The sun is shining, and flowers are blooming! Summer is a great time for families and students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) or Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI) to get out and about and make connections. Our staff has compiled a list below of summer programs that will be offered around the state. 

Blind/Visually Impaired Programs

Camp Tuhsmeheta (Camp T) will offer several programs this summer; visit Camp Tuhsmeheta Events to learn more. Camp T continues to expand recreation opportunities for students who are BVI; Oak Recreation Center offers a spacious goalball court, and the sports field is the perfect spot for a game of beep ball.

  • Camp T Alumni Picnic (June 4)
  • Outdoor Adventure Camp, ages 13–17 (June 26–29)
  • Family Nature Club: Summer Fun Camp (July 23–24)
  • Blast from the Past Camp, ages 7–12 (July 31 – August 2)

Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind programs (Official 2022 Summer Schedule): 

  • Cookin’ and Servin’ Camp, ages 10–19 (June 12–17)
  • Discovery Camp with Day Camp Option, ages 7–14 (June 19–24)
  • Cookin’ and Jammin’ Camp, ages 7–14 (June 26 – July 1)
  • Day Camp, ages 7–19 (July 5–7)
  • Adventure Camp to the U.P., ages 12–19 (July 12–23) 

Lions Bear Lake Camp will offer Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Sessions (July 10–16). 

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Transition/Pre-Employment Transition Services will offer Camp Transition Zone, ages 14–21 (August 17–20). 

Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) Programs

MDE-LIO will host two DHH family opportunities at Camp T this summer. Both are day events for families to experience the unique activities available at camp. Visit Camp Tuhsmeheta Events to learn more: 

  • DHH Summer Family Fun Day (June 25)
  • DHH Family Summer Party (August 21), hosted in partnership with Michigan Hands & Voices  

Holley Family Village in Brooklyn, Michigan, will host several programs for families and students: 

  • Family Week 1, ages 9–16 (July 17–22)
  • Family Week 2, ages 0–8 (July 24–29)
  • Teen Week, ages 13–17 (August 1 – 4)  

A.G. Bell will offer its 33rd Annual Summer Camp Program [PDF] (June 26 – July 1). 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services will offer a Kids Kamp (June 27 – July 1). 

Lions Bear Lake Camp will offer a DHH youth session (July 17–23) and a DHH family weekend (August 19–21). 

Michigan Hands & Voices will host family gatherings in Traverse City (July 23) and at Lakeshore Park in Novi (August 6). 

Camp Chris Williams will be held at Camp T (August 7 – 13). 

Free Programs 

DeafBlind (DB) Central will offer Summer Bookworms: Scribble Stones, which is a kit that includes a book, rock painting kit, literacy activities, and snack. Registration ends today, May 18. This program is for children who are DB and their families. Kits will be mailed the week of May 23. Visit DB Central Events for more information. 

The Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library will offer its annual summer reading program June 20 – August 8: Summer Reading Program Sign-Up This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.” All materials are mailed directly to the student’s home (or school) and can be completed anytime during the program dates.

Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind will host a free Family Day on July 2.