Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind (OUB Camps)
Courtesy of Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind (OUB Camps)
10324 Lovers Lane NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Name: Gwen Botting
Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind offers summer camps for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired. Our mission: building life skills, self-confidence and independence for children and young adults who are blind or have low vision. At OUB Camps, campers learn life-skills that teachers and parents may not have time or skills to teach. Many OUB staff members are also blind or have low vision - they "walk the walk" every day and are the best teachers for our students. Our 1.5:1 staff to camper ratio for most camps ensures a great experience!
We operate at Camp Optimist, with a teaching kitchen, garden and lodge and over 100 acres of woods and wetlands to explore. We also participate in activities at Indian Trails Camp, only a few miles away.
OUB Camp Schedule 2017
June 18-23 Service Leadership Camp, ages 12 - 19
This camp is designed to help our teenagers learn important skills of leadership and giving back to the community. Our kids are often passed up for opportunities to be officers in school clubs or leaders on team projects because of their vision issues and/or social skills. Also, for many of our kids, adults and sometimes other kids are constantly giving them directions, tips, ideas, trying to correct what appears to be missteps, and things that they think will help them. But our kids rarely get the opportunity to help others, and helping others is a critical component of feelings of confidence and competence. Service Leadership Camp will address the key components of leadership and service and why it is important that our kids become leaders and community servants. Also includes the usual camp fun of campfires, swimming, boating and more!
June 25-30 Cookin' and Jammin' Camp, ages 7-14
By far our most popular camp for several years running, Cookin' and Jammin' Camp (cooking and music!) gives our campers a more extensive experience in the world of food, and tons of fun listening to, playing and creating music. A wide range of culinary and musical genre's will be explored, and also all the usual fun of swimming, boating, hiking and much more! Camp is full - taking names for waiting list.
July 5-9 Elementary Camp, ages 7-12
This camp, beginning on the Wednesday following July 4th and ending on Sunday afternoon, is great for the younger camper or anyone who has not been away from home before. There will be plenty of fun to go around and lots of skill building, field trips, and other exciting opportunities! Camp is full - taking names for waiting list.
July 13-21 Adventure Trip, ages 14-19
While less rugged than our 2016 rustic canoe trip, this is the Adventure Trip for the Adventurous! We will be visiting three places: Turkey Run State Park in Indiana, famous for great hiking trails and unusual sandstone formations; Berea, Kentucky, home to artist colonies dedicated to producing American handcrafts such as pottery, weaving, leatherwork, woodwork and more, and then on to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky to explore the wonders of the underground! Some younger campers may be accepted by permission of the Camp Director. It's going to be AMAZING! Don't miss it!