SEE Camp Abilities H2O

 

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Where:  Camp Dogwood, Sherrills Ford, North Carolina

When:  Sunday, June 24 through Saturday, June 30; families for Family Retreat Thursday through Saturday (separate registration)

What:  An overnight water sports camp for kids who are blind or visually impaired, and who are ready to dip their toes (and more) in the water.  We’ll swim, row, kayak, water-ski, and splash around from our home base on the shores of Lake Norman, and throw in a trip to the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte for good measure.  Novices are welcome, and lifejackets plentiful: all that’s required is a willingness to try new things and get wet.  We’ll have evening activities too.

Camp instructors include certified Teachers for the Visually Impaired and Orientation & Mobility Specialists, along with Camp Dogwood’s summer staff and a few favorite counselors from our SEE programs.

Who:  Camp is open to rising 8-12th graders who are blind or visually impaired and are active and have age-appropriate independent living skills.

Eligibility Requirements

Cost:  FREE.  SEE Camp Abilities H2O is supported by IFB Solutions, and is FREE of charge for all students.  Space is limited for the 2018 camp.

Contact:  For more information, contact Chris Flynt at cflynt@ifbsolutions.org or (336) 473-2170.

Further Details…

What is it?  SEE Camp Abilities H2O is a week-long overnight water sports camp for youth who are blind and visually impaired.  We will be based at Camp Dogwood in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina (about an hour’s drive from Charlotte and Winston-Salem).

What will we do?  Hit the water!  We’ll review basic swimming and water-safety techniques, and provide instruction in rowing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding as well.  There will also be opportunities to water ski, wakeboard, and take a ride on a pontoon boat, and a few of us may go fishing too.  We’ll offer other activities and games in the evenings for all participants.

Where will we stay?  We’ll stay in the dormitories at Camp Dogwood.  Campers will share a room with one other camper, and each room has a private bathroom.  There are also common areas for our use.  Camp counselors will sleep in the dorms to provide 24-hour supervision.

What will we eat?  All meals will be provided by Camp Dogwood.  Campers can bring extra snacks and drinks if they wish.

How do I get there?  Camp Dogwood is located at 7050 Camp Dogwood Dr., Sherrills Ford, NC 28673. Detailed directions available upon request.

Who’s in chargeCamp staff will include both blind and sighted adults, and we will be assisted by Camp Dogwood counselors as well.  The Camp Director is Chris Flynt, the director of A Brighter Path Programs.  Water sports instruction will be directed by Brittany Wilson. Other counselors will be a mix of TVIs, SEE camp counselors, and Camp Dogwood staff.

Is this the same as the SEE Adventure Camp?  Nope.  The SEE Outdoor Adventure Camp will be held from July 22-26 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC.  At that camp, we’ll hike, climb, raft, zipline and more.  For more information about SEE Adventure Camp, contact Jay Hardwig at jhardwig@ifbsolutions.org or 828-335-1136.

Who are you guys again?  The Student Enrichment Experience (SEE) program is supported by IFB Solutions.  2018 marks the 12th year of SEE summer camps for the blind and visually impaired in Asheville and Winston-Salem, and the second year of SEE Camp Abilities H20.

 

 

 

 

SEE Students on paddle boards at Camp H2O