Future Reflections                                                                                          Spring, 2002

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NFB Camp: Itís More than Childís Play

by Carla McQuillan

During convention week children between the ages of six weeks and twelve years 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 having your children participate in this yearís program, please complete and return the registration form provided. Pre-registration with payment on or before June 15, 2002, is mandatory for participation in NFB Camp. Space is limited, and each year some families have to be turned away.

About the Staff: NFB Camp is organized and supervised by Carla McQuillan, 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 yearís 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 children will enjoy daily art projects. Blind teens will come in to read stories in Braille, and we will sing, dance, and play instruments with blind singer/songwriter Daniel Lamonds. In addition, the school-aged children will make excursions to local attractions of interest. On the final day of NFB Camp we will conduct a big toy saleĖbrand 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.

Fees: for the entire week (not including banquet), first child $80; siblings $60 each. By the day, each child (does not include banquet), $20; banquet, $15 per child. NFB Camp will be open during general convention sessions, on division and committee meeting day, and the evening of the banquet. Plenty of teens are always available to babysit during evening and lunchtime meetings. The schedule this year will be as follows:

Wednesday, July 3,
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.*

Thursday, July 4,
Camp is closed.

Friday, July 5,
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.*

Saturday, July 6,
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and
1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.*

Sunday, July 7,
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.*

Monday, July 8,
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and
1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.*

Tuesday, July 9,
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and
1:30-5:30 p.m.*

*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.

Please use the NFB Camp pre-registration form provided .
Kaitlynn Lawrence and Alicia Jones check out the neat toys in the NFB Camp Nick Pavel trys his skill with the Bop-it game. Rebecca, Laura, and Elizabeth Prows pose in the NFB Camp nursery
Kaitlynn Lawrence and† Alicia Jones check out the neat toys in NFB Camp.
Nick Pavel trys his skill with the Bop-it game.
Rebecca, Laura, and Elizabeth Prows pose in the NFB Camp nursery.

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