Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Sessions

Bear Lake Camp offers two separate one week sessions for youth with visual impairments.  The sessions are developed and coordinated by a teacher of the blind and visually impaired.  It focuses on having fun while developing self-concepts, social skills, orientation and mobility, independence with daily living skills, and acquiring outdoor recreation skills.

We encourage families and their campers to let our VI staff know if you have been working on a specific skill and what techniques you’re practicing so we can be consistent with your progress. 

Please read carefully as the two sessions we are offering have changed.  In order to better meet the needs of our campers we are offering two individual one week traditional camp sessions for youth with visual impairments.  Some activities may be offered during both sessions, but some activities may only be offered during one session or the other. These details are listed below to help you and your camper decide when he/she would like to join us for some summer fun!  All campers are welcome and encouraged (but not required) to attend both sessions. We look forward to being apart of your summer fun! Please contact our program coordinator if you have questions specific to the VI Sessions. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Older campers have the option to  participate in leadership development activities. The leadership development program runs through two summers with elevated experience and responsibilities in the 2nd year. Participants in the leadership development program must have been a camper for the regular Blind and Visually Impaired Youth Camp. The programs are financially supported by Lions, Lioness and Leo clubs throughout Michigan.  There is a $50.00 registration fee.

Is my child eligible to attend?

If you answer yes to one of the following questions your child may be eligible to attend.

  • Is your child totally blind?
  • Is your child legally blind or low vision (20/70 or worse with correction)?
  • Does your child have vision in one eye?

If you answer yes to the following questions, your child may be eligible to attend.

  • Does your child have an IEP in which they receive services due to their vision loss?
  • Is your child between the ages of 7 and 15 years old?

Open House

We extend an invitation to all interested families to see our camp and get a feel for our programs on this special day.  Activities will be provided for children and tours and informational sessions provided for parents and others.  A lunch is included.  Pre-registration is necessary.  The Open House is on June 28, 2020 from 12:00 noon through 3:00 p.m. 

To Register

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Session 1, July 5-11, 2020

Campers that attend our first session are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience during an overnight camp out and making their dinner over the campfire. Campers will work as a team during our annual field day to compete in some crazy activity challenges both at the field and of course at our water front.   Some of our daily activities may include arts and crafts, nature, swimming, swim lessons, boating, challenge course, archery, and beep ball.


Session 2, July 19-25, 2020 

During our second session, campers will make their memories during outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, water front games, boating, boat tipping, nature, climbing wall, fishing, and goal ball.  Campers will also take their adventures off camp to a field trip.  This community based activity is always a big hit with campers and incredible way to gain confidence in activities they can do when they go back home with their

Leadership Development

Previous campers at Bear Lake Camp who are now 15 and 16 years of age,have the opportunity to join our two year leadership development program.  Leadership Development is a special session that focuses on leadership skills and responsibilities in the camp environment.  Participants gain knowledge of how to be an effective leader and team member.  The first summer being more of an introduction and the second summer provided more hands on opportunity to demonstrate and develop skills.  This highly sought after group of LD campers will learn a lot about themselves and others during this two year transition program. Our goal is for campers to use this time to transition from a camper to a junior counselor; a perfect to job opportunity. LD campers will be presented with daily challenges to help them identify their personal strengths and weaknesses.  Above and beyond, LD campers will learn how to advocate when they should/can be more independent as well as  when they need help. We all need help in and it’s important to feel confident and comfortable doing so when appropriate. LD campers work as team throughout their day to support one another and learn more about the roles of a camp counselor.  As a role model at camp, Leadership Development campers make life long memories helping others as well as participating in team building in the challenge course, rock wall, annual LD camp out, and swimming.  LD campers are encouraged but not required to attend both sessions in order to maximize their growth as they transition from a camper to staff member.

How to Apply

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