UTICA — Camp Abilities CABVI shined bright with promise and success, according to a news release.
The three day, two night camp for children and teens who are blind or visually impaired, held Aug. 5-7, will prove to be the highlight of the summer for all who attended, the release said.
CABVI designed Camp Abilities to provide one-on-one instruction to each camper combining sport and recreational activities with technology and life-skills development. Each camper was paired with their own counselor making a total of 38 campers in all. Nineteen of the campers were blind or visually impaired and each was able to experience life in the wilderness while learning new skills. Campers and counselors came from communities across New York.
From cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire camp to kayaking on the lake and orienteering their way around the grounds, each child developed new skills and friendships they will keep with them for years to come, according to the release.
CABVI held Camp Abilities at Camp Nazareth, near Woodgate, in the Adirondack Mountains.
Funding for Camp Abilities CABVI came from the New York Commission For the Blind, the Utica Lions Auxiliary and the Newman Communities of SUNYIT and Utica College.