Braille Monitor                                                 January 2013

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Parents and Blind Children at an Adventure Camp

Believing as we do in shattering the limiting conceptions about what blind people can do, the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri periodically sponsors a weekend-long adventure camp. Mission Believe brings together children and their parents for concurrent sessions featuring educational activities for the parents and fun and adventure activities for their children.

In August of 2012 students experienced the necessity of teamwork; learned to walk on a plank bridge; felt the exhilaration of rock climbing; and thrilled at the challenge of traversing ladders, climbing poles, and walking along a thin wire, all for the joy of getting thirty-five feet above ground, then gliding back to earth on a zipline.

Amber Attaway, above it all, walks along a bouncy skybridge made of planks and wires.
Amber Attaway, above it all, walks along a bouncy skybridge made of planks and wires.
Seven young people stand  in a line, left feet on a two-by-four plank, right feet on a parallel two-by-four  plank, each side controlled independently by ropes held in the students’ hands.  The object is to walk forward by picking up each side in turn, which requires  concentration and much cooperation.
Seven campers, age nine to eighteen, practice teamwork on long skis made of two by fours.
Neil Grunig scales a rock  wall.
Neil Grunig scales a rock wall.

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