Published 12:03 am Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sunday will kickoff the third annual “Extreme Experience Vision Retreat” at Blue Lake Camp, and there are still spots available, officials said Tuesday.

Blue Lake Executive Director Phyllis Murray said that this camp is a joint effort between the camp and the Covington County Blind and Low Vision group.

The event, which is open to the vision-impaired and their support people, will feature four days and three nights filled with activities such as motorcycle rides, fishing, canoeing, nature hikes and cookouts, as well as group counseling sessions and group discussions.

“We have people attending from as far away as California,” Murray said. “There’s some from St. Louis, Mo., all around Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida. Right now, we have 42 coming for this camp.”

Cost for the event is $190, which includes room, board and the program.

Murray said for those who haven’t already signed up, they may do so by Friday.

Additionally, the annual Sunshine Camp will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7.

“We’re going to have probably close to 50 campers,” she said. “We are going on probably 40 years of having this camp, which is for adults with physical and mental needs. They get to swim and canoe and do all sorts of activities.”

For more information about the blind and low vision retreat, contact Murray at 222-5407 or email her at or Wanda Scroggins at 428-3335.

-Kendra Bolling