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Overcoming challenges at Camp Sight Jr.

Summer camp for blind & visually impaired kids

WYOMING, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Summer camp gives children an opportunity to learn, explore and enjoy activities. But sometimes physical limitations prevent a child from participating. Eyewitness News Reporter Mark Hiller takes us to a camp where kids who are vision-impaired are only limited by their imagination.

9-year-old Harrison Kolc of Wilkes-Barre was the look of determination on Tuesday. Tasked with drawing different shapes, sizes and characters, he and six other children came up with something different. But each kid had something in common. "Just imagine that you have your eyes covered up with a bag or something," he said.

The children are attending "Camp Sight Jr." -- a summer camp for blind or visually impaired children. At Social Fabric Collective in Wyoming, they got to be artists for a day. Harrison said, "I just think in my head what to draw and what kind of character I want to make up or what kind of character that is already made up. I can just draw it."

The kids, all ten-years-old or younger, got to explore everything from drawing to dancing. Lily Morgan's impaired vision and fractured ankle can't seem to slow her down. "I do whatever I can to have fun but still get better all at the same time," said the Hazleton girl.

Social Fabric Collective Executive Director Jamie Smith conducted the camp class and saw one thing -- inspiration. "That's one thing I've really learned from working with kids in this program is how they see different things which is also what an artist does is how to bring light to a conversation or an idea. Something that other people may not have noticed," he said.

Camp Sight Jr. is more than just an opportunity for these kids to tap into their inner Picasso. It also gives them an opportunity to bond with each other. It's why Northeast Sight Services and Community Services For Sight team up to hold the two-week camp. Northeast Sight Services President/CEO Sara Peperno said, "This kind of gives an opportunity for kids all over northeastern Pennsylvania to come together, to meet other kids with some of the same challenges and try new things." Lily added, "It helps us and it's just great to be here. I love it." This week, the campers will also experience the JCC Camp in Dallas and The Lands at Hillside Farms in Shavertown. Camp Sight Jr. organizers say the experiences will help campers with such skills as orientation, mobility and team building.
 


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