Rhode Island Silent Camp 2015 was the first year I attended. I love ASL. It has brought me so many amazing places and has allowed me to do so many amazing things! There are no words to describe what happened over the weekend. This camp challenged us in every single way possible. Not only did I make lasting friendships in just 3 days, but I met so many different wonderful and generous people who all share the same thing. Silence brought us together that weekend and I am forever grateful for the experience for introducing me to each and every one of you. I would recommend this Camp to anyone from someone who is just learning sign language, to someone who is deaf or hard-of-hearing. It was just so humbling to hear the stories of all the new friends that I met and to get even just a glimpse of what it’s like to live in a silent world. There is no question of whether or not I will be back for Rhode Island Silent Camp 2016.
— Alicia (First Year)
Silent Camp is an amazing experience. In 2006 I graduated from Bristol Community College with an Associates Degree in Deaf Studies. I didn’t know where life would take me but I knew that I loved ASL and Deaf Culture. I have continued to use my ASL on and off since then but unfortunately do not use it as much as I would like to. In 2014, I signed up for Rhode Island Silent Camp and even though I live in the Boston area and I did not know anyone, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and go anyway. Making that decision was incredibly scary, although I knew I was conversational in the language, I would be forced to immerse myself (which I had not done in years) and do it with people that I had never met. I had such an amazing experience the first time, so I chose to go back again this year and my experience was even better! Being around so many positive people and bouncing culture, language, constructive criticism, experiences and stories off of one another is just indescribable. The individuals that attend are people that are Deaf, hard of hearing, D/deaf-blind, hearing, students, interpreters, educators, CODA’s, etc. but everyone that attends is a lover of the language and the atmosphere. While making lasting friendships, you have the opportunity to test yourself on the high ropes, low ropes and an array of outdoor activities as well as ASL games. Everyone is willing to help you to learn signs, vocabulary and concepts that you may struggle with during the weekend. Both times that I attended Rhode Island Silent Camp, I felt like I was in this surreal, incredibly positive world of ASL and Deaf Culture. Laughter, incredible amounts of laughter, was shared by all. I cannot say enough about Rhode Island Silent Camp. I cannot wait to go back next year!
— Laurel (Second Year)
Life changing! How I loved this camp! I am counting down the days until next year!!!! Met a lot of wonderful people and was able to learn more skills ! I felt so completely comfortable ! Everyone was so welcoming and ready to help! No judgement zone! You have offered an amazing weekend for all! I thank you!!!
— Janette (First Year)
Before I arrived at the camp Saturday morning I didn’t really know what to expect. I have been signing since I was 5 years old as I am a RISD alumnus so it wasn’t new and I didn’t have any signing jitters or anything. After being invited to this camp I honestly assumed that I was going to be playing the interpreter role for many people especially when they get nervous and say something like “aahhh I need help!!!!” or “sign for me.” So I was prepared to help out anyway I can. Upon arriving to the camp it turned to be the total opposite of what I thought. I was surprised once I saw almost everyone signing without breaking a sweat. I was in shock. I was so impressed that I didn’t really have to do any interpreting but just blend in. I never seen a group that showed so much love, effort, and passion in learning sign language. I grew up in a hearing community/environment and I rarely see that and this past Saturday was an eye opening experience for me and I just wish I have spent more time at the camp. Thank god there’s next year. Thank you all and god bless.
— Sean (First Year)