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Letter to the Editor: Aspen Camp thanks community for support

Programming resumes after two years without camps

Karen Immerso
Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing board member
Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing board members Christy Smith (left) and Karen Immerso share a laugh at the campus in Old Snowmass on Sunday, May 23, 2021.
Austin Colbert/The Snowmass Sun

After two years without camps, The Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Snowmass recently reopened their doors to provide programming for deaf and hard of hearing children and their parents. The two July Family Camps served 19 adults, 15 children and nine families. Five volunteers at each camp worked hard to run outdoor activities, prepared and served meals, and brought back to life the hopes of the Camp’s 1967 founders and supporters.

Participants had opportunities to play, connect with one another and learn about the natural environment here on the camp property. Visits with animals at the Farm Collaborative and partnerships with educators from the Roaring Fork Conservancy and Aspen Art Museum also were highlights. Children and parents made new friends, found acceptance in developing caring relationships and advanced their signing skills for those who came with less confidence communicating between cultures.

With the help of so many volunteers over the past two years, the camp facilities are in their best shape to accommodate groups again. While this is a soft relaunching of the camp mission, the board and its supportive community will continue to move forward with its evolving vision for offering educational experiences on its unique and beautiful campus.



Karen Immerso

Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing board member





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