FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | May 21, 2018
NBCF Hosts Three Weeks of Summer Day Camp Sessions for Students with Visual Impairments
Discovery Day Summer Camp runs for three weeks: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22
LAS VEGAS – Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) will host the only day camp in Southern Nevada designed solely for visually impaired students in grades K-12, complete with adaptive sports, music and dance, arts and crafts activities, and interactive community field trips. Parents can register their children now for the three one-week camp sessions that will take place June 4 – 8, June 11 – 15, and June 18 – 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the new NBCF Learning Center in Henderson. During the week of June 18 – 22, a second camp, the Braille Enrichment for Learning and Literacy (BELL) Academy, will be held at the same location, hosted by the National Federation of the Blind Las Vegas, for students ages 4-12 needing intensive Braille literacy support.
“At NBCF, we treat vision impairment as a diagnosis, not a disability and our Discovery Day Camp reflects that” said Emily Smith, NBCF Executive Director. “Our campers are participating in the same activities as their sighted peers – just adapted to meet their needs. We don’t just talk or read about dolphins, we touch them. We don’t just watch a movie about trains, we get out and ride them. In some cases, I think it actually makes our camp experience better because everything takes a very hands-on approach.”
Campers will participate in adaptive sports activities such as human foosball, circle soccer, and beep archery, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) pursuits such as marbles mazes and math bingo, plus tactile projects, music and dance sessions, and more. Additionally, campers will explore Southern Nevada during field trips to local attractions including the Lion Habitat Ranch, and the Las Vegas Aces.
Discovery Day Summer Camp also includes a Counselor-in-Training component that gives teen campers the opportunity to develop leadership skills, participate in team building activities, and complete community service projects at other local organizations.
Fees for both Discovery Day Summer Camp and the BELL Academy are $50 per week, per participant. To register, please log on to www.nvblindchildren.org/programsor call the NBCF Learning Center at (702) 735-6223.