Lions hear about Camp For The Blind

Published 4:41 pm Friday, June 19, 2009

Cary Vanlandingham, vice president of the Georgia Lions Camp For The Blind near Waycross and a member of the Calvary Lions Club, talked about the camp’s mission and activities during a Wednesday address to the Bainbridge Lions Club.

“Our mission at the camp, located at Laura S. Walker State Park, is to provide personal growth experiences for children, teenagers and adults with visual impairment through the use of recreation, education, socialization and rehabilitation in an outdoor setting,” Vanlandingham said.

Activities include arts and crafts, horseback riding, swimming, performing arts, a nature program, outside games and field trips, he said.

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There are five sessions of camp this summer. The first session is for 4- to 9-year-olds. During that session, one parent is allowed to stay with their child if they request it. All the campers stay in air-conditioned cabins, Vanlandingham said.

The second session is for adults 26 and older, the third session is for pre-teens from 10 to 13, the fourth session is for young adults 18 to 25 and the fifth session is for teenagers 14 to 17.

Vanlandingham said all camp sessions are one week except the teenage session, which is two weeks.

Saturday, July 18, will be Lions Day at the camp. It is a day when other Lions around the state can come, socialize with camp officials, campers and counselors. They usually have a fishing rodeo in the morning and have lunch with the campers around noon.

“I guarantee you will enjoy yourselves,” Vanlandingham said.