Photo of Daniel Lamonds of South Carolina playing his guitar and singing with NFB campers

Daniel Lamonds of South Carolina plays his guitar and sings with NFB campers.

NFB Camp 2000: Child Care During Convention

by Carla McQuillan

            From the Editor: Carla McQuillan is a member of the National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors and President of the NFB of Oregon. She also operates her own Montessori school, which has been growing rapidly since it opened. Since 1996 Carla has conducted NFB Camp, the childcare program during National Conventions. This year the Board of Directors has decided on an important change in NFB Camp registration policy. If you are considering using this important program during the convention in Atlanta, you will find this notice of deep interest. This is what Carla says:


            Ten years ago child care during convention sessions was performed by parents, but times have changed. Last year we cared for ninety-four children in NFB Camp, nearly half of whom had not pre-registered. The increase in family participation at our conventions is wonderful news, but it has made advance preparations a necessity. By decision of the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind, beginning in 2000, all children who wish to participate in the programs and activities of NFB Camp must register, this year by June 15, 2000.

            NFB Camp will be open during general convention sessions, division and committee meeting day, and banquet evening. Plenty of teens are always available to babysit during evening and lunch-time meetings. The schedule this year will be as follows:


            Sunday, July 2, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (You are responsible for  lunch)

            Monday, July 3, Camp is closed

            Tuesday, July 4, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (you are responsible for lunch)

            Wednesday, July 5, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

            Thursday, July 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

            Friday, July 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and banquet

            Saturday, July 8, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.


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

            Fees: for the entire week (including banquet), first child, $80, second child, $60. By the day (does not include banquet), each child, $20, banquet, $15.


                                                  NFB Camp Pre-registration Form

                                                          Return by June 15, 2000


Parent Information:





Child(ren) Information:

List name and age for each child


Weekly fees: first child, $80, second child, $60

Daily fees: each child, $20 times number of days

Banquet fee: $15 per child

Total due:

Completed Pre-registration form and payment must be received by June 15, 2000. Make checks payable to NFB of Oregon. Mail to National Federation of the Blind, 5005 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon 97478, (541) 726-6924.