Explore Discovery Retreat
A place where deaf and hard of hearing students
discover who they are and who they want to be!
Discovery Retreat is a place for students, of both oral and signing backgrounds, to interact with a variety of peers as they all seek to discover who they are and who they want to be! These retreats focus on promoting open-minded attitudes towards all types of communication, meeting peer and adult role models, and career exploration.
A typical Discovery Retreat includes team-building and problem-solving activities, a low ROPES challenge course, skits, and free time for games and socialization.
Oral and sign language interpreters, as well as CART (captioning), are provided for large group activities.
What is Discovery Retreat?
Discovery Retreat Introduction Video
Articles about Discovery Retreat:
- Leadership Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (article from Odyssey Magazine, 2006)
- Discovery Retreat: A Promising Practice (Article by The University of Washington DO-IT Project, 2013)
- Discovery Retreat: A Weekend Retreat Model for Mainstream Students (Article by Endeavor Magazine, American Society of Deaf Children, Winter 2015)
- Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Schoolchildren (a book by Gina A. Oliva & Linda Risser Lytle, 2014). This book has a chapter on summer camps and weekend programs and several pages in this chapter focus on Discovery Retreat.