What is Camp H.E.A.R. ?

Camp H.E.A.R. is a one of its kind retreat designed specifically for children with hearing loss and their families.  The entire family is invited to attend and spend the weekend at Doe River Gorge, one of the regions most spectacular summer camp facilities.  Best of all the entire weekend is offered at NO COST thanks to a grant from the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities!

Children will participate in traditional summer camp activities, as well as some very unique adventures like train rides through the gorge and rides aboard a UNIMOG 4x4 military vehicle.  Parents will also have the opportunity to attend a free optional IEP workshop presented by TN STEP to learn about dealing with challenges in the school system.  Representatives from Cochlear Americas and Advanced Bionics will also be on hand to answer questions about new features and technology for cochlear implant recipients.  Camp will be staffed with volunteers familiar with hearing technology.

Who can attend ?

Camp H.E.A.R. is open to any child age 5-13 with documented hearing loss AND their immediate family (hearing siblings are encouraged to attend as well). Ages 14-17 are encouraged to contact us for information on becoming a Teen Leader at camp.


*Please note: Online registration does not guarantee a spot at camp. A more detailed registration packet will be mailed to you and campers will be notified when their spot is confirmed. Unfortunately space is limited and we can only accept a fixed number of families. Preference will be given to families within The Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities service area.  (This includes the counties of Carter, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington in Tennessee and Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise in Virginia.)  Because of the nature of camp, preference will also be given to children seeking a  hearing and spoken language outcome.  Questions about camp can be e-mailed to