Ages 12-22: Camp Abilities Boston is a developmental sports camp for children ages 12-22 who are blind or have low vision. This overnight camp experience introduces children to a variety of sports, including goalball, fishing, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), swimming, beep baseball, track and field, exergaming, tandem biking, cooperative activities, adventure-based activities, beep kickball, rowing, Power Showdown, rock climbing and wrestling.
Camp’s motto is “Believe You Can Achieve”. Through this, Camp Abilities Boston works with campers to increase independence in activities of daily life, advocating needs, boosting self-determination and self-esteem skills in all areas of their life. Camp Abilities Boston is one of twenty-two Camp Abilities in the world – a unique offering, right here in New England.
The purpose of the camp is to empower children to be physically active in their schools and communities, improve their overall health and wellness, encourage a safe and active lifestyle, increase self-confidence and self-efficacy through sports, recreation and physical activity. Camp fosters endless opportunities to work on socialization skills through sport and lifetime fitness.
The camp offers individualized and differentiated instruction throughout the week by staff who work in the field of visual impairment and blindness. Research consistently shows that children who are blind or have low vision have lower levels of health related-physical fitness than their sighted same-age peers. Camp Abilities Boston offers blind sport, mainstream sport, recreation and lifetime fitness opportunities throughout the week.