By: Jessica Watkin
Any average University Student will tell you that when planning for a summer job the search is always strenuous, tedious and stressful.While looking for a job after my first year at the University of Guelph Ontario I was looking for something to keep me on my feet, wits, and for a challenge. Being a client of the CNIB I naturally looked into volunteering at first and then learned more about the SCORE Summer Day Camps provided through various offices.
SCORE Is a program that promotes Skills, Confidence, and Opportunities for Recreation and Education through various venues and events. Here at the Waterloo office we run around four weeks of camp with around seven campers on average per week. This Day Camp program provides clients who are children with low or no vision the opportunity to participate in a fun, education and most importantly accessible camp program!
My first summer at the CNIB SCORE Summer Day Camp was full of teamwork and cooperation between learning how to properly sighted guide as well as provide fully accessible and fun programs for children. Through the past two years I have learned to develop programs for children with low or no vision that properly address their skills while also challenging them to go above and beyond their abilities. Doing this all in a comfortable environment directly accessible for their vision.
This year we have four summer students and myself running CNIB SCORE Summer Day Camp in Waterloo and have planned five weeks of fun and exciting programming for around eight kids on average. Registration usually begins in June and programs begin in July, Monday through Thursday from nine am until three pm. Coming up this year we will be canoeing, cooking, and a trip to Stratford Festival for an audio-described performance!
While planning different activities my staff and I have looked at a variety of different accessible options. Our goal for this year was to reinforce CNIB skills of Orientation and Mobiliy and Independent Living while also encouraging new social interaction between campers. Through games, cooking activities and outings we have aimed to achieve these goals and hope that through our Summer Camp Program we can help shape the young low vision minds of tomorrow!
Until my next post outlinging fun activities we have accomplished at camp this year, take care!