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Camp Independence is a residential camp for blind and visually impaired youth between the ages of 12 and 17. Tentative camp dates for 2017 are Sunday July 9th to July 14th, 2017. This will be the 17 year for Camp Independence. The location is Wheeling Jesuit University, conveniently located near Interstate 70 in a low traffic residential part of Wheeling. Campers reside in a college dormitory and get a taste of living away from home and on a college campus.

Campers are given the opportunity to try and succeed at new skills in a safe, secure and positively supported atmosphere. The only cost involved with camp is a nominal registration fee of -twenty five (25) dollars. If this is a financial hardship sponsors will be found. All transportation, food, snacks, refreshments and admissions are paid for by the Seeing Hand Association.

Independence is stressed while the campers participate in activities designed to develop self esteem, educational skills, healthy exercise and social interaction. Campers are exposed to successful blind and visually impaired adults and are encouraged to try new things. Most of our campers leave Camp Independence with the belief that they can do anything they set their mind to doing. This, we hope leads to the empowerment of this valuable group of American citizens.

Camp Independence is directed by a certified VI (instructor of the visually impaired). This enables the Camp Director to bring her/his professional skills to bare in a relaxed summer camp setting. An RN is with us all week and we hope her/his skills are not needed. The camp activities vary from year to year, but past activities have included: a day at

Oglebay Park; a day at Wheeling Park; amphibian tours; amusement parks; boat rides; bowling; camp fires; Carnegie Museums; computer training; cooking; crafts; demonstration of service animals; dining out; fishing; game design and playing; ghost story tellers; going to a movie; golf; horseback riding; journaling; a day at Kennywood Amusement Park; kite flying; kayaking; nature walks; paddle boats; petting zoos; picnics; pottery; putt-putt golf; golf; scrap booking; speakers on college life; speakers on food preparation; speakers on fitness; story tellers; swimming; the Incline in Pittsburgh; toy making; tram rides; volleyball; and more!

In addition to the skills and leadership, the opportunity to spend time with other young adults facing the same challenges may be the chance of a life time to interact with peers struggling with the turmoil of the teen years. Lifelong friendships are made and as the TV commercial teaches us, these are priceless!


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