It was another summer spent on the move for nineteen local kids and teens who are living with visual impairments.
IN-SIGHT’s annual mobility camp provided this year’s participants with the opportunity to explore a wide variety of public transportation options, challenge their fears, engage in new experiences, and make lasting friendships.
Week one of the camp was designed for older, more experienced campers and featured navigating suspended obstacles at Treetop Adventures, navigating through the busy streets of Newport, Providence, and Boston, and utilizing a wide variety of transportation options including subways, a ferry, a RIPTA bus, and a self driving shuttle.
Week two was for everybody and include horseback riding, kayaking, paddleboarding, rail exploring, and launching at a trampoline park.
One participant’s mother wrote us to say, “I just don’t have the words to say how grateful we are. I have never seen [my son] this happy. From the first day he went to the camp through the very last day, he wouldn’t stop telling us all the stories of the things they did that day. Thank you so much for having him!”
The goal of the annual mobility camp is to put the campers in unfamiliar situations where they have to use their skills to safely and successfully navigate challenges. Doing so helps them to increase self confidence and independence, which will be critical skills as they move into adulthood.
The costs of this year’s camp were underwritten by grants from the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island Shriners, the Bernhardt Foundation, Touro Fraternal Association, the Rotary Club of Warwick, and dozens of individual donors.