About the DHH Family Camp

Since 2000, The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Family Camp has been making a difference in the lives of children and their families. Each year our camp is held over Memorial Day weekend at a YMCA facility in Julian. In 2013 we were honored to become California Hands and Voices DHH Family Camp. (Watch a video that explains more about camp.)

California Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without bias regarding communication modes or methodology. We’re a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities (including DHH Family camp), parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing to reach their highest potential.

At DHH Family Camp parents are respectful and non-judgmental. Each family has the unique opportunity to learn from and be supported by families who have children of all ages and who use a wide range of communication opportunities within their family. Parents attend educational seminars that focus on the family; including sibling and family bond and a variety of complex issues related to raising DHH children.

This event has become an anchor for many families who have come to value the opportunity to renew and create lasting friendships. You can find more information about the meals, facilities, cabins and other important information about Camp Marston at http://www.camp.ymca.org/camp-marston.html

We hope that you will join us at camp this year!


Important resources for camp

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Camp Brochures

Find out more information about the DHH Family Camp by downloading the camp brochure:

Sample Camp Schedule

4:00 pm—Arrival and check-in
6:00 pm—Dinner
7:00 pm—Orientation & parent’s icebreaker | Children’s activities
8:45 pm—Parent pick-up children

7:45 am—Breakfast
8:30 am—Group photo | Family opening circle
9:15 am—Parent education sessions | Children’s activities
12:00 pm—Lunch
1:00 pm—Parent education sessions | Children’s activities
2:30 pm—Family free time (games, t-shirt tie dying, pool, archery, riflery, crafts, etc.)
5:45 pm—Dinner
6:30 pm—Skit practice
6:45 pm—Campfire program
8:00 pm—Sing for s’mores
9:00 pm—Family night hike

8:00 am—Breakfast
8:45 am—Parent education sessions | Children’s activities
11:30 am—Slide show & volunteer recognition
12:00 pm—Camp Ends

Please note: Volunteers will be responsible for supervising children during children’s activities only. Parents are expected to be responsible for their children at all other times.

Camp Location

Family camp is held at Camp Marston, a 230 acre mountain retreat in the San Diego County mountains. Each of the lodges has four bedrooms which sleep up to six people each (in some cases two families will be housed in the same room). There is a nice sized community room complete with couches, tables and a wood-stove. Each lodge has a men's and women's bathroom and showers just down the hall, complete with all the modern conveniences.

The grass sports area provides a wonderful setting for our outdoor activities and nearby trails and forests invite families to enjoy the picturesque hills of Julian. Parent meetings are held in the Holmes Lodge, a spacious meeting room that can easily accommodate our growing group.

More information about Camp Marston is available here.

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Children's Activities

While parents attend workshops, the children will participate in groups supervised by well-trained volunteers. Many of the counselors have a hearing loss and serve as terrific role models. The children will enjoy arts & crafts, hiking, sports, and games with other deaf, hearing and hard-of-hearing campers. Children 1 and under remain with their parents.

If you are interested in volunteering and are at least 16 years old please click here to visit our Volunteers page.

Camp Leaders

Syndi Lyon - Co-Director (camp@cahandsandvoices.org) Syndi and her husband, Rod, live in San Diego County where they are raising their three children; Zander who is hearing, Carleigh who was diagnosed at birth as having severe to profound hearing loss and wears bilateral cochlear implants, and Siena who is hearing. Both Rod and Syndi are teachers with the Carlsbad Unified School District. Syndi is also the Walk Day Chair for the Hearing Loss Association of America San Diego Walk4Hearing.

Kristal Molina - Co-Director (camp@cahandsandvoices.org) Kristal and her husband live in San Diego. They are parents of Lily who is Deaf (14) and Josiah (11) who is hearing. Lily was identified with a profound hearing loss after a battle with Spinal Meningitis at 10 months and later received cochlear implants. Lily uses American Sign Language and English. Kristal works for Parent Links supporting families with newly identified DHH children.

Michelle Froman – Volunteer Coordinator and Children’s Program Director (campvolunteers@cahandsandvoices.org) Michelle is a DHH Auditory-Oral Educator for San Diego Unified School District. Michelle lost her hearing as an adult and recently received bilateral cochlear implants.

Robin Dougherty – Administration (daverobin4527@att.net) Robin and her husband, David, live in San Diego. They are the parents of two children: Kelly (14) who is hard of hearing and Jacob (13) who is hearing. Kelly has a moderate to profound hearing loss, was fitted with hearing aids at age 3, and was later diagnosed with EVAS (enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome). Kelly uses both English and American Sign Language; Robin is slowly learning ASL.

Christina Leo – Teen Party (c.leo12@yahoo.com) Christina and her family live in San Diego. Christina is the older sister to two brothers, both are Deaf and she has been a volunteer at DHH Family camp since 2006. Her passion is to open a coffee shop and she is currently in school preparing to achieve that dream. At camp, Christina is in charge of the teen party and is a leader for one of the children’s groups and supports the volunteers / children's program as needed.

Susan Popov (SPopov@cahandsandvoices.org) Susan and her husband Sascha live in San Diego, CA. They are the proud parents of two beautiful young adults. Victoria was diagnosed as being bilaterally severe-profoundly deaf at the age of 18 months. She was fitted for hearing aids and started speech therapy. She received her 1st CI/Cochlear Implant at age 8; and 2nd CI during mainstream high school at the age of 17 years. She passionately learned ASL in high school and loves using both her hands and voice. Currently, Tori is a college student at RIT/Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. She has a Biomedical Science major in the College of Health, Science and Technology. Their son, Michael, is hearing and is a strong advocate of his sister Tori. He is attending CSUN/Cal-State Northridge University, CA, with a Film major in the College of Cinematography. Interestingly, both RIT and CSUN offer many college options for kids who are D/HH. Susan has been a D/HH Family Camp supporter for over 15 years. She remains a committee member of the Annual D/HH Family Camp, in Julian, CA, over Memorial Day Weekend.

Cora Shahid - Registration (registration@cahandsandvoices.org) Cora and her husband, Naseer, live in San Diego with their three children; Christina (adult volunteer), Zain (11) and Ibrahim (5), both of her boys are Deaf. Their family has attended DHH Family camp every year since 2005! She currently works for Parent Links supporting families with newly identified DHH children ages 0-3, serves as the Membership Chair for California Hands & Voices and is responsible for registration for DHH Family Camp.

David Whittaker - Webmaster (webmaster@cahandsandvoices.org) David has lived in San Diego since 2008 with his husband, Ross. He majored in Deaf Education from Flagler College and was interpreter-certified in the state of Florida. He has been volunteering with various D/HH camps and events since 2000 and once had a Deaf little brother as part of the Big Brother, Big Sister program. David has developed several Android games and apps that are now published in the Google Play store.

Thank you

Thank you Linda Dye and Melanie Doyle, co-founders of the DHH Family Camp, for your vision and passion to make camp a reality! And, thank you Daniel Froman for your many years of service as a Volunteer Coordinator at DHH Family Camp.


In order to maintain the respectful integrity of our events, we unfortunately also reserve the right to deny access to participants with or without cause upon the vote of at least two-thirds of the supervising committee for the event in question. This includes camp registration for campers, families, volunteers and staff, and participation at any CA-H&V event. We apologize for having to reserve this option, but we hope and expect it won't be needed.