Future Reflections Spring 1996, Vol. 15 No. 2


Carla McQuillan, Director

[PICTURE] Carla McQuillan

Editor's Note: In addition to coordinating the kids' trips this year, Carla McQuillan is also director of NFB Camp. This volunteer task is a major undertaking. It takes a tremendous amount of time, energy, ingenuity, and commitment to make the NFB Camp an enjoyable and enriching experience for every member of the family who attends. This is what Carla McQuillan has to say about NFB Camp.

NFB Camp is not an ordinary child care service. Children who are blind or who have a family member who is blind will have a special opportunity to interact with each other and with blind adults. As director it is my task to organize activities which will maximize the benefits of this interaction. Some of the activities scheduled for 1996 include: daily art projects planned and conducted by Corinne Vieville, a member of our California NFB affiliate; nature walks through the hotel gardens; a variety of performances by blind musicians, vocalists, and theater artists; and soccer, basketball, and other recreational games led by blind sports enthusiasts. These are only a few of the adventures planned for our NFB Campers!

The rooms reserved for NFB Camp at the Anaheim Hilton will enable us to divide the children into groups for age-appropriate activities and programs. The following schedule is tentative. For a complete and accurate breakdown of hours of operation pick up a schedule at the information desk when you arrive at the hotel. NFB Camp will be open from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Saturday; closed on Sunday; and open Monday through Friday during general convention activities with these exceptions: Camp will close immediately after morning sessions on Wednesday (tour day), and Camp will be open during the evening during the Parental Concerns Committee meeting and the annual banquet. Parents are responsible for arranging child care at all other times during the convention. However, I will help parents who need sitters and teens seeking babysitting jobs locate each other. Please contact me for details.

Two experienced staff members of my Montessori preschool are coming to Anaheim to supervise the child care workers and counselors at NFB Camp. These child care professionals, along with many other members of the Federation who work in NFB Camp, will volunteer their time, energy, and talent in an effort to make our National Convention an enjoyable and enriching experience for the entire family.

Parents are asked to make the following donations for NFB Camp: weekly (including banquet)þ$60 for the first child and $30 for each additional child; daily (per child) $15; banquet (per child) $10. There will be a fine for late pick-ups from the Camp rooms at closing. Parents who cannot contribute the suggested amount may make other arrangements with me. Please contact me at (503) 726-6924 or write to NFB CAMP, NFB of Oregon, P.O. Box 320, Thurston, Oregon 97482.

We anticipate a full house this year so advance registration is advised to ensure that our planning is adequate to meet the demands. Make checks payable to NFB of Oregon (NFB Camp). Mail check and the following registration form to: NFB CAMP, NFB of Oregon, P.O. Box 320, Thurston, Oregon 97482. Again, contact me at (503) 726-6924 if you need further information or want to make special arrangements for donations, etc.