SEE Camp Abilities H2O

For students in grades 8-12 who are blind or visually impaired

Where: Camp Dogwood, Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
When: Sunday, June 23 through Friday, June 28, 2019
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, fish, 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 life jackets 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.

Cost: FREE. SEE Camp Abilities H2O is possible because of grants, sponsorships and the generosity of multiple caring individuals and companies as well as IFB Solutions. Space is limited for the 2019 camp.

Contact: For eligibility guidelines or 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 tube on the lake 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 charge? Camp 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 Programs and Services for IFB Solutions. 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 28 – August 1 in the Nantahala Gorge near Bryson City, NC. At that camp, we’ll hike, climb, raft, zip line 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. 2019 marks the 13th year of SEE summer camps for the blind and visually impaired in Asheville and Winston-Salem, and the third year of SEE Camp Abilities H20.

 

Eligibility Guidelines

Who can come?  SEE Camp Abilities H2O is open to rising 8-12th graders who are blind or visually impaired.  A screening interview with our staff may help us determine whether you are the right fit for camp.

What else are you looking for in campers?  The number one requirement is the right attitude:  prospective campers should be active, engaged, and open to new experiences.   You do not need to have water sports experience, but you should be ready to get some . . .  Here are some other guidelines for eligibility:

  • Campers should be mostly independent. We can help with orientation, medication, or gnarly knots in your shoes, but campers should be able to handle most aspects of self-care independently.
  • Campers should be able to travel independently with minimal mobility limitations. This is an active camp, and we will be on our feet and in the water quite a bit.
  • Campers should possess verbal communication skills appropriate to their age.
  • Campers should not have behaviors that impede the learning of others. We are not able to accommodate campers who are aggressive, defiant, violent, or present a flight risk.
  • While we will provide 24-hour supervision and emergency care as needed, we are not able to provide 24-hour nursing care to campers with significant medical needs.

Please feel free to contact Chris Flynt at cflynt@ifbsolutions.org or (336) 473-2170 with any questions about eligibility.

 

Registration Procedure

How Do I Apply?  The first step is to indicate your interest by contacting Chris Flynt at cflynt@ifbsolutions.org or (336) 473-2170.

Then What?  You will be contacted by a staff member of IFB Solutions. Once eligibility is determined, you will receive detailed information about the camp, as well as an invitation to register online.

Registration opens on January 15 and closes on April 30, 2019, or sooner if the camp slots fill up.

Questions? Concerns? Ideas?  Contact Chris Flynt at cflynt@ifbsolutions.org or (336) 473-2170.

 

Want to know more about SEE Day Camps for students K-12 who are blind or visually impaired?  These fabulous camps provide a mix of education, enrichment, and recreation.  We use certified teachers for the visually impaired to teach independent living skills and to reinforce academic progress.  We provide instruction in cooking, cleaning, and personal organization, as well as teaching blind-specific skills including braille, assistive technology, and orientation and mobility.

In Winston-Salem, SEE Day Camp will run on weekdays from July 8 – July 25 this year.  For more information, contact Kim Flanagan at kflanagan@ifbsolutions.org or (336) 245-5669.

In Asheville, SEE Day Camp will run from June 17 – June 27 this year.  For more information, contact Jay Hardwig at jhardwig@ifbsolutions.org or 828-335-1136.

Child with paddle and life-vest.