Camp Shout Out: Youth Who Stutter

by Camp Shout Out

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.

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.

Dear Camp Shout Out Friends:

We are less than 4 weeks away from our 45h 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.  

There's still snow on the ground, the lake is frozen, and the temperatures are below freezing BUT THE SUN IS SHINING!!

As we are gearing up for our 5th 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 returning 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.

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Just this past August  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 from a parent of a high school aged camper:

"On the first day of school my son came home and told me that this new teacher made each student get up in front of the class and talk about themselves.  You know my heart sank, until all of a sudden he gets this big grin on his face and says, "I did it!" I asked him if he was scared, he said, "no mom, I just got up, took a breath, and talked and I didn't stutter!" Now  if you know my son like the rest of us and I know you do, that is just not him. I am so proud of him and I told him so. He said mom, don't cry. He says he is not going to do that in his English class because the bullies are in there, but THIS IS A BIG STEP!

Will you please share this with  every one who was involved with him these past few years. There is such a difference in him when he gets home from camp! You all make such a difference in his life and I am so thankful!. I just had to share this with you!"

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 this 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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Camp Shout Out

Location: Muskegon, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.campshoutout.org
Project Leader:
Julie Raynor
Muskegon, MI United States
$12,363 raised of $25,000 goal
 
71 donations
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