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General:

  1. What is the purpose of the camp?
    • The purpose of Camp is to empower people who are DeafBlind through equal opportunities to live fully and productively, including full access to employment, technology, education, and to enable socialization to reduce isolation.
  2. Is it for Texas residents only?
    • It is open to anyone in the world!
  3. What is a Support Service Provider (SSP)?
    • Support Service Providers (SSPs) provide support that enhances independence (e.g. facilitating environmental communication, providing sighted guidance).
  4. What is an Interpreter?
    • An interpreter is a professional trained infacilitating from 1 language to another language.
  5. What is an Intervener?
    • An intervener is a SSP, but will help DeafBlind individuals make decisions.
  6. What is a Personal Care Attendant (PCA)?
    • Personal Care Attendant (aka Caregiver) assist with the non-medical tasks that a person cannot safely or comfortably do alone. e.g. bathing, feeding, dressing, or such.
  7. Where is the camp held at?
    • Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat at 19051 FM2484, Killeen, TX 76542 (1 hour north of Austin). Click here for directions: http://www.dbctx.org/directions/
  8. Can I ask for a ride to the camp?
    • Everyone is responsible for finding their transportation. Transportation to and from the camp will be provided at only 3 locations in Austin; the airport, Greyhound Bus Stop, and MegaBus Bus Stop. If you are accepted, a transportation form with more details will be shared with you.
  9. What time can I arrive at camp and leave the camp?
    • More information will be shared with those who are accepted to the camp.
  10. Can camp accommodate a person with mobility difficulties?
    • Camp has ramps in all the buildings, and there are several shower stalls which are wheelchair accessible with drop-down seats. However, please remember that this is camp, so although the trails are paved, they are uneven. Camp will also try to install a rope system to increase independence during the week.
  11. Can I come for only one or two days?
    • No, we do not allow part-time campers or volunteers due to insurance reasons.
  12. Can I visit my friends at the camp? 
    • No, we do not allow visitors due to insurance reasons.
  13. Who will I room with and where will I sleep?
    • There are three (3) available lodges. All DeafBlind campers will be placed in a house with two (2) rooms with fourteen (14) bunk beds each. All volunteers will be placed at the other two (2) buildings with nineteen (19) bunk beds each. It is truly a slumber party!
  14. Can I do laundry during camp?
    • No, there is no laundry service.
  15. How much money will I need at camp?
    • All meals and activities are included. You will need extra money only for camp merchandise or possible trips.
  16. What happens if I am injured during camp?
    • We do have a registered nurse on site. We can store medications that need to be refrigerated. You are responsible to bring and take your medicines. We cannot administer prescription medications without a prescription. However, if more assistance is needed, there is an urgent care facility and a hospital nearby. It is important to complete the emergency contact page on your application. Participants are responsible for any cost incurred for hospitalization and urgent care visits.
  17. What do I do if I cannot eat the food provided?
    • Please be sure to note on your application if you have any dietary restrictions. All food allergies are considered during the meal preparations. Alternative options may be requested. A salad bar and a variety of drink choices are served at every meal as well. If you must follow a very strict diet, you may bring your own food; there are refrigerators available for you.
  18. How can I keep in touch with my family during camp?
    • You can contact your family at any time using your personal device. Your family and friends can also see daily updates on our Facebook page.
  19. Is there internet service?
    • Yes, there is WiFi at camp but it is a weak signal. However, you will be having so much fun that you will forget about checking in!
  20. Is there a TTY or VRS booth at camp?
    • No, but there is a phone in every building for emergencies.
  21. What activities are available at camp?
    • Art & Crafts
    • Bonfire
    • Dancing Party
    • Fishing on the Lampassas River
    • Miniature Golf Course (Comes with evening lightning)
    • Nature Center & Hiking
    • Sightseeing
    • Sport Court
    • Swimming
    • Slip N’ Slide
    • Trainings
    • Zip Line & High Ropes (Wheelchair Accessible)
    • and more!
  22. What do I need to bring to camp?
  23. How is camp funded?
    • We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempted organization. Currently the camp fees cover only a small portion of the operating cost. The remainder of the costs comes from donations. If you are interested in making a donation, click here. http://www.dbctx.org/donate/

For Volunteers Only:

  1. When can I apply for camp?
    • The number of DeafBlind individuals we accept GREATLY depends on every volunteer’s full commitment to the entire duration of the camp. The sooner, the better! The applications are open on December 1st. The SSP applications can be found on  http://www.dbctx.org/ssp-application/
  2. How will I know if I am accepted?
    • We will start sending out the acceptance package in April to all volunteers. If the camp is full, the coordinator(s) will contact you to ask if you want to be placed on a wait list.
  3. What if I apply and change my mind?
    • We will be sad, but we will understand. As a friendly reminder; the number of DeafBlind individuals we accept GREATLY depends on every volunteer’s full commitment to the entire duration of the camp.

For Campers Only:

  1. When can I apply for camp?
  2. How will I know if I am accepted?
    • An acceptance package will be emailed out in February to all camper. If the camp is full, the coordinator(s) will contact you to ask if you want to be placed on a wait list.
  3. How much and when is it due?
    • $350 is due on May 1st.
  4. What if I apply and change my mind?
    • Final Camper Payments are due on May 1st. Camper Payments are no longer refundable after June 1st.
  5. What kind of support will I have at camp?
    • Camp will provide Support Service Providers (SSPs) along with a registered nurse and staff that are trained to work with DeafBlind people. If you know a SSP who wants to help out, please have the SSP fill out the application. (SSP Application)