[blindkid] Blind Camps

Heather craney07 at rochester.rr.com
Thu Jun 3 23:56:14 UTC 2010


Well, your children are very lucky, as that is not the normal sort of blind 
camp experiance.  Would you mind sharing which camps those were, as I am 
often asked by blind parents of blind children, and some sighted ones too, 
if there are any good camps out there that are short, fun, that are adaptive 
in some non-invasive ways, but rich and full and "normal", and the only one 
I can honestly recommend is only for eight to twelve teens, in NYS, which 
doesn't help most of them much.  If there are some good camps out there, it 
would be great to have that information to pass along.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Susan Harper" <sueharper at firstchurchgriswold.org>
To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)" 
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Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2010 7:18 PM
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Blind Camps


> You have to understand that the camps my children attended, they were
> expected to do the same things their non handicapped peers were expected 
> to
> do, like set tables, clean up, help in the kitchen, arts and crafts,
> archery, fishing, etc., all part of camp but things they would be learning
> that they would not otherwise have an opportunity to do.  I am looking
> forward to a time when my son with his visual impairment can make the most
> of his summer camp.  My point is that there are many ways to learn and 
> camp
> is a fun adventure that will stay with the kids all of their lives and 
> they
> may make life long friends, as my son did.  All disabilities have their
> challenges, which can be overcome with proper education and opportunities!
> To all those attending camp, have a wonderful summer.
>
> Our family will be embarking on a sabbatical in our RV, starting in Maine,
> progressing to Canada, then to New York Niagra Falls, then across the
> northeast, meandering down through the southern states and ending in in 
> Key
> West.  Keep us in your prayers for a safe journey.  The children and we 
> are
> so excited that this opportunity has presented itself.  It will be a time
> for all of us to remember as a family!
>
> Happy Trails everyone!
> Blessings,
> Sue H.
>
> On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 6:59 AM, Jessica <jess28 at samobile.net> wrote:
>
>> Sue and All,
>> You've also got to remember the Blind Camps do a couple of things
>> differently then a regular summer camp for the sighted children would. 
>> The
>> Blind camps are generally set up to where the blind and visually impaired
>> students get intense training in the blindness specific skills such as
>> Braille, Adaptive Daily Living Skills, Computers, Adaptive Physical
>> Education, and Orientation and Mobility. Also, we did different 
>> activities
>> every evening.
>> I had the pleasure of attending a Blind Camp for the Summers of 1993-1997
>> or 1994 to 1997. Then going back and working for the Summer Camp in 2001. 
>> It
>> was the Summer Camp run by the Outreach Director at the School for the 
>> Blind
>> at the time.
>> Jessica
>>
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