Forty-two campers concluded their week-long National Camp for the Blind, July 29-August 5, at California's Leoni Meadows, a permanent feature of Christian Record's 14 similar annual activities throughout the United States and Canada. Every camp provides a variety of activities and camaraderie, and each camper is assisted by volunteer counselors.
"Each camp provides a transformational menu of activities for the campers," said Dr. Dexter Thomas, camp pastor who shares his experiences as a blind person. Meeting with campers every day, he provided inspiration to the campers for many of whom such a camp is "the only opportunity they have to get outside, participate in physical activities, and enjoy camaraderie with each other," he adds.
Generous public donations contribute to make a week-long event special. 2012 is the Christian Record's 45th year of organizing camps in which more than 50,000 people participated. Located between Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, 920 acres of land surrounded by the El Dorado National forest were once owned by a dairy and truck gardening ranchers, the Leoni family. Now the camp is owned by the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
[For a set of photographs, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/christianrecord/sets/72157630931153484/. All photos are by Rajmund Dabrowski]
Article by Rajmund Dabrowski, Assistant to the President for Marketing