Braille Monitor                                                 April 2012

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NFB Camp Convention Adventures

by Carla McQuillan

Preschoolers play with games on the floor in an NFB Camp room.From the Editor: The childcare service at NFB conventions has for many years now been known as NFB Camp. Here are a description of this year’s program, the schedule of camp hours, and various registration forms and permission slips. If you are considering placing your youngsters in childcare, please read the following information carefully and note that the deadline for registration, assuming that capacity has not already been reached, is June 15. Here is the information:

If you are between the ages of six weeks and twelve years, NFB Camp is the place to be at national convention in Dallas. During meetings and general convention sessions NFB Camp will be open for fun. Our camp rooms are divided by age with toys and activities appropriate to the ages served in each room. We have rooms for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. The infants and toddlers spend much of their time in the room with occasional walks around the hotel and stories read from Braille books. The preschool group will enjoy Braille story time, a few arts-and-craft projects, and small group play on the hotel lawns. The school-age children will have special-guest presentations on writing stories, science and technology, music and movement, and blind people employed in various professions. In addition, we will have daily excursions to the hotel lawns for outdoor games and water play.

Special Outdoor Activity

This year, on Tuesday, July 3, we will be bringing in a giant inflatable obstacle course to explore and experience. The course will include several obstacles to climb over, through, and around, ending in a giant slide. This activity will be available for preschool and elementary-aged children during the morning sessions.

Even non-campers are invited to join in.

Children who are not signed up for NFB Camp for the day may come during the lunch break, 12:00-2:00, with the following conditions:
1)         Children must be accompanied by an adult who stays the entire time the child plays.
2)         A waiver of responsibility must be signed by a parent or guardian (available at NFB Camp and at the course site).
3)         A fee of $1 per course run-through will be charged. Tickets may be purchased at the NFB Camp desk before the event. Tickets can be purchased on site, availability permitting.
4)         Children must go through the course in stocking feet or barefoot.
5)         NFB Camp reserves the right to deny participation to any individual who poses a safety threat or concern.

Banquet Night

NFB Campers will enjoy their own banquet night activities beginning with an evening meal. Afterwards the children will be dazzled by the exotic animals of the Creature Teacher. Hairless guinea pigs, iguanas, and hedgehogs are just a few of the animals in the Creature Teacher's hands in this educational presentation. Immediately following the creature teacher's lesson, the children will relax with a movie and popcorn.

NFB Workers

NFB Camp is under the supervision of Carla McQuillan, a longtime member of the Federation. Carla is the executive director of Main Street Montessori Association, operating three Montessori schools and a teacher education program. She has directed NFB camp since 1996. Alison McQuillan serves as the activities and staff coordinator for the camp. She monitors the daily programs, drop-off and pick-up, staff-to-child ratios, and ensures that only parents and authorized adults are allowed into camp rooms.

Each of the three camp rooms has a supervisor who is responsible for the activities of that age group. These leads are chosen because of their experience and demonstrated capacity to handle groups of children and workers. They are staff members of Carla's schools. Other workers and camp volunteers are drawn from within the NFB. We usually have a mix of blind and sighted teens and adults who trade off for the working shifts throughout the week.

Blindness Professional on Staff

Michelle Chacon is a certified orientation and mobility instructor and a teacher of blind children. She will be available throughout the week to consult with parents and staff as well as to provide some individualized instruction for our campers.

Babysitting List

NFB Camp maintains a list of people who are interested in providing care outside of the scheduled hours for camp. The list is at the check-in desk for NFB Camp. Parents are welcome to review names on the list if they are in need of caregivers during off hours. NFB Camp and the National Federation of the Blind are not responsible for the actions and behavior of those on the babysitting list. We do not screen the people; we merely maintain a central list for the convenience of convention attendees.


Because of the limited space we require that parents wishing to enroll their children in NFB Camp complete and return the registration forms to follow no later than June 15, 2012. You may also e-mail or call to reserve your child(ren)'s space: <[email protected]> or (541) 726-6924. Any questions can be directed to Carla McQuillan at the same address, email, and phone.


Completed form and fees must be received on or before June 15, 2010.

Parent’s Name________________________________________________
City__________ State___________ Zip______ Phone _______________
Cell Phone _______________ Cell Phone _______________
Child(ren)’s Name(s)
___________________________ Age_____ Date of Birth___________
___________________________ Age_____ Date of Birth___________
___________________________ Age_____ Date of Birth___________
Include description of any disabilities or allergies we should know about:
Who, other than parents, is allowed to pick up your child(ren)?__________
Per Week: $100 first child, $75 per sibling; no. of children_____ $_________
(Does not include banquet)
Per Day: $25 per child per day
No. of Days_____ x $25 per child; no. of children _____ $_________
(Does not include banquet) S M T W TH (circle)
Banquet: $25 per child; no. of children _____ $_________
_____Turkey Sandwich _____Cheese Sandwich

We understand that NFB Camp is being provided as a service to make our convention more enjoyable for both parents and children. We will pick up children immediately following sessions. We understand that, if our child(ren) does not follow the rules or if for any reason staff are unable to care for our child(ren), further access to childcare will be denied.

Parent’s Signature _____________________________________ Date ______________

Make checks payable to NFB Camp. Return form to NFB Camp, 5005 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97478; (541) 726-6924; and <>.

NFB Camp Schedule

NFB Camp will be open during general convention sessions, division and committee meeting day, and the evening of the banquet. The hours for NFB Camp are tentative. The actual hours will be based on the beginning and ending of sessions so that parents can drop off their children thirty minutes before the start of session and must pick up their children within thirty minutes of the end of session. On occasion the actual end or beginning of session may be earlier or later than the agenda indicates. We charge a $10 per quarter-hour per child late pick-up fee. NFB Camp provides morning and afternoon snacks. You must provide lunch for your children every day.

Date                                         NFB Camp Hours
Saturday, June 30th                 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 1st                      Camp is closed.
Monday, July 2nd                    8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3rd                    9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 4th                8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 5th                   8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Banquet                   6:30 p.m.–30 minutes after adjournment.

Times are tentative and will be based on thirty minutes after sessions adjourn. You are required to provide lunch for your child(ren) each day.

Giving a Dream

One of the great satisfactions in life is having the opportunity to assist others. Consider making a gift to the National Federation of the Blind to continue turning our dreams into reality. A gift to the NFB is not merely a donation to an organization; it provides resources that will directly ensure a brighter future for all blind people.

Seize the Future

The National Federation of the Blind has special giving opportunities that will benefit the giver as well as the NFB. Of course the largest benefit to the donor is the satisfaction of knowing that the gift is leaving a legacy of opportunity. However, gifts may be structured to provide more:

NFB programs are dynamic:

Your gift makes you a partner in the NFB dream. For further information or assistance, contact the NFB planned giving officer.

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