Campers, volunteers needed for Camp EX

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 17, 2010

Spots are still available for anyone interested in attending Camp EX at Blue Lake Camp.

Camp EX is a retreat designed for adults who are blind or have low vision.

Blue Lake Camp Director Phyllis Murray said there are about 10 to 15 spots available, but all of the scholarships are gone.

“We had wonderful response from Lions Clubs across the state, who sent us scholarships we were able to provide,” she said. “We have people from Altoona (Ala.), Montgomery, Andalusia, Opp, Panama City and Mobile signed up.”

The event is a joint effort between Blue Lake Camp and the Covington Blind and Low Vision Outreach Group.

Campers will enjoy a cookout, hayride, motorcycle rides, crafts, water exercise, lesson on mobility, technical equipment, and much more, Murray said.

The cost of the event is $125, which includes three days of fun, two nights stay and six meals, Murray said. The event will begin mid-afternoon on Sept. 26 and will end after lunch Sept. 28.

“The Covington Outreach group wants to reach out to those needing resources and assistance dealing with their loss of eyesight,” said Wanda Scroggins, outreach coordinator. “The retreat will become an annual event for adults.  One out of 10 adults begin to lose their eyesight after age 50.  There are very few retreats designed for adults with low eyesight in the United States.”

Murray said the camp could still use more volunteers.

To sign up for the camp or to become a volunteer, contact Murray at 222-5407.­­