Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hosts Online Summer Camp

This year, Kenny’s Kids Kamp Kurious will take the form of virtual adventures at multiple Grand Rapids locations, including John Ball Zoo, Blandford Nature Center, HOPE Gardens and the Children’s Museum of Grand Rapids.

Online videos, available through deaf and hard of hearing services Youtube channel in American Sign Language and spoken English, will air July 13-17.

Nancy Piersma, a native deaf facilitator, serves as camp counselor in the videos, communicating through sign language and teaching campers new signs related to the theme each day. Kenny, a stuffed monkey and camp namesake, also makes frequent appearances throughout the videos.

Designed to be accessible to all children, the videos will be streamed at no cost to viewers. For $30, campers will receive a Kenny’s Kids Kamp Kurious kit with a week of crafts and activities to complete while they watch the videos. The kit also includes a camp t-shirt, snacks for each day, ASL vocabulary, and a chance to win bonus prizes in daily drawings.

Erica Chapin, community and partnerships manager at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, said the organization wants to make sure every child has the opportunity to receive a camp kit. This objective is made possible thanks to scholarships and donors who subscribe to kits.

To purchase or donate a Kenny’s Kids Kamp Kurious kit, visit the the camp’s Eventbrite page.

Michael A. May