Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Sessions
   

Bear Lake Camp offers two separate one week sessions for blind and visually impaired youth.  The sessions are developed and coordinated by a teacher of the blind and visually impaired.  It focuses on having fun while developing self-concepts, relationship learning, independence with daily living skills and acquiring outdoor skills. Both sessions include: swimming, hiking, crafts, nature, archery, teambuilding course, rock wall and zip line.

Older campers have the option to  participate in leadership development activities. The leadership development program runs through two summers with elevated experience and responsibilities in the 2nd year. Participants in the leadership development program must have been a camper for the regular Blind and Visually Impaired Youth Camp. The programs are financially supported by Lions, Lioness and Leo clubs throughout Michigan.  There is a $50.00 registration fee.

 

Is my child eligible to attend?




If you answer yes to one of the following questions your child may be eligible to attend.

  • Is your child totally blind?
  • Is your child legally blind or low vision (20/70 or worse with correction)?
  • Does your child have vision in one eye?

If you answer yes to the following questions, your child may be eligible to attend.

  • Does your child have an IEP in which they receive services due to their vision loss?
  • Is your child between the ages of 7 and 15 years old?
 

Open House

We extend an invitation to all interested families to see our camp and get a feel for our programs on this special day.  Activities will be provided for children and tours and informational sessions provided for parents and others.  A lunch is included.  Pre-registration is necessary.  The Open House is on July 2, 2017 from 12:00 noon through 3:00 p.m.,. 
 

TO REGISTER:

 
Register Online: REGISTER NOW!!
Download Form: OPEN HOUSE REGISTRATION FORM
Request Information: INFORMATION REQUEST FORM
   

Level1, July 9-156, 2017

 

 This session is for the visually impaired child that has never been away from home and also returning campers.  It is a one week long introduction to camping.  The focus will be to give basic introduction to camp activities, independence with daily living skills, mobility around camp and living with  a cabin group. Campers will have exposure to the same camp activities with more flexibility to meet the needs of newer campers. Children in this session must be able to demonstrate the following or with more independence:

  • May need a sighted guide or assistance traveling with their groups at camp.
  • May need help cutting food and getting their tray.
  • May need counselor assistance to facilitate peer to peer interactions.
  • May need help organizing belongings/clothing within the cabin (picking outfits, sorting clean and dirty, knowing where their belongings are, etc.)
  • Can shower and toilet independently (girls may need assistance washing hair).

If you think your child would enjoy a camp experience, but he/she needs occasional assistance, this may be the camp for your child.

  
Level 2, July 23-29, 2017 

Our camp for lifers is our traditional camp session.  This session is one week long.  Campers will have the opportunity to learn outdoor skills with an increasing challenge and independence.  We encourage campers that would like to attend this session to also attend our Level 1 session.  This provided them with more time to become comfortable with camp in order to be able to demonstrate more independence and challenge themselves more within the program. Campers in this session must:

  • Have been to camp previously (New campers may apply for both sessions.  Acceptance to level 2 will be determined by the coordinator at the completion of Level 1)
  • Be able to travel with a group independently, with verbal prompts, or minimal adult assistance.
  • May need assistance getting his/her tray but eats independently.
  • Minimal counselor assistance to facilitate peer interactions.
  • Understands and is independent with his/her system to keep belongings organized within the cabin.
  • Can shower and toilet independently (girls may need assistance with washing hair)
  • Understands camp is a safe place to step outside his/her comfort zone. Willing to create a challenge by choice.
   

Leadership Development

 
Leadership Development is a special session that focuses on leadership skills and responsibilities in the camp environment.  Participants gain knowledge of how to be an effective leader and team member.  The program runs over two summers.  The first summer being more of an introduction and the second summer provided more hands on opportunity to demonstrate and develop skills.  You must have been a camper at Bear Lake Camp and be 15-16 years of age.
 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Register Online:

REGISTER NOW
Download Application: VISUALLY IMPAIRED & BLIND APPLICATION
  LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 1ST YEAR
  LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 2ND YEAR
Request Information: INFORMATION REQUEST FORM

 

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