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By Ron Lucey, Consumer Resources Coordinator, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind)

Each year I enjoy sharing information about summer camps with SEE/HEAR readers. I hope to inspire you to look now for the sleeping bag and mosquito netting. Even before the bluebonnets blossom, camp sessions may already be filled. Three exceptional residential summer camps, each accredited by the American Camping Association for safety and quality, are featured here. A more complete and updated listing of Texas summer camps is on the TSBVI web site <seehear/winter99/february.htm>. Your local TCB children's caseworker, transition counselor, or VI teacher may also have more information on local and regional camps.


Camp CAMP provides integrated camping for children with disabilities and their siblings. It has a reputation for accepting children who may have been rejected by other camps due to the severity of their disability. Camp CAMP's director, Sam Van Neste, proudly boasts, "We have a zero rejection policy." An onsite-staffed infirmary and a one-to-one camper to staff ratio affords it the ability to accept any child with a disability.

Located in Center Point, Camp CAMP serves campers ages 3 - 21 and offers traditional camping activities, including canoeing, swimming, arts and crafts, and horseback riding. With all it has to offer, your child will likely achieve greater self-confidence from the exploration of these new experiences. Parents will also benefit from a week of much needed respite while children are participating.

Six sessions are offered this summer, and each focuses on a specific developmental disability. Respite and weekend sessions are also available throughout the year. All camp sessions cost $475 with a sliding fee as low as $100. Summer camp applications will be available after January 1. The deadline for receiving applications is May 1, 2000. Contact Camp CAMP to request an application and a camp schedule.

Camp CAMP, PO Box 27086, San Antonio, TX 78227
Phone: (210) 292-3566; Fax: (210) 292-3577
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Camp Summit is located north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Argyle on 117 beautifully wooded acres. The camp provides residential barrier-free camping for persons with special needs. Camp Director Lisa Braziel says, "We focus on abilities rather than disabilities. The camp staff encourage the skills that campers already have and reinforce what the family is working on." Camp Summit serves children from the age of 6, youth and adults who are physically challenged, developmentally delayed, dual sensory impaired (deafblind) and multidisabled. No limit is placed on the extent of disabilities as long as the camp can meet medical needs. Two nurses handle medications and a doctor is on-call. The camp ratio is a counselor for every two campers.

Camp Summit offers swimming, horseback riding, wilderness and nature study, arts and crafts, fishing, and a ropes course that will challenge campers and build their self-confidence. All activities are adapted to the individual camper's ability. Camp Summit places an emphasis on social skills. All activities occur as a group. Bonfires and evening dances allow campers to practice their social skills while having fun.

Summer programming is divided into ten one-week age and disability appropriate camp sessions. The camp also offers a one-week deafblind camp for individuals ages 6 - 50. Camp availability is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Respite services are also available on weekends during the fall.

The cost of Camp Summit is $500 per week. A sliding fee is available to residents who live in the Dallas United Way service area. Applications for Camp Summit will be available in February. Applications must be completed and received by Camp Summit ten days before each camp session. The camp staff encourages parents to contact Camp Summit with questions and attend the open house during the first Sunday in May.

Camp Summit, Inc., 2915 LBJ Freeway, Suite 185, Dallas, TX 75234
Phone: (972) 484-8900 or (972) 620-1945
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The Texas Lions Camp is located in Kerrville on 500-plus acres in the Hill Country. Texas Lions Camp provides, without charge, a camp for the physically disabled, hearing/vision impaired, and diabetic children. Last year the Lions Camp celebrated its 50th year of providing residential camping and respite services to Texas children with disabilities and their families. This year, the Texas Lions Clubs have set a goal to sponsor 2,000 campers. The camp is undergoing some renovations to improve access such as the addition of an accessible Olympic swimming pool, expanded dining hall, and a shaded picnic area with three new pavilions.

The Lions Camp serves children, ages 6 - 17 with physical disabilities, and children, ages 9 - 16 with type 1 diabetes. Although the Lions Camp has onsite medical staff, they limit the number of campers who have specific medical conditions and disabilities. Many parents feel the main benefit their child received from Lions Camp is an improved sense of confidence. "Children are building self-esteem, and building relationships and friendships, gaining self-confidence with personal care, trying new things and taking risks," says Deb Buehler, Development Director. Activities include swimming, horseback riding, fishing, nature study, tennis, field sports, and even an overnight camp out.

The application deadline for all sessions is two weeks before the beginning of the session, depending on availability. Camp applications will be available January 6. Families may download the applications from the Lions Camp web page or contact local Lions Clubs. Many Lions Clubs also assist families with transportation and support to get a child to and from camp.

Texas Lions Camp, PO Box 290247, Kerrville, TX 78029-0247
Phone: (830) 896-8500; Fax: (830) 896-3666