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A plea for help

Dear Editor:

Greetings from the board of trustees of The Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. We hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the holiday season with your loved ones. All of us are grateful for your support of Aspen Camp over the years, and we thank you for your continued interest and good will.

Our campus is breathtaking, a beautiful haven tucked in the Snowmass Creek Valley. For 43 years, we have welcomed deaf and hard-of-hearing children from America and throughout the world. With our programs, it’s a special place for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing to gather and to connect. Historically, with more than 1,000 participants a year, it’s also a retreat center for local public schools and organizations supporting children, including those with autism.

Aspen Camp provides unique experiences – hiking, backpacking, camping, rafting, wilderness training, retreats for parents with deaf children, the best ropes course, sign language classes, chef programs and other educational endeavors. Participants of all ages heighten their communication skills, rely on teamwork, build self-confidence and spontaneously tap into their own strengths through our programs anchored in nature. It’s a place where people build trust and where children become leaders.

The past several years have been challenging for Aspen Camp. Due to the declining economic climate, our enrollment has dropped significantly. The vast majority of our traditional clientele cannot afford the cost of attending camp. Therefore, the board has decided that if we cannot generate sufficient donor scholarships, we will be limited to accepting only campers from fully funded programs sponsored by other organizations. We need your help. We need your financial support to continue offering scholarships, develop programming, maintain the facility and uphold our mission and service.

It costs $750 per week to house one summer camper. Given our typical camper enrollment over the eight weeks during the summer, the cost including programming for all summer participants runs $6,000 per week, or $48,000 for the season. The programming for each week of winter camp costs $4,000. Please donate, sponsor a child or sponsor a program. If you wish the camp to continue, please let us know with your support. Join us in our vision and journey. All contributions are greatly appreciated.

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You may contact the camp director, Lesa Thomas, at director@aspencamp.org, and/or visit http://www.aspencamp.org to make your donation online. Feel free to contact any board member with questions or comments. For convenience, office@aspencamp.org will accept all e-mails, which will be forwarded to the appropriate board member.

board of trustees

Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing