Archery, beep baseball, and soccer. These are only a few of the sports available for visually impaired youth attending Camp Abilities. Each year, some forty kids, aged 9-17 come from all across the state of Maryland to attend the camp. The camp is run by volunteers from Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, Fairfax Public Schools in Virginia and the Maryland School for the Blind (MSB) in Baltimore, Maryland.
The camp allows the opportunity for kids to participate in an authentic summer camp experience, while focusing on teaching and developing their skills in adaptive sports, modified for the visually impaired. In many cases, attendees come from mainstream school systems that don’t have other visually impaired students. Camp Abilities is an opportunity for the students of these backgrounds to interact with other students alike.