are. The supportive environment here at CamPAH allows you to have a great time regardless of your skill level.
CamPAH a Nutshell:
“PAH” in American Sign Language means “finally” or “success at last” in a positive and upbeat way. A sign that echoes our sentiments exactly about CamPAH! This program wouldn’t be possible without the awesome volunteer coaches who are fluent signers and experienced skiers/snowboarders. Our volunteer coaches are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf allies.
Once we’re at Mt. Bachelor, we’ll launch off the day with an ice-breaker and a warm up before getting out onto the snow. From there, your coach will work on teaching you the basics you’ll need to get on your way to becoming a solid snowboarder or skier. We work with beginners on the flatter groomed terrain. Intermediate or advanced riders will shred on green/blue terrain as deemed appropriate to their ability level while getting pointers on their stance, balance and carving skills from their coach. Everyone will rally together as a group in the morning, during lunch break and at the end of the day.
The day Snow Day Camp is offered at a discounted rate of $93.50 per day including lift ticket, equipment rental and instruction from a trained volunteer coach who is fluent in ASL within a larger group setting. There is an optional roundtrip shuttle from the town of Bend to the mountain on both days for an additional $5 fee/day.
6 hour supervision on Saturday and Sunday
Optional roundtrip shuttle from the town of Bend to Mt. Bachelor
Snowboard or Ski Equipment as needed
A trained volunteer coach that compliments your communication mode and ability
Before you come to camp, you will need to fill out a registration form with questions about you, your preferred communication mode and your experience with snowboarding or skiing. You can choose to register for both days or only one day. We then look over everyone’s registration forms and place you into small coaching groups or in a one-on-one setting based on ability and communication mode.
Once you submit your registration form, a staff member will follow up with you shortly. Registration deadline is February 8th but apply early as we may fill up quickly!
If you are not comfortable with our rate, we don’t want finances to be a barrier to participation. You may apply for a scholarship online to help pay for the camp here. Scholarship awards can be used for the camp, not for transportation costs or any additional activities.