NewView Oklahoma believes that every child deserves to have a “summer camp” experience. OWL Camp was created in 2000 and has grown to two weeks of camp each summer hosting 30 and 40 campers. Camp activities are carefully planned and designed to encourage collaboration, improve confidence, self-esteem, and independence, and challenge societal and self-imposed limits through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, with a new theme each year!
July 18 – July 22
for 8-14 year olds
at the University of
June 12 – June 16
for 15-18 year olds
at Grand Lake and
Rogers State University
Applications for 2016 Camp are Now Closed!
Beginning in 2015, campers between 15 and 18 years old travel to Grand Lake in Langley, Oklahoma where they participate in adaptive water activities such as water skiing, wake boarding, and tubing with internationally-renowned adaptive water instructors; campers also enjoy activities like fishing, swimming, and boat rides, in addition to learning and practicing healthy life skills.
Younger campers between the ages of 8-14 get the opportunity to stay on the beautiful University of Central Oklahoma campus with Sighted Buddies, to participate in themed activities and go on amazing trips to local treasures like the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Zoo, and more!
2015 OWL Camp in Tulsa
2015 OWL Camp in Oklahoma City
With the support of community partners and generous donors, NewView Oklahoma can provide youth, who are blind and visually impaired with an unforgettable camp experience that will prepare them to live happy, independent and productive lives! To make a donation to support camp, visit our Camp Donations page!
It takes extraordinary volunteers with a variety of talents and skillsets to make OWL Camp possible. Join us this summer as a Camp Counselor, Camp Sighted Buddy or Community Partner Volunteer!
Camp Counselors: Together, camp counselors lead four different squads during camp. Counselors keep track of each of their campers’ whereabouts at all times of the day and night. Additionally, Camp Counselors are the first point of supervised adult contact for campers. Most importantly, counselors are charged to befriend, encourage, and foster independence in their campers! Download Camp Counselor Application.
Counselors-in-Training: Counselors-in-Training (CITs) are specifically selected individuals who are at least 16 years old, vision impaired, have applied and interviewed with the NewView Oklahoma Program Manager, and have received training. CITs provide support for their groups to make camp safe and fun for all participants. Our CITs have a very high level of responsibility, as they are training to be a counselor for future camps. Moreover, they are given increased responsibility (more than a Sighted Buddy) but are not leading a group without supervision and oversight of a Camp Counselor. CITs will often assist in facilitating camp activities and are mentored by a counselor in order to prepare them to be a Camp leader in the future. The maximum number of CITs is four (4). CIT spots have been filled for the 2016 camp season.
Camp Sighted Buddies: Sighted buddies are paired with one specific camper for the entire duration of camp. The duties of our peer buddies include waking up and assisting their camper in getting ready for the day; helping their camper all day long with daily tasks; and helping their camper get to bed at the assigned hour. Not only are buddies responsible for staying with their camper AT ALL TIMES, but they must also work to develop a relationship, ensure safety, and provide tons of energy and motivation for their camper all week long. This is a 24-hour job, every single day of camp; it is also the responsibility of our Buddies to ensure campers receive their medications according to the medication schedule, eat daily nutritious meals and snacks, stay hydrated during outdoor activities, and get the proper amount of rest during their camp stay. The maximum number of Sighted Buddies is determined by a 1:1 ratio of campers.
Sighted Buddies are only needed for OKC Camp. These volunteers must be at least 14 years old, take the initiative to seek out this amazing volunteer opportunity, and pass the interview process with NewView Oklahoma’s Program Manager, and receive special training in blindness sensitivity. Sighted Buddie positions have been filled for 2016.
Community Partner Volunteers: Individuals, families and volunteer groups from organizations who support the mission of NewView Oklahoma dedicate their time and resources to help make OWL Camp a memorable and enjoyable experience for every camper!
Most community partner volunteers sponsor a day of camp or a particular camp activity providing resources, staffing and sometimes funding to "sponsor" that activity. Contact Tamera Babbit at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can volunteer at camp!