Camp Shout Out: Youth Who Stutter

Jun 25, 2014

See You in August!

Dear Camp Shout Out Friends:

We are less than 8 weeks away from our 4th season of Camp Shout Out: Youth Who Stutter and we would like to take the time to give a ‘Shout Out’ to EACH OF YOU for your generous donation to our program.  Our campers are going be amazed at the activities we have been able to plan because of your contributions. 

One parent of a camper told us: “Camp Shout Out is the one place where my son feels like he belongs. It is a space where not only is he working on his communication skills, but where he also has friends. Friends who understand what he goes through daily. My son has been bullied about his stuttering, but when he comes home from Camp Shout Out he sticks up for himself. His confidence soars!”

Camp Shout Out: Youth Who Stutter is a program born out of a passion to provide help for children and teens who stutter, to make their world a better place and with your help we are meeting that goal.

We are honored by your support of our program and hope you will continue to join us in making the world a better place for young people who stutter.  


Apr 22, 2014

The Snow is Gone and Summer is Around the Corner....

Dear Donors:

The snow has melted, the lake is sparkling, camper enrollments are in, speech pathologists and graduate students are registered, activities are planned and now all we need is for summer to arrive!

Returning campers have reported to us that they can’t wait to ride horses, zoom down the zip line, climb the rock wall and work on their communication skills. Most of all they can’t wait to see their ‘camp family’ and make new friends.

As we are gearing up for our 4th session of Camp Shout Out: Youth Who Stutter, we would like to take the time to THANK EACH OF YOU for your generous donation to our program.

Camp Shout Out: Youth Who Stutter is a program born out of a passion to provide help for children and teens who stutter, to make their world a better place and we believe with your help we are meeting that goal.

One of our new campers wrote an essay and stated the following: “……I WILL make a change in the world for the stuttering community, whether it’s just a simple paper about us, or a life changing discovery. We all have to start somewhere and I’m starting at Camp Shout Out”

We are honored by your support of our program and hope you will continue to join us in making the world a better place for young people who stutter.


Dec 2, 2013

Big Shout Outs!!!

You Can Change The World
You Can Change The World

Fifteen year old Ted had stuttered as long as he could remember.  Ted had been teased by kids in his school and neighborhood, he was laughed at when he talked and in 4th grade his teacher marked him down on an oral report because of his stuttering.

Ted was looking forward to attending Camp Shout Out for his very first time. He said that he wanted to learn to be more social, see how other kids his age dealt with stuttering, and maybe learn some new strategies. Because of generous donations through globalgiving we were able to provide Ted with a full scholarship.  He was packed and ready to go.  The week before the start of camp, Ted's mom called  to withdraw him from the camp roster, it seems that the family had car trouble and were not going to be able to drive him to camp, 5 hours from their home.

The camp staff quickly got together and made arrangements for Ted to fly to camp, using donations obtained through globalgiving. Ted, who had never flown before, boarded the plane and made his way to Michigan.  That was the first but not the only couragous thing Ted did during his week at Camp Shout Out.  

Ted joined 35 campers, speech-language pathologists,  graduate students,  volunteers, recreation staff, and faculty at the 3rd session of Camp Shout Out on Big Blue Lake in Muskegon County, Michigan.  He participated in speech therapy embedded within everyday activities.  He swam, climbed a rock wall, rode horses, slept in a cabin with his peers, went boating, built a rocket, and most of all, Ted COMMUNICATED!  He shared perceptions and feelings about stuttering and about being bullied, with small groups and in front of the entire camp! Ted grew taller during his week at Camp Shout Out, both physically and emotionally!

When the camp session was over and everybody had transitioned back to their own schools and jobs we received a letter from Ted's mom:

"It just does not seem enough to just say "thank you." You all have truly touched Ted's life and to hear all of his positive experiences with camp and everybody he met, brings me to tears! We will be putting to good use the things that he has learned and looking forward to more information as it comes in. This experience was so amazing for him, that when he got up for his first day of school, he had no fear! He had a huge smile on his face and was ready to face this new chapter in his life! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!"

We wanted to share this story with you, because your donation helped to make a real and positive impact on this young man's life.  If it were not for you and your contribution Ted would not have been able to attend Camp Shout Out and learn that the most important thing for him to do is to: KEEP ON TALKING!

We would like to give you a thank you and a Shout Out for helping to change the world for kids who stutter!

Kind Regards,

Julie Raynor, M.A. CCC-SLP
Camp Shout Out Director
Kristin A. Chmela, M.A. CCC-SLP, BRS-FD
Camp Shout Out Director of Training and Treatment


Sep 12, 2013

Camp Shout Out 2013

Camp Shout Out Rocks
Camp Shout Out Rocks

Camp Shout Out 2013 was better than ever!

We had close to 100 participants from all over the world who came together to build a community that supported young people who stutter.

Every day the campers challenged themselves to become better communicators. They volunteered to read announcements, to talk over the loud speaker and to deliver messages. They practiced talking on the phone, ordering from a menu, and telling jokes to friends. They worked hard and took advantage of the opportunity they were given.  Campers also participated in traditional summer camp activities: they swam, rode horses, walked on the high ropes course...and of course, sang ridiculous camp songs.  Parents reported that their children came home from camp full of confidence and willingness to speak more at home and at school.

The speech-language pathologists and graduate students participated in state-of-the-art training from several well known specialists in fluency disorders.  They were able to learn about working with kids who stutter in a way that they will be able to take home and immediately use with other young people.  

Camp Shout Out is changing the world for young people who stutter.  We can't wait to do it again in 2014.

Change the World
Change the World
The Camp Shout Out Family
The Camp Shout Out Family


Jun 14, 2013

Camp Shout Out Update


Hello Camp Shout Out Friends:

Camp staff has been very busy planning for the third session of camp to be held in August as well as participating in  community events.

We were invited to host an aid station for the Fifth-Third River Bank Run held in Grand Rapids, MI in May.  The River Bank Run is described as being the largest 25K race in the United States.  We handed out nearly 6000 cups of water, 6000 cups of Gatorade and several thousand cups of ice.  Campers, parents, friends, previous camp participants and camp staff  all enjoyed dressing up like pirates and being a part of this amazing event. Many of the volunteers were ready to sign up for the May 2014 race.

Our camper, speech-language pathologist and graduate student enrollments for the Camp Shout Out 2013 session are at capacity. We have participants attending from several states, Canada, Guatemala, and South Korea, which will make this a truly global experience.

We can't wait for August to see old friends and welcome new members into our 'camp family'.

Little Pirate!
Little Pirate!

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Camp Shout Out

Muskegon, MI, United States

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Julie Raynor

Muskegon, MI United States

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