FAQ

  1. Who can come to camp?
    • Camp is open to DeafBlind adults; you must be eighteen years of age by the first day of camp. Camp accepts the first 40 campers who apply. We accept campers from anywhere in the world.
  2. When can I apply for camp? 
  3. How will I know if I am accepted?
    • Camp accepts the first forty (40) campers who apply with a deposit. You will receive an email from the registration coordinator that you have been accepted. If the camp is full, the coordinator will contact you to ask if you want to be placed on a wait list.
  4. What if I apply and change my mind?
    • The $50.00 deposit will be refunded if you cancel before April 1. After that date, camp will not return your deposit. The remainder of fees paid will be refunded if you cancel at any time.
  5. What do I need to bring to camp?
  6. How will I get to camp?
    • Campers are responsible for their transportation to the Baltimore area. In May, the transportation coordinator will send accepted campers a form asking for your transportation itinerary. We will pick up from the BWI airport and the Baltimore train and bus stations (about one hour from camp). We also will pick up at Christ Deaf UMC in Baltimore. http://www.deafblindcampofmd.org/directions/
  7. When can I arrive at camp and when does it end?
    • Camp registration begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday and ends at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. If you are flying, or taking the train or bus, please try to arrive between noon and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. If you are driving please arrive at the camp at 1:00 p.m. Everyone must leave camp on Friday by 11:00 a.m.
  8. What kind of support will I have at camp?
    • Camp encourages you to bring a Support Service Provider (SSP) with you, if you know someone with whom you work well. (ALL SSPs must fill out the SSP application at http://www.deafblindcampofmd.org/ssp-application/) We will provide a second SSP for your team. If, you travel without an SSP, we will assign one or two SSPs to you, depending on your needs. SSPs will provide sighted guiding and will relay auditory and visual information while you are at camp. SSPs will not provide personal care such as bathing, feeding, or dressing.
  9. Can camp accommodate a camper with mobility difficulties?
    • Camp has ramps in all the buildings, and there are several shower stalls which are wheelchair accessible with drop-down seats. However, please remember that this is camp, so although the trails are paved, they are uneven. Camp also installs a rope system to increase independence during the week. All campers must be independent and take care of their personal care needs, or they must bring a personal care attendant with them.
  10. Does the West River pool have a chair lift?
    • Yes!
  11. Can I come for only one or two days?
    • No, all campers are full-time; we do not allow part-time campers due to insurance reasons.
  12. I would like to visit camp to see my friends or to determine if it is someplace I would like to come in the future. Can I come to check it out?
    • No, only paid campers are allowed at camp
  13. Who will I room with?
    • All campers will have one or two roommates; and there is one large room for six people. You may request whom you would like to room with. We will try to honor your request, but cannot guarantee this. Some cabins will be for males, others for females. Married couples may share a room in the couples’ cabin; but all bathrooms will be separate for males and females.
  14. Where will I sleep?
    • All rooms will have bunk beds. Campers are assigned a bottom bunk unless you request a top bunk. You will sleep on a twin-sized bed. You must bring your own linens and pillow or rent from the camp for $15.00. All cabins have air conditioning so we suggest that you bring a blanket.
  15. Can I do laundry during camp?
    • No, there is no laundry service.
  16. Is there internet service?
    • Yes, there is WiFi at camp but it is a weak signal. However, you will be having so much fun that you will forget about checking in with work.
  17. How much money will I need at camp?
    • All meals and activities are included with your registration fee. You will need extra money only for purchases at a gift shop during our field trip, or for camp merchandise.
  18. What happens if I am injured during camp?
    • Camp has a full time nurse on staff. She can handle most injuries that occur during camp. However, if more assistance is needed, there is an urgent care facility and a hospital nearby. It is important to complete the emergency contact page on your application. Campers are responsible for any cost incurred for hospitalization and urgent care visits.
  19. What do I do if I cannot eat the food provided?
    • Please be sure to note on your application if you have a gluten intolerance or require a vegetarian meal. A salad bar and a variety of drink choices are served at every meal. If you must follow a very strict diet, you may bring your own food; there is a refrigerator in the Retreat Center.
  20. How can I keep in touch with my family during camp?
    • You can contact your family at any time using your personal cell phone or computer. There are no phones for use at the camp. Your family and friends can also see daily updates on our Facebook page.
  21. Is there a TTY or VRS booth at camp?
    • No.
  22. What do campers do at camp?
    • There are a variety of outdoor activities including boating, hiking, climbing wall, giant swing. Also, indoor activities include arts and crafts, Bible worship, Jewish fellowship, dancing, and most importantly meeting old friends and making new ones. If you would like to lead a craft or game please indicate that on the form enclosed with your application.
  23. How is camp funded?
    • The DeafBlind Camp of Maryland, Inc. is a non-profit charity recognized by the IRS. Camp fees cover only a small portion of the operating cost. The remainder of the costs comes from donations. If you are interested in making a donation, click here. http://www.deafblindcampofmd.org/donate/