FAQ for YSP: Exploring the Sciences

What do participants in the YSP: Exploring the Sciences program do each day?
Program participants are up and at breakfast by 8:00 am. Classes start promptly at 8:45. Students will attend Chemistry, Biology, and Neuroscience classes each day. All classes are taught by deaf Gallaudet faculty members. Experiments, activities, and outings will be a part of the program.

Where are the participants housed?
Participants will be housed together in a newly renovated dorm on campus.

Are participants supervised?
Participants are supervised 24/7 by qualified camp staff and dorm counselors specifically assigned to the Youth programs. Additionally, all dorms have Resident Advisors on duty in the main office.

What does the program fee cover?
Program fee covers program instruction, housing, three meals a day, outings, recreation fees and camp t-shirt.

Is linen provided for my child?
Yes- one set of sheets, a pillow and a set of towels (towel and wash cloth). Your child may also bring his/her own linen.

Should my child bring spending money?
Yes, for snacks in the evenings and for off campus trips such as the Rehoboth Beach outing.

Is there a Bookstore on campus?
There is a Bookstore on campus which sells a variety of items typically sold in a small drug store. It is closed on the weekends.

Will Gallaudet provide transportation to and from the airport?
Yes. If your child is traveling alone, transportation to and from the airport will be provided for those using Reagan National Airport (DCA). You will need to make other arrangements if using Washington Dulles (IAD) or Baltimore Washington International (BWI). (You will receive a confirmation package - a link to a Google Doc for your child's travel information will be provided). One of our staff members will meet your child at the security gate wearing a Gallaudet t-shirt and carrying a sign with your child's name.

Are accommodations available to parents who accompany their child and wish to stay overnight?
Residence Life provides visitors housing. There is also the Kellogg Conference Hotel on campus. Please contact Visitors Housing at visitor.housing@gallaudet.edu directly for the housing registration form. Kellogg Conference Hotel's reservation number is (202) 651-6000.

What is the Discovery Ropes Course?
The Personal Discovery Program (Ropes Course and Rock Gym) is a powerful outdoor experience designed to foster self-discovery, confidence, teamwork, communication, problem solving, and group processing skills. It is a carefully planned program that includes progressively challenging activities on a well-designed structure of ropes and initiative events that incorporate physical, mental and social challenges. The course is inspected annually and updates made where needed. The Participant's involvement in these events is strictly voluntary.

Can I do a payment plan?
Yes. We accept payment plans in two installments. A minimum of a $250 deposit needs to be made ASAP for the first installment. Full payment is due no later than June 3, 2016 in order to guarantee your child's spot in the program of choice. We will send an email to update you on the status of processed payments as well. Alternative payment plans may be discussed and agreed upon.

Is there financial assistance available for YSP: Exploring the Sciences participants?
Yes, we do have scholarships for the program. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you will need to fill out a scholarship form with a letter explaining why you should receive the scholarship as well as a copy of your recent tax forms. We provide scholarships only to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

What else is required other than submitting an application online?
After submitting an application online, we will need either a copy of your child's high school transcript or a letter of recommendation from their guidance counselor. Those documents can be faxed to (202) 651-5744 to the attention of Samantha Siedschlag, or e-mailed to youthprograms@gallaudet.edu. We will send a confirmation e-mail upon receipt and in regards to your child's acceptance into the program.

When is the application deadline?
The last day to register a camper is June 3, 2016. However, spots do fill up quickly, so the sooner we receive everything, the better. YSP: Exploring the Sciences will only be able to accept a maximum of 10 students.

When is check-in and check-out dates/times?
Check-in is on June 25th, and check-out is on July 3rd. Check-in times may vary due to flight times. Participants must check out of the dorms no later than noon on July 3rd.

Which airport should I look at having my child fly into?
Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest to Gallaudet. It is also Metro accessible and taxi-friendly. We will have a camp counselor meet your child at the baggage claim area and accompany them on their way to Gallaudet.

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