NewView hosts several activities throughout the year for blind and visually impaired children and youth throughout Oklahoma, with our Oklahomans Without Limitations (OWL) Summer Camp as the foundation of this program.
OWL Camp is a free, week-long summer camp for children ages 8-18 who are blind or vision impaired. OWL Camp began in 2000, and has grown to 30-40 visually-impaired campers each summer.
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 in an accessible environment. The focus is on capability rather than disability.
New this year, we will have two sessions of OWL Camp, divided by age. One will be at UCO in Edmond, OK & the other will be held at RSU in Claremore, OK. This allows us to better meet the needs of different age groups.
Visually impaired children and youth rarely, if ever, have the chance to experience many of the activities offered at camp in their daily lives. For many, it is their first time away from home and certainly their first summer camp experience. The campers’ sighted buddies see vision loss as nothing more than a difference that can be accommodated. This helps the campers enjoy the thrill of camp and the comfort of feeling normal while hanging out with others their age that are visually impaired.
With the support of community partners and generous donors, NewView Oklahoma can provide blind and visually impaired youth statewide 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!
Adaptive Water Skiing at 2015 OWLCamp in Tulsa