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 July. Each camper is teamed with a sighted peer counselor who provides encouragement, assistance, and friendship.
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 activities are added each year to keep things new and challenging for returning campers. Camp favorites have included swimming, beep-ball, fishing, archery, arts and crafts, martial arts, shopping trips, basketball, hay rides, rock climbing, kayaking and dragon boat rowing on the Oklahoma River, and of course, our annual talent show.
Visually impaired children and youth rarely, if ever, have the chance to experience many of the activities offered during this 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 to enjoy the thrill of camp and the comfort of feeling normal while hanging out with others their age that are visually impaired.
2014 CAMP SPONSORS
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!
2014 OWL Camp and Oklahoma Youth Orchestra musical concert