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Aspen Camp School for the Deaf back online

Abigail Eagye

After canceling this year’s summer programs, the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf is ready to swing into gear again. Friday, the camp is hosting a fundraiser to help launch a series of new programs in addition to its existing summer camp for the deaf.In the past, the school has functioned as a summer retreat for deaf children. But the school’s vision for the future includes expanded, year-round programming. The school has a number of new goals: Workshops and retreats for families of deaf children and employers of the deaf – including a one-week soccer camp next summer with nationally prominent deaf coaches and counselors, open to deaf children, siblings and kids of deaf adults Allowing businesses that employ the deaf to use the camp’s facilities for retreats addressing problems in the workplace Establishing itself as the winter residence for athletes and coaches with the U.S. Deaf Ski Team Promoting relations with top deaf schools in the nation, and Continuing existing programs to educate the hearing public in deafness and to teach basic sign language.”We’re wanting to take the Aspen camp to a level of national prominence,” said Judith Cross, executive director for the school.The school will also open its ropes course to the public.”We have offered ropes to our campers for several years,” Cross said, “and inevitably the ropes are one of the most popular activities.”Cross is encouraging visitors to the area, in addition to locals, to join Friday’s fundraiser. The school accommodates children from all over the country, and she said the fundraiser is a great opportunity for people from out of the area to learn about the programs.”Visitors from other areas could love the camp and decide to sponsor a kid from their area,” she said.Friday’s event, which will help mark the school’s 39th year in operation, will feature a barbecue, line dancing and a silent auction. In addition to fundraising for programs, the school is seeking financial assistance to heat cabins in the winter ($10,000), to pave the entry and for name benches ($5,000), to establish a perpetual scholarship ($5,000) and to buy new bunks for campers ($2,500). Cross said the school won’t turn people away at the door, but she prefers that people R.S.V.P. by calling 923-2511.Abigail Eagye’s e-mail address is abby@aspentimes.com