Programs

Camp Isola Bella

 A Treasured Summertime Tradition:  Camp Isola Bella
Camp Isola Bella has brought happiness and joy to countless campers over the past 45 years, and ASD is excited to announce the plans to re-open for the Summer 2022 Season!
We are also excited to announce that we have started plans for renovating the Camp including two new cabins which will allow us to open up enrollment for more campers!
The camp's philosophy, "learning through experience," is put into effect in three ways:

Self-esteem and a positive attitude come from having successful social experiences with peers and lots of friendly encouragement from the staff. We provide specific situations that are designed for each camper to set goals and challenge themselves while discovering their own skills and abilities. At the same time we provide opportunities that stimulate the development of each camper's self esteem. Specific knowledge and skills are taught with a "learn by doing" approach.

Physical fitness is developed through sports and recreation programs, fostering campers' emotional, physical and intellectual growth.

A wide range of activities are offered to provide appropriate challenges for the wide range of skills and interests campers bring to the island. Campers will keep up their skills and learn many new ones through our fun leadership and literacy activities that are woven throughout the program.

Owned and operated since its beginning by the American School for the Deaf, the camp follows the School's open approach to communication. This means that whatever a camper's mode of communication: sign language, oral, aural, lipreading or a mix - staff are willing and able to meet it. "Total Communication" puts the main emphasis on getting the message across, in whatever way works best for the particular camper. We are also opening our doors to children of Deaf Adults (KODA), as well as to those with deaf siblings!
Registration is now open for the 2022 Camp IB Season!

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Youth Session
Ages 8-12
June 26—July 9, 2022

Teen Session
Ages 13-17
July 17—July 30, 2022
Due to funding received from the State of Connecticut through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the American School for the Deaf is pleased to offer scholarships to interested deaf and hard of hearing students (grades K-12) to attend any deaf summer camp in the United States during the 2022 summer season (including ASD’s Camp Isola Bella).  To be eligible for a scholarship, interested campers must be permanent residents of the State of Connecticut. The maximum scholarship award is $1,000.  

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    • Isola Bella Tower and Lake Front Beach

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    • Campers kayaking in the lake

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    • many people splashing in the lake

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Activities

  • Swimming
  • Rope Course
  • Canoeing and Sailing
  • Water Skiing
  • Archery
  • Overnight Camping
  • Hiking
  • Sports
  • Cooperative games
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Special trips and projects
  • Self Discovery Program
  • Banquet Night / Dance
  • Family Day
  • Theme Days
Highly qualified, professional staff, both deaf and hearing, come to Isola Bella with experience in education, childcare and counseling. A small staff-to-camper ratio ensures plenty of individual attention and high-quality programs. Excellent medical care and facilities are available 24 hours a day. Please note that campers with special needs, including medical conditions, will require prior medical approval for registration and enrollment purposes. Transportation of campers from the local airport, bus or train station is available upon request.
For current open positions at Camp Isola Bella, and to download an application, check the Employment page.
Applications are accepted from November to February. Interviews and hiring start in February.
Anticipated openings include camp counselor (21 years or older) and camp aides/interns (18 years or older).

Contact Information

Camp Isola Bella
410 Twin Lakes Road
Salisbury, CT 06079
(860) 824-5558 (Voice) (860) 596-0110 (VP)
(860) 824-4276 (FAX)

Sending Letters and Packages (UPS and FED EX):
Camp Isola Bella
410 Twin Lakes Road
P.O. Box 7
Taconic, CT 06079
* Only available during camp sessions, other times please contact the school.

Camp Director
 

American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 570-2300 (Voice)

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