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Camp Abilities - Feature Partner Interview

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Camp Abilities is a developmental sports camp for students who are blind and visually impaired that was started twenty-one years ago in Brockport, New York. We chatted with the team at Camp Abilities to find out more about this wonderful organization.

Camp Abilities

Can you tell us a little about Camp Abilities?

The camp was founded on four main purposes:

1) to teach children who are visually impaired how to access sports and recreation, and empower them to know what modifications to make so that they can do them at home,

2) to teach current and future teacher of physical education, vision or special educations, “how to teach kids with visual impairments,”

3) research pertaining to individuals who are visually impaired- physical fitness, nutrition, parent involvement, inclusion and attitudes,

4) and lastly, respite and support for parents of children who are visually impaired.

Are there any recent or upcoming events you are excited about?

We were able to host our first successful Camp Abilities North Florida last year at Camp Chowenwaw in Green Cove Springs, Florida. This year we will have the 2nd Camp Abilities at Montgomery Presbyterian Center, Stark Florida. The campers will participate in adaptive sports including; swimming, Goalball, beep kickball, kayaking, paddling boarding, archery, and more. The will also have opportunities, to fish, tandem bike and participate in camping activities such as, campfires and s’mores.

Does Camp Abilities accept donations? What role do donations play for the organization?

This awesome and life changing experience is not possible without donations. We are only asking the camper and volunteer to donate $100.00 for this amazing week. However the actual expense is $900 per camper, which does not include meals. Meals, all the equipment, the lodging, as well as the staff the volunteer for the week are all funded through donations.
Camp Abilities
How can people find out more or get involved?

There are many ways to get involved with camp abilities:

  1. All information can be found on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/campabilitiesflorida
  2. Donations can be made here: https://www.gofundme.com/dfs4vo
  3. Cocktails for Camp fundraiser on May 21st, 2016 in Jacksonville Beach, FL: http://camp-abilities-north-florida.ticketleap.com/cocktails-for-camp/
Make sure you also check out the great watches available for Camp Abilities here!



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