SEE Adventure Camp

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Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, North Carolina

When: Sunday, July 22, through Thursday, July 26, 2018

What: An overnight outdoor adventure camp for kids who are blind or have a significant visual impairment, and who are ready to stretch their legs and hit the trail. We plan to hike, raft, climb, swim, and zip in and around the Nantahala Gorge in Western North Carolina. We’ll stay in bunkhouses at the Nantahala Outdoor Center Base Camp.

Who: Camp instructors include certified Teachers for the Visually Impaired and Orientation & Mobility Specialists, along with a few other adventurous souls, both blind and sighted. We’ll be joined by Trevor Thomas from Team FarSight Foundation, a blind hiker who has logged over 20,000 miles in the backcountry.

Eligibility Requirements

Cost: Free. SEE Adventure Camp is supported by the IFB Solutions Foundation, with help from Team FarSight Foundation. All food, activities, and lodging are provided free of charge to campers. There are only 18 spaces available for the 2018 camp.

Contact: For eligibility guidelines or more information, contact Jay Hardwig at 828-335-1136 or jhardwig@ifbsolutions.org

Further Details…
What is It? SEE Adventure Camp is a four-night, five-day outdoor adventure camp for blind youth. We will be based at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in Bryson City, North Carolina. The NOC has been an industry leader since 1972, providing guided outdoor adventures to visitors from around the globe.

What will we do? We plan to hike the local trails, scale a climbing tower, complete a zipline canopy tour, take a dip in Lake Fontana, and of course raft the famous Nantahala River. All trips will be guided by NOC professionals, with assistance from Certified Teachers for the Visually Impaired.

Where will we stay? We’ll have bunkhouse lodging at the Nantahala Outdoor Center basecamp, with separate rooms for boys and girls. Camp counselors will sleep in the bunkhouses to provide 24-hour supervision.

What will we eat? Food will be provided by NOC, with cafeteria-style service and an on-site dining room.

How do I get there? Asheville, North Carolina, is the hub for travel in and out of Western North Carolina. NOC is about an hour from Asheville. If you can get to Asheville—by car, bus, or plane—we’ll get you to camp.

What is the camper/staff ratio? SEE Adventure Camp 2018 will have eighteen campers and ten highly-trained counselors. Camp staff will include both blind and sighted adults, and we will be assisted by NOC staff on our adventures. The Camp Director is Jay Hardwig (MA, COMS, NBCT), a board-certified teacher for the visually impaired and O&M specialist with 20 years of experience in the field.

Is this the same as SEE Camp Abilities H20? Nope. SEE Camp Abilities H20 will be held from June 24-30 at Camp Dogwood in Sherrills Ford, NC. At that camp, we’ll swim, row, kayak, paddleboard, water-ski, and more. For more information about SEE Camp Abilities H20, contact Chris Flynt at cflynt@ifbsolutions.org or (336) 473-2170.

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