Camp I CAN! Ends on a High Note!
Camp I CAN!, our first summer day camp for children 7-13 who are blind or visually impaired, literally did end on a high note. Our campers worked together with camp staff to compose and sing a camp song for the last-day-of-camp on Friday, July 31. And sing they did! It was great fun to hear their enthusiasm as they entertained their parents, family and friends.
Camp I CAN!, jointly sponsored by the Center for Vision Loss and the Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS), was held from July 21-24 and July 28-31, 2014. The goal of the camp was to introduce the participants to essential orientation and mobility training, lifeskills education and socialization through various interactive activities, crafts and field trips. Each activity was designed around educational interventions geared to each camper’s visual strengths and weaknesses to ensure that they would experience successful outcomes and find activities in which they excelled.
But forget about all of the dry explanation–this camp was FUN! In the morning sessions, the kids would work on their orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation and lifeskills. Then in the afternoon, they would apply them through interactive activities including field trips. Trout Park, Jordan Lanes, TD Bank, Allentown Fire Department, the Brass Rail and the Lehigh Valley Zoo all captured the attention of our campers.
Our camp was developed by Rita Lang, our Manager of Innovative Programs and Camp Director, along with our caseworkers Gretchen Evans, Lisa Vasquez and Melanie Huth. Alyssa Johnson was the assistant camp director. Guest instructors included John Ford (Orientation and Mobility), Dianne Michaels (Vision Rehabilitation) and Amy Killeen and Jana Lindsay (BBVA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors). Jeremiah Dubas, Erin Rapp and Amy Crowe provided volunteer support. Staff support included Stephanie Houck, Shirley Moyer, Carla Nemeroff, and Peter Carr. If we left anyone out of this list, we apologize because everyone really pitched in to make the days go by very quickly.
We hope you enjoy the pictures attached to this article. You can find more on our Facebook page at facebook.com/lowvision845 so check it out and don’t forget to like us! And next year be on the lookout for Camp I CAN! 2015–we’ll have some more neat things planned.