Camp Shout Out

Camp Shout Out is dedicated to bringing together youth with fluency disorders, speech therapists, and graduate students, who are guided by fluency specialists to learn, teach, and empower each other to become the best communicators possible in a safe and fun environment.
May 10, 2016

Six is the Magic Number

We can hardly believe that our 6th session of Camp Shout Out: Youth Who Stutter is less than 3 months away!  We have more than 100 people ready to have life changing experiences.

We would like to take the time to  you a  ‘Shout Out’ for your generous donation to our program.  We recently sent out letters awarding scholarships to financially needy campers.  One parent emailed us to tell us when she read the email she woke her son up to share the good news with him, he sat straight up in bed, pumped his fist in the air and exclaimed, "I'm going to Camp Shout Out!!!" Your support makes it possible for financially needy campers to attend our program.

Camp Shout Out is a program born out of a passion to provide help for children and teens who stutter and to provide high quality training to speech-language pathololists, 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.  

Together we are Building Communicators for Life!

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Feb 9, 2016

Gearing up for 2016!

Camp Shout Out 2015 had over 100 participants from all over the world who came together to build a community to support 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 opportunities 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 and take that information home to use with other young people.  

Camp Shout Out is helping build better communicators!  We can't wait to do it again in 2016.

Oct 12, 2015

Camp Shout Out 2015: A Game Changer

Dear Donors:

Just a little over two months ago more than 100 children who stutter, speech-language pathologists and graduate students gathered on the shores of Big Blue Lake in Holton, MI for an amazing week of laughter, tears, networking, learning and fun.

Many powerful experiences happen during the week of camp and others occur once our campers head home and back to school.  Just recently we received this email responding a few statements from a parent of a high school aged camper:

I would encourage any parent who has a child with a stuttering or fluency issue to attend Camp Shout Out because:   

"That child needs to experience a sense of community with other kids who share his/her struggle. The Camp Shout Out experience is THE most effective way to internalize the fact that Lots of kids struggle with fluency issues, and most of them are super cool kids, on their way to becoming super great communicators. Camp Shout Out has helped my son “own” his stuttering. Does that mean he never stutters??? Of course not.  But he can choose to be a confident and effective communicator."


The greatest gift Camp Shout gave my child was

"Independence.  My son’s independence has soared this year since returning from CSO. He has not only taken the responsibility to call and schedule his own ortho appointments, hair cuts and the like (he has conquered his phone fear); he has taken over the grocery shopping for our family. His frustrating search for some item or another lead him to summon his focus resources (proactive, assertive, confident ,effective ,attentive) to ask an employee for help!!!:))) For him, and for us, his parents, this is huge growth . We are so happy and proud."


More than anything Camp Shout Out provided my son with a sense of:

"safety and belonging. If I had to describe what this experience meant to my child I think the best way to sum it up would be to say…..Maturation under the influence of some truly wonderful people of great character"

Stories like this are what keeps each of us working as hard as we can to make a difference in the world for young people who stutter and we COULD NOT do it without YOU.

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.

We believe great communicators change the world. We believe those who stutter can learn to be great communicators.  We believe those who stutter can change the world. We believe they can teach the world to listen.

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.

 

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