Camp Mark 7 has a storied history, starting in 1981 when the Mark Seven Deaf Foundation (M7DF) and Father Tom Coughlin won over five other bidders in bankruptcy court to purchase the historic 7.2-acre campsite.
- 1982: Start-up of the Camp Mark Seven (CM7) programs for deaf and hard of hearing children.
- 1990: CM7 is featured in The New York Times.
- 1992: M7DF becomes a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
- 1997: Kids of Deaf Adults (KODA) Camp program is founded, the first of its kind in the country.
- 1998: CM7 receives coveted accreditation from the American Camping Association (ACA).
- 1999: CM7 receives theACA Eleanor Eels Award for Innovative Camping and Program Excellence.
- 2000: CM7 is featured on the front page of The Watertown Times, Watertown, NY.
- 2001: CM7 and the Central Adirondack Association begin a joint annual 5K and 10K Walk and Fun Run event in Old Forge that continues today.
- 2004: The first M7DF Capital Campaign raises $300,000 over the next several years; The Friends of the Foundation section is established with membership donations starting at $1,000.
- 2006: A fundraiser featuring major baseball league’s Curtis Pride as the guest speaker is held in Maryland.
- 2007: CM7 celebrates its 25th anniversary and KODA Camp’s 10th anniversary with a major reunion. The Tree of LIFE is unveiled to honor CM7’s many donors and supporters.
- 2008: M7DF’s $300,000 capital campaign goal is surpassed, and the Waterfront Beautification Project fundraising project is achieved with the installation of white fencing and lifeguard stations.
- 2010: M7DF hosts the Metamorphosis Gala at the Lincoln Center in NYC in honor of Meredith “Muffy” Greenough.
- 2012: CM7 celebrates its 30th anniversary. The tennis court receives a new blacktop and is now called the multipurpose court.
- 2013: Deaf Film Camp (DFC), is launched.
- 2014: DFC produces a YouTube music video featuring an ASL rendition of Pharrell’s “HAPPY,” which goes viral and is viewed by more than 1.7 million people. This leads to articles in Time, People, The Hollywood Reporter, ABC News, Billboard, Buzzfeed, NY Daily News and several television mentions.
- 2014: The Mohawk Ledge roof is replaced.
- 2015: The Tree of LIFE backdrop is replaced with a North Country permanent backdrop. The Tree and its four islands now hold 300 colored metal leaves and is given a new name: The Tree of LOVE. M7DF hosts the CM7 Gala: A Green Carpet Premiere at the Museum of Moving Image in New York City.
- 2016: CM7 purchases the former Wilcox property next door, adding 4.7 acres to the main camp property.
- 2017: A new waterfront dock replacement takes place, and a bonfire pit with seating is built.
- 2017: CM7 celebrates 35 years of summer programs along with KODA Camp’s 20 years and DFC’s 5 years!
Thanks to amazing support from our donors and friends, M7DF (which supports CM7) has been debt-free for many, many years! We continue to welcome donations for maintenance, programs, scholarships, and many other costs. To donate, click here.