Camp Mission Statement
Our biggest event of the year is the camp for these underserved KODAs. At this one-week camp, our campers will participate in leadership and team building skills as well as many other fun activities. Most importantly, they will attend KODA workshops run by the Camp Director, who is a Child (over the age of 18) of Deaf Adults (CODA). These workshops are an opportunity for the children to come together in a supportive and unified setting.
KODAWest Camp is a place where Kids of Deaf Adult/s (ages 8-17) will enjoy a range of amazing experiences; explore their identities as bicultural individuals through increased awareness of ASL, Deaf culture and by sharing their own stories. They are raised in a world that is completely different from hearing families, where sound is not an instrumental part of their everyday lives. KODAWest aims to provide the hearing experience by exposing these children to music, and by providing a community where these children can connect with one another through similar backgrounds. This promotes a sense of comradeship and in understanding their unique identity that is being a KODA.
KODAWest Camp offers something for everyone¬¬—group games, arts & crafts, sports, KODA awareness activities and more. Activities are designed to promote bi-cultural pride and self-esteem for these children. Young adults, ages 16-18, come as Counselors-in-Training (CIT), which will help them to develop team-building and job/life skills. They will also become mentors for the young campers, while being mentored by their older peers.