Future Reflections                                                                                     Spring/Summer 2004

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NFB Camp: It’s More Than Child’s Play

by Carla McQuillan

Programs and Activities

Carla McQuillan
Carla McQuillan

During convention week children six weeks through ten years of age are invited to join in the fun and festivities of NFB Camp. NFB Camp offers more than just childcare; it is an opportunity for our blind and sighted children to meet and develop lifelong friendships. Our activity schedule is filled with games, crafts, and special performances designed to entertain, educate, and delight. If you are interested in this year’s program, please complete and return the registration form provided at the end of this notice. Preregistration with payment on or before June 15, 2004, is mandatory for participation in NFB Camp. Space is limited, and each year some families have to be turned away.

About the Staff: NFB Camp is organized and supervised by Carla McQuillan, the executive director of Main Street Montessori Association, operating two schools, parent education courses, and a teacher-training program. Carla is the mother of two children, the president of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon, and a member of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind.

Michelle Ros, NFB Camp’s activities director since 1999, will not be available this year because of the birth of her second child, due mid-June. Michelle regrets her absence and promises to be with us next year, babe in arms. Instead Alison McQuillan—camp worker and teacher since 1998—will be our activities director this year. Over the years we have recruited professional childcare workers from the local community to staff NFB Camp. Recently we have determined that recruiting from our Federation families results in workers with proper philosophy and attitudes about our blind children. Carla and Alison will be supervising camp workers and all related activities.

Activities and Special Events: The children are divided into groups according to age: infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. Each camp room is equipped with a variety of age-appropriate toys, games, and books, and we will have daily art projects. In addition school-aged children will have the opportunity to sign up for half-day trips to local area attractions.

These kids discover that there is always something fun to do at NFB Camp.
These kids discover that there is always something fun to do at NFB Camp.

The planned events include trips to underground Atlanta for ice cream, a tour of the Coca Cola museum, a visit to the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts, and more. Our field trip supervisor this year will be 2002 scholarship winner Nicolas Crisosto. Dates, times, additional fees, and sign-up sheets for field trips will be available at NFB Camp. Space for special events is limited to enrolled NFB Campers only, on a first-come, first-served basis. On the final day of NFB Camp we will conduct a big toy sale—brand new toys at bargain prices.

Banquet Night: NFB Camp will provide dinner and activities during the banquet. The cost for banquet activities is $15 per child in addition to other camp fees.

NFB Camp will be open during general convention sessions, division and committee meeting day, and the evening of the banquet. Plenty of teens are always available to baby-sit during evening and lunchtime meetings.

Please use the NFB Camp registration form included.

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