Camp for the Blind representative talks about positive effects camp has for visually impaired

Published 4:31 pm Friday, February 16, 2018

Jeanette Sickel, a member of the Calvary Lions Club who is also a member of the board for the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind, updated the Bainbridge Lions Club Wednesday on the positive things that the camp does for blind and visually impaired Georgians.

“At our Camp for the Blind, campers are involved in physical and entertaining activities on a daily basis,” Sickel said. “They especially enjoy horseback riding and activities with their other animal friends on a daily basis.”

Sickel further pointed out that adult campers begin sessions to learn about individual education plans and expanded core curriculum. She said that on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays campers enjoy a climbing wall, fishing, crafts, the pool and water fun while adults connect with information and resources.

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Sickel also pointed out that adult campers receive a booklet containing contact information and a few biographical sketches of super performers who are visually impaired.

“We also offer an expanded core curriculum that includes information about a skill set that research has shown is needed for students with visual impairment to obtain positive adult outcomes,” Sickel said. “Those outsets include assistive technology, career education, compensatory services, recreation and leisure, orientation and mobility, social skills, self-determination, visual sensory efficiency and independent living skills.”

Sickel said that the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind hosts a veterans retreat for veterans who are dealing with loss of vision.

It will be held Oct. 1 through Oct. 6 and veterans from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama will be in attendance. Any veteran who is now blind or dealing with low vision issues may find the retreat enjoyable and helpful.