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.
Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Thanks to YOUR generosity, we have just completed our best year ever for individual donations! THANK YOU for caring and committing to help us help our special kids! OUB Camp is a very special place for our kids to gain independence skills, self-confidence, courage and self-advocacy skills!
Virtual Camp 2020 Roundup
2020 was a new and difficult year for all of us. How exactly do you put together a virtual summer camp for children who are blind or low vision? So much of our world is focused on the things you can touch, smell, hear, and taste, but a computer screen is very visual. Our staff this summer was given that task, and they came through spectacularly! Every week the materials for crafts, cooking, and activities were mailed to each camper. Staff and volunteers put together pre-recorded videos and live Zoom sessions to give our campers all the instructions and interaction they needed to make the projects fun!
By far the biggest hit was all the cooking at home which brings together our campers and their families in the kitchen. They made delicious food such as Chicago-style pizza, spaghetti and garlic bread, chicken tenders, pretzels, and burritos. We had all sorts of tactile crafts and activities including an ocean simulation, making a “cell-cake”, nature scavenger hunts, Chinese dragons out of recycled plastic and paper, and Delftware replicas out of clay and Wikisticks. Kids and staff together made their own birdhouses and square-foot garden boxes; volunteers provided the pre-cut, pre-drilled kits.
Despite not being able to meet in person, everyone enjoyed the virtual sessions and we have been doing monthly activities through the end of the year with more planned for the rest of winter and spring. We are looking forward to being back with in-person camp in June 2021. For up-to-date information about our plans for 2021, please visit the 2021 Schedule!
Donate NOW to give children who are blind or visually impaired their best summer ever!
“Sleeping in tents this summer was awesome! It was my first time sleeping in tent. Thanks OUB for all you do!”
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!
“I learned that I love cooking for large groups and that I’m a good leader.”
For more information about OUB Camps, please contact Gwen Botting, Executive Director
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