Braille Monitor                                                                                 April 2006


NFB Camp: Itís More Than Childís Play

by Carla McQuillan

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 just 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 yearís program, please complete and return the registration form provided at the end of this notice. Preregistration with payment on or before June 15 is mandatory for participation in NFB Camp. Space is limited.

Allison VanEtten (NJ) is pictured here using a hammer in NFB Camp.
Last year Home Depot provided kits that allowed youngsters to do carpentry projects under adult supervision.

About the Staff: NFB Camp is organized and supervised by Carla McQuillan, the executive director of Main Street Montessori Association, operating three schools, parent education courses, and a teacher-training program. Carla is the mother of two children, 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.

Alison McQuillan, camp worker and teacher since 1998, will be our activities director again this year. Over the years we have recruited professional childcare workers from the local community to staff NFB Camp. Recently we have determined that recruiting from our Federation families brings in workers with healthy philosophies and attitudes about our blind children. Carla and Alison will be supervising camp workers and all related activities.

Activities and Special Events: The children are divided into groups according to age: infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. Each room is equipped with a variety of age-appropriate toys, games, and books, and we will have daily art projects. Local firefighters will be bringing a fire engine to the hotel for the children to tour. The hotel also has an outdoor track and croquet field for the children to enjoy. In addition, school-aged children will have the opportunity to sign up for half-day trips to area attractions. Some of the planned events include a trip to the aquarium, firefighter museum, and other local highlights. Dates, times, additional fees, and sign-up sheets for field trips will be 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 conduct a big toy saleóbrand new toys at bargain prices.

General Arrangements: 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 luncheon meetings. A list of babysitters will be available at the NFB Camp desk. Please use the NFB Camp registration form. Completed form and fees must be received on or before June 15.

NFB Camp Schedule

Times listed are the opening and closing times of NFB 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 for providing lunch for your child(ren) every day.

Date                                             NFB Camp Hours

Saturday, July 1                            8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 2                              Camp is closed
Monday, July 3                             8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 4                            9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 5                        8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 6                           8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.-adjournment of banquet
Friday, July 7                                8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m.

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 sessions recess.


Parentís Name ____________________________________________________
Address _________________________________________________________
City__________________ State______ Zip________ Phone _______________

Child(ren)ís Name(s)
_____________________________________ Age_______ Date of Birth______
_____________________________________ Age_______ Date of Birth______
_____________________________________ Age_______ Date of Birth______

Include description of any disabilities/allergies we should know about: ______________________

Who, other than parents, is allowed to pick up your child(ren)? ___________________________

Per Week: $90 first child, $65 for each sibling

Number of Children_______ $________________ (Does not include banquet)
Per Day: $20 per child Number of Days_________ x $20 $_________
Banquet: $15 per child Number of Children_______ x $15 $_________
Total Due $_________

Make checks payable to NFB Camp. Return form to National Federation of the Blind of Oregon, 5005 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon 97478. Phone (541) 726-6924