High in the Berkshire Mountains lies a shining lake with a beautiful island in the middle. Each summer, the island beckons deaf and hard of hearing kids from all over the United States to come and enjoy its beauty. 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 communication mode 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.
All the activities at Camp Isola Bella are designed first and foremost to be FUN. Of course, it's fun with a purpose. 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. 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.
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 airport, bus or train station is available free of charge.
139 North Main Street (School Address)
West Hartford, CT 06107
410 Twin Lakes Rd. (Camp Isola Bella)
Taconic, CT 06079
(860) 570-2222 TTY (School)
(860) 824-5558 TTY/Voice (Camp)
(860) 570-2300 Voice (School)
(860) 824-4276 (Camp)