National Association of the Deaf

YLC Program

NAD YLC offers a variety of exciting wilderness adventures, including mental and physical activities. Here is an overview of the program:

  • Class Day
  • Theme Day
  • Outdoor Hiking Trip
  • Field Trips

Class Day

  • Calisthenics: A morning routine where leaders memorize the Jr. NAD motto, slogan and creed.
  • Camp Council: Leaders learn to discuss topics and priorities, using their parliamentary procedure skills. Leaders run for chairperson positions and are responsible for organizing a number of special events.
  • Outdoor Living Skills (OLS): A class that teaches leaders the art of the outdoors. This class will provide leaders the opportunity to appreciate nature and to cherish the earth.
  • Daily Drum (Media): Leaders' time to prepare the newsletters, collect photos for Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr; and create vlogs for the daily NAD YLC blog.
  • Discovery: An outdoor team-building class to instill trust in both individuals and the group as a whole.

Evening Programs:

An opportunity to develop team-building skills and learn to address key issues in different capacities. Such programs include:

  • Camp Bowl
  • Debate Time
  • ASL Storytelling Night
  • Youth Leadership Ambassador Competition
  • NAD YLC Olympics
  • Mystery Night
  • Improv Night
  • Fireside Chats

Theme Day

There are various theme days including Organizational Day and Olympics Day. This includes workshops and hands-on activities. Workshop presenters are deaf and hard of hearing community leaders from all over the nation, who provide their insight and knowledge, particularly in the field of leadership and advocacy based on the theme of the day. The guest speakers also share their personal experiences during Fireside Chats.

Outdoor Hiking Trip

There is a hiking trip where leaders will apply the skills they learned from Outdoor Living Skills classes. In addition, leaders will develop respect for the environment. As a result, leaders return to their home, school, and respective community as a better, productive, and positive citizen.

Field Trips

There are several all-day trips that include the beach, mall/laundry, and hiking at Silver Falls.

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