ABOUT SIGNS OF FUN
Signs of Fun Camp is a day camp that runs for one week each summer. Signs of Fun relies solely on donations from people like you — people who believe in the importance of providing programs to children who are Deaf or hard of hearing. It was established in 1995 by Arlene VanHorn for the Deaf and hard of hearing youth in Virginia.
We welcome campers who are Deaf or hard of hearing, ages 3-years-old to 18-years-old. Hearing sibling are also welcome. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m and children will enjoy activities such as crafts, sports, games, fishing, and swimming. Our camp is held each year for one week at the Wilderness Presidential Resort. Here we swim, hike, fish, and have a variety of activities throughout the day related to our theme for the week. Often we have trips and events, such as going to Washington, DC, rafting down the Rappahannock River, or spending the day at King's Dominion. Many of our counselors are former campers that have graduated high school or ASL students from the local colleges. We offer a counselor in training program for teens to develop their leadership skills. The cost to the campers is minimal for the week. Our support is from the Fredericksburg Lions Club and other fundraisers, with the help of parents and friends. Previously, our camp was held at the YMCA in Falmouth, VA.
Signs of Fun, in tandem with Virginia's Children First aim to offer Virginia's finest, our parents, options for communication with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Parents are encouraged to sign up for the ASL Class which happens while their children are at camp!
From Signs of Fun comes "iDeaf"
iDeaf was established to encourage and help facilitate communication and fellowship among the youth in Virginia throughout the year in hopes of bringing more campers to Signs of Fun. We are in the process of setting up a monthly calendar of events. Stay tuned!