I was nervous when I arrived at Literacy camp with my family, because I did not know the campers or the counselors. I started to feel more comfortable over that evening and the next day as I met everyone. The cabin where I slept had 6 kids and there was a total of about 20 campers, 5 counselors and 2 CITs. The food was better than I expected and the desserts were awesome! Each night we had a camp fire, we watched ASL stories (by special guests), signed songs, ate s’mores and played campfire games.
We had a lot of physical activities that we did like; Zip line, archery, going to the playground, and swimming but my favorite activity was playing Ga Ga, which I taught the kids how to play because I have played it for years at DHH Family camp!
When we went to the Natural History Center called “Cougar canyon” where we played board games like Applies to Apples, Jeopardy, and we also made our personalized backpacks and our journals. My journal entry read “This camp is great, I really like it. It is a great place for me to practice sign language and meet a lot of new friends”.
There was a really fun Sign Language game where you take 1 ASL hand shape and select a another card that has a picture on it, then you make a story about that picture with the ASL hand shape. After practicing ASL stories, each camper created their own ASL hand shape story for their end of the week performance, which we did in front of all of the families. My hand shape was a #3 hand shape and my story was about a bicycle race between two riders.
Every camper got an award at the end of the week, mine was titled “Most improved”.
I made a lot of new friends there and I hope to see them again sometime.
Editor's Note: Literacy Camp is hosted by Deaf Community Services of San Diego, in partnership with UR Charities.