Lion’s Club holds Camp Abilities

Campers, coaches and staff who took part in the Lion's Club Camp Abilities in Sartoga Aug. 5 thorugh 11 pose. (Photo submitted)

SARATOGA — The Saratoga Springs Lions Club hosted its fifth annual Camp Abilities Saratoga camp from Aug. 5 through 11. The camp, which attracts campers from throughout New York state and beyond, is an active sports camp for children and teens who are blind or visually impaired.

Since 1925, when Helen Keller challenged Lions Clubs around the world to become “Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness”, the Lions mission has focused on sight and hearing conservation, diabetes awareness and youth.

The camp has made great strides over the past five years to empower children and teens that are blind, visually impaired or deaf blind to be physically active by way of a series of sports activities that have been professionally adapted to their abilities. Additionally, the camp provides a “real life” hands-on experience for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing the field of physical education, as well as active teaching professionals from the field of adaptive sports. This improves their knowledge, experience and confidence in developing and teaching sports, recreational and social activities for children with sensory impairments.

The third objective of the program is to demonstrate to parents and families of campers the child’s potential ability to function independently while also providing their child with an inclusionary summer camp experience with other children.

The camp was supported by numerous financial and in-kind sponsors, including local Lions clubs from Johnstown, Gloversville, Broadalbin Perth and Fonda Fultonville.

A Camp Abilities camper runs in track and field using a rope as a guide during the camp held Aug. 5 though 11. (Photo submitted)

For more information about the camp please visit the camp website at https://campabilitiessaratoga.org/.

A Camp Abilities Judo coach helps a camper take part in the Lion's Club Camp Abilities. (Photo submitted)

A Camp Abilities camper gets ready to put a golf ball while a counselor gives him a visual clue during the Lion's Club Camp Abilities. (Photo submitted)