Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Sessions

Bear Lake Camp offers two separate one week sessions for youth with visual impairments.  The sessions are developed and coordinated by a teacher of the blind and visually impaired.  It focuses on having fun while developing self-concepts, social skills, orientation and mobility, independence with daily living skills, and acquiring outdoor recreation skills.

We encourage families and their campers to let our VI staff know if you have been working on a specific skill and what techniques you’re practicing so we can be consistent with your progress. 

Please read carefully as the two sessions we are offering have changed.  In order to better meet the needs of our campers we are offering two individual one week traditional camp sessions for youth with visual impairments.  Some activities may be offered during both sessions, but some activities may only be offered during one session or the other. These details are listed below to help you and your camper decide when he/she would like to join us for some summer fun!  All campers are welcome and encouraged (but not required) to attend both sessions. We look forward to being apart of your summer fun! Please contact our program coordinator if you have questions specific to the VI Sessions. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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?

July 10-16, 2022

Campers that attend our first session are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience during an overnight camp out and making their dinner over the campfire. Campers will work as a team during our annual field day to compete in some crazy activity challenges both at the field and of course at our water front.   Some of our daily activities may include arts and crafts, nature, swimming, swim lessons, boating, challenge course, archery, and beep ball.