Tennessee School for the Deaf - Knoxville
Summer Camp 2018
June 17-22
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The Tennessee School for the Deaf will host three camps this summer for Deaf/hard of hearing students from TSD and other programs throughout the State of Tennessee. The camps are recreational in nature and offer a unique opportunity for students to share adventures while developing friendships, leadership skills, and self-esteem.



The counselors for the TSD camps are all TSD staff members fluent in sign language and selected for their abilities to work with children. Each has experience with adventure programming and team building as well as knowledge and experience in safety protocols. Effort is made to have a balance of hearing and Deaf staff from both the residential and instructional programs. All staff members are finger printed and FBI background checks have been performed.

The student to staff ratio is no more than 5:1 for Junior and Senior camps and 3:1 for Camp Courage. Each camp is supervised 24 hours a day.

Safety of the children participating in the TSD summer camps is the top priority.


Junior Camp

The Junior Camp is for students entering grades 5 - 8. A variety of adventures and activities will be offered to make this year’s camp a memorable experience. We will be traveling to Gatlinburg for a day of fun-filled activities. Dollywood, tubing and canoe trips are also in the works. No camp is complete without lots of swimming, cookouts, and s’mores. If you are active and like to run, play, and swim, this camp is for you!


Senior Camp

The Senior Camp is for students entering grades 9 - 12. Whether by canoe, foot, or on two wheels, we will be exploring beautiful East Tennessee. We will travel to a state park, the Smoky Mountains, and Dollywood for several days of high adventure and maximum fun. We’ll camp in air conditioned cabins and have cookouts. If you enjoy adventure and are into the great outdoors, this camp is for you.


Camp Courage

Camp Courage is designed to meet the needs of those Deaf/hard of hearing students with one or more disabilities. Students entering grades 7 - 12 are accepted. The activities planned for this camp will be varied and entertaining, while remaining well within the students’ abilities. The staff selected to work this camp have experience working with special students.



The TSD clinic will be staffed 24 hours a day by at least one registered nurse while students are on campus. The nurses are responsible for distributing medication and are trained to handle minor medical emergencies. When activities take place off campus, one staff person is assigned responsibility for the medications and logging as they are administered. First Aid kits are mandatory equipment for any trip off campus. Many of the staff members are CPR and First Aid certified.


All activities and field trips involving water are supervised by at least one American Red Cross certified lifeguard. Each camper in or around water other than swimming pool is required to wear an approved personal floatation device (PFD). Swimming ability is checked at the beginning of camp and supervision will be assigned accordingly.


2018 Summer Camp Application


Marty Marine, Camp Director

(865) 978-6032 (VP)

(865) 361-2133 (Voice)

(865) 579-2425 (Student Life Office)

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