Camp History

The Bob Rumball Camp of the Deaf was established in 1960 as a project of the Evangelical Church of the Deaf and the Ontario Mission of the Deaf. The pastor of the Deaf Church, Rev. Bob Rumball had a vision to have a facility in the heart of Ontario where a Deaf child could enjoy everything that a summer camp could offer, but in an environment without any communication barriers. The Bob Rumball Camp of the Deaf is that place, a place of opportunity for Deaf and special needs people.

In 1992 a decision was made to expand our facility and open up on a year round basis and a major fundraising campaign began. In the summer of 1993 we opened the doors of the Don Durno Lodge, a winterized facility housing a full size gym, assembly hall, dining room and accommodation for 100 people.

Today, we can house over 200 guests at any given time in year round dormitories, cottages and special needs guest rooms.
In the past 50 years we have helped build confidence, skills and leadership in hundreds of campers. Many, perhaps most, of these campers require financial assistance to attend. Our thanks to the many wonderful service clubs, organizations and individuals who have made camp possible for these children through sponsorships.

Find out more about sponsoring a camper.

The Bob Rumball Camp of the Deaf is operated by the Ontario Mission of the Deaf and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

A Complete History of the Ontario Camp of the Deaf:
1960s and 1970s
1980s and 1990s
2000s through present day