Future Reflections                                                                                       Convention, 2002

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NFB Camp: Childcare at the 2003 Convention

Programs and Activities

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 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. Pre-registration with payment on or before June 15, 2003, is mandatory for participation in NFB Camp. Space is limited, and last year some families had to be turned away.

About the Staff: NFB Camp is organized and supervised by Carla McQuillan. Carla is 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 is this year’s activities director for NFB Camp. Michelle is a Montessori teacher employed by Main Street Montessori Association. Carla and Michelle will supervise a staff of experienced childcare workers and volunteers.

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 there will be daily art projects. In addition, school-aged children will have the opportunity to sign up for half-day trips to local area attractions.  The planned events include trips to the park (outside play), a zoo exhibit (which will come to camp), the Speed Art Museum, the Louisville Slugger Museum, cookies and milk, and walks to the mall.  We are also hoping for a special appearance by blind singer/songwriter Daniel Lamonds.  Dates, times, additional fees, and sign-up sheets are 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 have 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 babysit during evening and lunchtime meetings.

Please use the NFB Camp registration form included.

2003 NFB CAMP SCHEDULE

NFB Camp will be open during general convention sessions, division and committee meeting day, and the evening of the banquet. Times listed are the opening and closing times of Kids Camp. Children are not accepted earlier than the times listed, and a late fee of $10 will be assessed for all late pick-ups. NFB Camp provides morning and afternoon snacks. You are responsible to provide lunch for your child(ren) every day, except Saturday.

            Date                                                                 Kids Camp Hours

Saturday, June 28                                 8:30 am-5:30 pm (Lunch provided this day only)

Sunday, June 29                                   Camp is closed

Monday, June 30                                  8:30 am-5:30 pm*

Tuesday, July 1                                    9:30 am-12:30 pm and 1:30 pm-5:30 pm*

Wednesday, July 2                               8:30 am-12:30 pm*

Thursday, July 3                                   8:30 am-12:30 pm and 1:30 pm-5:30 pm*

Friday, July 4                                        8:30 am-12:30 pm  and 1:30-5:30 pm*

* You are required to provide lunch for your child(ren) each day.

These times may vary, depending on the timing of the actual convention sessions. NFB Camp will open thirty minutes before the beginning gavel and close thirty minutes after session recess.

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