Polaroid photo collage of see students during summer camp 2021

What is S.E.E.?

S.E.E.  stands for Student Enrichment Experience. Our experienced program leaders and camp staff members teach students who are blind or visually impaired life-skills, such as cooking, doing laundry, and making a bed. Students are also provided hands-on learning opportunities and many activities to help them enjoy new experiences. We have afterschool programs during the school year, but each summer, we host camps that are open to students who are blind or visually impaired.

How did it all start?

The first S.E.E. Camp started in 2007 with 8 kids and lasted for one week. Since 2007, our summer camps have grown to offer 11 weeks of fun and serve more than 100 students. We now have camps in Asheville, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte, N.C. Through community donations, we are able to offer this camp experience free of charge for our S.E.E. families.

What do kids do at camp?

During camps, children who are blind or visually impaired are given the opportunity to participate in classic camp activities such as bonfires, ziplining, banana boat rides, and lots of arts and crafts in between.

Summer camp looks a little different for our S.E.E. campers. We have some program leaders who are blind or visually impaired themselves, so our camps are led by people who are just like our campers.

How do our program staff get ready for S.E.E. Camps?

-Making sure that activities are accessible to all campers

-Creating themes that are fun and will allow campers to practice skills as well

-Planning activities that are different from those we did in S.E.E. after school

-Planning out activities throughout the day from seated to mobile and from fine motor to gross motor alternating

-Securing accessible transportation for campers and staff members

Our S.E.E. students love camp because: 

“I have fun!” – Drew

Photo of Drew during a SEE camp field trip

“I like the lunches and it is fun!” – Tanner

Tanner smiling while petting a lizard during SEE camp

“I like seeing other campers!” – Lindy

Lindy petting a turtle during SEE camp

“There is so much to do, and I love field trips!” – Kiyaan

Kiyaan waving to the camera as he checks out a lizard during SEE camp

Our S.E.E. Summer camps are truly a life-changing experience for children who are blind or visually impaired. It is important for our S.E.E. students to experience summer camp just as any other child would.

To learn more about our camps go here.

To donate go here.