We are so excited to share some of the photos from our first annual AAC Camp called Camp Discover My Voice! Camp DMV took place in Newbury Park, California from July 9th through July 13th 2018. The Bridge Church in Newbury Park graciously donated the space for us to use that week and it was fantastic! Below you will see some of the pictures from the camp. We had 12 campers this year, 2 siblings and many, many wonderful volunteers. Traci Peplinski and Linda Kroenke, both board members for A Voice Discovered coordinated and ran the camp along with the help of local SLPs, SLP students, respite providers and family members. It was an incredibly fun time for everyone culminating in a Talent Show on the last day where every camper had a chance to perform! We had everything from dance acts to joke tellers! It was amazing and we plan to do it again next year!
The second year of Camp Discover My Voice was just as much fun as the 1st year! We had all of our campers from 2018 return this year with a few new faces in attendance as well. The Bridge Church in Newbury Park generously donated the space again for the week and it was yet again an amazing experience! The campers had a fun-filled week with activities related and un-related to the theme which was various versions of The Three Little Pigs. Each group of campers prepared a play to perform on the last day of camp for their families. Throughout the week they participated in a number of engaging activities which included a visit from a local Ventura County Fire Station and therapy dogs from Love on a Leash Pleasant Valley. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures of the exciting week! Thank you to all of the volunteers who made the week a success!!
Camp DMV 2019 Testimonials
“Sean really thrived in this camp. We are so stoked to have been a part of such an amazing experience. Everyone was so kind, and I cannot think of anything I would change. I'd love the opportunity to do these camps more than once throughout the year.” – Elsa, parent
“Luke got much more exposure to using the iPad to communicate. Communication opportunities were embedded in lots of exciting activities like water play, art, sensory play, lunch time, songs, therapy dogs, the firefighters etc. ... great variety of activity!! Camp Discover My Voice definitely taught my son more about another way to communicate. The week after camp, all his therapists commented on how much more he was talking (both verbally and on his iPad.) – Anonymous, parent volunteer
“I admired all the caring people who dedicated their time and talent to make this camp happen. It gave me a sense of community and hope for our children with special needs and their ability to communicate. It was worth the time to go each day because it challenged me to see how others respond in their environments and how other parents and caregivers responded to the children.” – Parent volunteer
“This was my second year at camp. Last year I learned about the different devices being used by all of the campers, it was so eye opening! I also work with my camper on a weekly basis, at the camp last year he really started using his device more, and has continued to do so, so I think it's amazing for the kids to have the opportunity to come together for a week and really learn to use their voice! From last year to this year I saw so many campers using their devices more, or even talking more! It's an unforgettable and very rewarding experience!” – Jenny C. Volunteer
We are so excited to be hosting Camp DMV back in person again this year at the Bridge Church in Newbury Park again. Camp is the week of July 17th from 9:30AM to 12:00PM. Volunteers are asked to come from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM to help with set-up and clean-up. If you are interested in learning more about attending camp please email Linda Kroenke firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and or to be added to the list. Camp DMV needs volunteers as well. If you are interested in volunteering please email Traci Peplinski email@example.com with any questions and/or to be added to the list.
In 2021, Camp Discover My Voice offered a mostly virtual summer camp where for one week campers met Monday through Thursday on Zoom to participate in songs, games, science experiments and a daily writing activity! On Friday of that week we met in a local park for our final, and messiest science experiment. It was great to see everyone on Zoom and in person and we had so much fun together!