The July school holidays were busy and very exciting! From 2 - 6 July we held our fourth annual camp for teenagers who are blind or partially sighted and from 8 - 12 July we held our third annual camp for teenagers with an intellectual impairment
Both camps were tons of fun! Many adventures were had; campers experienced new and exciting activities; amazing friendships were formed; campers grew and learned lots. All in all July was an exciting month packed with many amazing moments and very special memories.
Highlights on the first camp included abseiling, rock climbing, foofie sliding, an impromptu night hike, hiking out to the bush camp and sleeping in wood cabins and many nights spent keeping warm and chatting around the campfire.
On the second camp highlights included our Game Show Evening entitled "Higher Ground's Friends Like These", the Awards Ceremony and Dance on the last evening, many games of soccer, awesome creations in arts and crafts...just to name a few.
We look forward to many more adventures with the awesome guys and girls who joined us on camp this year!
Check out the Photo Gallery for more pictures of these camps.
Some comments from campers who attended camp:
"This camp has encouraged me never to give up and always respect myself and others"
"There were a lot of fun activities and stuff to do. The best part of the camp I enjoyed most was abseiling and meeting new friends"
"I have experienced or got an opportunity to experience many many adventures and we have learnt a lot of things. If I was put in a forest and told to survive I would"
"Being at Higher Ground Camp was really awesome and adventurous. Opportunities like this hardly occur for the disabled to enjoy. This camp is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Everything we did at the camp was really good."
Next up, in August, we held our first camp out of KZN...
15 adults, all of whom were blind or visually impaired, joined us for a relaxing, adventurous weekend away near the sleepy town of Stanford (about an hour from Hermanus). The weekend was an absolute blast with highlights being kayaking out on the lagoon, a walk to the beach (with those brave enough getting in the ocean), horseriding, singing until late at night, some lengthy games of dominos and much more. We had a delicious potjie dinner on the first night and a braai on the second night. This short camp was awesome and we will definitely be repeating it...see you same time next year in the Cape!