Camp staff is composed of qualified administrative and activity coordinators, counselors and Volunteers. They must be over 18 years of age and fluent in sign language. Counselors are selected from qualified students, teachers, deaf adults and dedicated Lions. Many were once Wilderness Campers themselves. One counselor is provided for each five campers. A special Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is provided 16-17 year olds who would like to gain the skills and experience to be future staff members. They are given training in various skills and work in groups with qualified counselors. Applications are available online.

Camp Program Director

David Velasquez

David Velasquez

I participated in Lions wilderness Deaf Camp since 1999 under directed by Beverly “Popo” Propes. I have been as a counselor, drama instructor, and administrative staff. I am deaf child to hearing parents. I learned to speak and read lips at young age until I was 11 and learned to use American Sign Language. I graduated from Long Beach Community College with Associated of Arts emphasized with Special Education. I found my passion working with deaf/hard of hearing children at this camp and got in my major as a teacher to deaf/ hard of hearing preschoolers. My favorite camping location with my family is at Yosemite National Park and El Capitan State Beach. Looking forward to working with children year after year.


Employment Opportunities

Interested individuals from age 18 and above who are fluent in ASL (American Sign Language) and can move along the Signed Communication continuum are encouraged to apply for employment at camp. Various positions are available: counselors; activity staff; security; interpreters; administrative staff; instructors (must have current and valid license or certificate to be lifeguards-both at pool and lakes, archery instructor, etc.) and volunteers are warmly welcomed. All participants must uphold the social theme of inclusion. Information forms are available for download.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers shall be utilized to the maximum extent possible based upon their qualifications and desires as stated on the Online Program Staff Application (Paid & Volunteer) or the Online Support Volunteer Application. Volunteers may be used in any position at camp without exception, however, the prime consideration is to provide the highest quality camp experience possible with an underlying purpose of providing employment for members of the Deaf community. Qualified members of the Deaf community shall be used in the majority of the camp activities and counselor staff positions. Vacant positions shall be first filled by qualified Lion volunteers, then by qualified non-Lion volunteers, and finally by qualified paid staff. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied and under the direct supervision of an adult parent or guardian at all times while at camp. Information forms for volunteer positions are available for download.

The camp dining hall