What do participants in the Got Skills program do each day?
Campers are up and at breakfast by 8:00 am. Our daily program starts at 9:00am. After a noon lunch break, campers return back to classes for their afternoon programs. During the evenings, we've planned for a variety of activities and social events, including an excursion into Washington, DC -- exciting days filled with learning opportunities in an environment rich in cultural diversity!

During the daytime, campers will choose between activities:

Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Soccer, Academic Bowl, Debate, D.C. Tour

On Day 6, all campers will participate in the Bison Games, an olympics-like competition with sports and academics events.

All campers will be able to participate in team building and leadership development activities.

Can you tell me a little more about each activity as some of them are not familiar to me?

Volleyball- Campers will do Volleyball drills and scrimmage under the supervision of Gallaudet's Volleyball coaches.

Football- Campers will do Football drills and scrimmage (flag football style) under the supervision of Gallaudet's Football coaches.

Basketball- Campers will do Basketball drills and scrimmage under the supervision of Gallaudet's Basketball coaches.

Soccer- Campers will do Soccer drills and scrimmage under the supervision of Gallaudet's Soccer coaches.

Academic Bowl- Campers will challenge each other in a trivia-style competition testing them on their knowledge of Math, Science, Social Studies, Current Events, Arts and Entertainment, and Popular Culture/Sports.

Debate- Campers will learn some debating techniques and debate each other on various topics.

D.C. Tour- Campers will visit well-known D.C. monuments (i.e. Lincoln Memorial, MLK Memorial, Washington Monument), Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, and so forth. 

How do we choose the activities after we have registered?
We will send you an online form for you to fill out. This form will allow you to choose the activities your child wants to attend.

Can we make any changes after we have submitted the online form to choose my child's activities?
Yes, please e-mail us at youthprograms@gallaudet.edu if you want to make changes. Your child can also make changes while at camp. 

Where are the campers housed?
Campers are housed together in the Ballard West dorm on campus.

Are campers supervised?
Campers are supervised 24/7 by camp staff and qualified camp 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, transportation, outings, recreation fees and camp t-shirt. We do not cover airfare/travel costs to and from Washington, DC.

Is linen provided for my child?
One set of sheets, a pillow and a set of towels (towel and wash cloth) is provided. 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 events.

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.

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

Can I do a payment plan?
Yes. We accept payment plans in two installments. A minimum of a $150 deposit needs to be made ASAP in order to secure your child's spot. Full payment is due no later than May 15, 2021 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 Got Skills? participants?
No, we do not have scholarships for middle school students.

What else is required other than submitting an application online?
After submitting an application online, we will require two completed evaluation forms from a teacher or administrator. The evaluation form will be sent to you to share with a teacher. The completed evaluation forms can be e-mailed to youthprograms@gallaudet.edu with the camper's name in the subject of the e-mail. After we get the application and evaluation form, we will then inform you if your child is accepted to the camp or not.

When is the application deadline?
The deadline is May 1, 2021. However, spots do fill up quickly, so the sooner we receive everything, the better. The Got Skills? camp will accept a maximum of 30 campers.

When is check-in and check-out dates/times?
Check in is on June 20th and check out is on June 27th. Check in times may vary due to flight times but we ask that campers arrive between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Campers must check out of the dorms no later than 10:00am on June 27th.

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 and accompany them on their way to Gallaudet.