Thursday, February 16, 2012

Attn: Parents of Deaf or HOH children!

It is that time of year again.  Time to get up and thinking about Camp Cheerio!  What is Camp Cheerio you ask?  It is a wonderful, wonderful place where you can learn AND have fun.  What better combo?  It is sponsored by the National Cued Speech Association.  They do an awesome job of putting this together each year.  There are actually many sponsors but that's the main one.  You do not have to cue to come here.  This is for all forms of communication.  All forms.  It gives kids the chance to meet other kids like them.  Siblings have a blast as well.  Great for parents and grandparents.  Kids go to little adventures and crafts while parents go to workshops of their choosing.  I seriously learn something new there every single year.  Love it.  Connecting w/ other parents is priceless as well.  We rarely see our kids except in the evenings for bed.  Meals are fantastic as well.  I can not tell you how relaxing it is as well to go here.  Peaceful mountain views, quiet, gorgeous.  You will see people using cue, using sign language, using speech.  All methods are accepted and no one is left out.  No one.  I feel there is such comaradiere there as well.  Teens will be going on a canoe trip this year.  Irina is getting older so she will actually be allowed to volunteer.  They incorporate all ages, all abilities at this camp.  Parents get the opportunity to learn from other parents.  Love it.  I know I have said that before but if you haven't experienced camp Cheerio, please consider it.  It is from May 18th to May 20th this year.  Promise, you won't regret it.  I love seeing the grandparents that come to learn and help their grandchildren.  Just warms the heart that they are that dedicated to helping their grandkids.  I thank them every time.  Will make a difference in their lives for sure. 

We stay in bunks.  They come w/ bathrooms which is great.  They were all just redone last year. 

This is the bunkhouse where we stay due to the sheer # of us.  Others can stay in the lodge w/ smaller rooms.  

Awesome new bathrooms in the bunkhouse.  3 sinks to boot.

They have 2 sets of showers which is nice.  

 I take a picture of my kids here every year.  This was back in 2008. 

They have a giant waterslide on the first evening there.  This is Alex taking his turn.  You must be brave for the ice cold water!

that's one of the bunk houses.  There are two sides to it.  We use one side of it.  The family from Russia w/ 5 kids, stays on the side next door.  Very interesting getting to connect with them.  And yes, the grass is always that green there.  Just beautiful.  You park your car and don't use it for the rest of the weekend.  Paved pathways everywhere. 

 Last year in 2011.  First day of camp.  Happy to just be there & the fun hasn't even started yet.  That says a lot about this camp.

Alyona, just chillin'.  This is outside the cafeteria.  Beautiful views.  

Nik, playing out in the field.  What a great view, great time.  You should see it at night.  Just as beautiful.  

What is even more beautiful though is the people.  All kinds.  All together for one purpose.  If you'd like more information on this great opportunity, please go here.  It will give you all the info you need.  In addition, you can ask me any questions you'd like.  I may have the answer.  If not, I know who to contact to get you the answers.  I do hope to see some new faces here this year.  Camp Cheerio is near and dear to our heart.  Roaring Gap, NC is where we'll be this May.  Can't wait! 

1 comment:

  1. Stephanie,

    Thank you for posting about this! Unfortunately, our son won't be here by then but I am hoping by next year we'll be able to go to this. How far in advance do you find out about this camp and is it permanently in NC? What do your kids that can hear think of this camp?