Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind’s mission: building life skills, self-confidence and independence for children and young adults who are blind or have low vision.
Our 2017 Camp Schedule is up on the Schedule page! Camper registration forms and other information are available on the Registration page! Sign Up Now!
2017 Elementary Camp is now FULL!! We are still accepting applications for all camps and are making a waiting list for any camps that are full.
We are looking for 2017 Staff and Volunteers! Staff Applications and Job Descriptions are available on the Employment page!
A letter from former camper, Kevin Andrews!
When I was 11, I went to summer camp for the first time. At the time, it was Camp Tuhsmeheta through Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind.
It was my first time away from home rooming with a bunch of strangers I didn’t know in a very rustic cabin with a bunch of bunk beds all in the open. I can remember how absolutely terrified I was. This was only a four-day session, but in that time frame, the concepts of independence and self-reliance really began to present themselves and they were pushed, with tender, love, and care of course, on me by intelligent, confident, and fantastic counselors and mentors, both blind and sighted. I went back for two more summers following that, and the scariness of being away from home, a familiar space with which I was comfortable, began to subside, slowly but surely. Now, nearly 10 years since I last visited Camp T, I’ve moved 2,100 miles away from my parents’ place. I work full-time at a prominent university in Central California, live on my own, pay bills, and lead a fairly productive social life outside of work. I’ve discovered my passions for orientation and mobility and public transit. Although Camp T and OUB programs only played a small role getting me to where I am today, it was an integral role, and I have OUB folks, along with many others, to thank for helping to shape me into a confident and successful young adult who just happens to be blind. I’ve learned to embrace my disability, and it is just a small aspect of who I am.
OUB is no longer using the Camp Tuhsmeheta site, but our values and work remains the same. We want as many young people with blindness and visual impairments to feel as Kevin feels, independent, successful, confident, and able to conquer to world! If you know a young adult who has attended our camps, we want to hear from them. We are a community, always building each other up. We also want to thank Kevin for this wonderful letter, full of what it means to have experiences that allow people to become the best they can be.
“Sleeping in tents this summer was awesome! It was my first time sleeping in tent. Thanks OUB for all you do!” Sydney, age 12
OUB Summer Camps are all about fun and education, where kids learn new skills in a supportive, encouraging environment that will help them become more independent, and have fun doing many traditional camp activities, such as cooking over a campfire, swimming and playing all sorts of games!
Parent Education is an important part of our work. Please view this great video from the National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI).
“I learned that I love cooking for large groups and learned that I’m a good leader.” Junior, age 15
Donate NOW to give children who are blind or visually impaired their best summer ever!
“Adventure Camp was one of the most spectacular experiences of my life.” Counselor Mark
For more information about OUB Camps, please contact Gwen Botting, Executive Director
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