Braille Monitor                          May 2019

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Child Care During National Convention
NFB Camp Infused with BELL Academy Activities

by Carla McQuillan

Kids camp at previous national conventionFrom the Editor: Carla is a successful businesswoman who makes her living building the future of our nation by modeling and strengthening the character of its children. She owns and runs Main Street Montessori Association in Eugene, Oregon, and we are blessed by her service as the head of NFB Camp, the childcare service we provide for the children of those who attend our convention. Here is what Carla has to say about NFB day camp:

During National Convention this year in Las Vegas, we will be offering child care services to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. NFB Camp is located in a block of meeting rooms at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, not far from the sleeping rooms. Camp is open to sighted and blind children in attendance at convention.

Camp Hours:
Sunday, July 7:           8:30-12 :30 and 1:30-5:30
Monday, July 8:          Camp is Closed
Tuesday, July 9:          8:30-12 and 12:45-5:30
Wednesday, July 10:  9-12:30 and 1:30-5:30
Thursday, July 11:      8:30-12:30 and 1:30-5:30
Friday, July 12:           8:30-12:30 and 1:30-5:30
Banquet:                     6:30-30 minutes after banquet ends

Please note that these times are approximate. The actual times will be thirty minutes before the start of meetings and general sessions, and thirty minutes after adjournment. If the President calls for an early start, or if meetings run long, the opening and closing times will reflect those changes. Late fees will apply if children are not picked up within that thirty-minute window.

Rooms and Setup:
The children will be divided by three age groupings: infants and toddlers, preschool/kindergarten, and elementary. There will also be an activity room for special projects, speakers, and small group activities. Each room will be equipped with toys, games, and books that are appropriate for the ages of the children in that room. In addition, we will be taking the older children outside on the hotel grounds for gross motor activities and water play. We will not be taking the children swimming.

NFB BELL Academy Activities:
We are excited to announce that again this year, we will have a variety of activities from our BELL curriculum, taught by BELL teachers from across the country. All children in camp, sighted or blind, will be invited to participate in these activities. We plan to offer BELL Academy activities during each session of camp throughout the week. Parents will receive the “Campers’ Curriculum,” which will list the times and dates for each of the planned activities.

Staff and Supervision:
Each of the camp rooms will be staffed by members of the Federation, many of whom have been working in camp for years. There will be a lead teacher in each room and additional helpers depending on the number of children in attendance. Carla McQuillan, executive director of Main Street Montessori Association, president of the NFB of Oregon, and a member of the National Board of Directors will be responsible for the supervision of the staff.

Registration and Fees:
Fees for NFB Camp are as follows:
First child: $100/week or $25/day
Additional children: $75/week or $25/day
Banquet: $25 for each child (includes dinner and a show)

Space in camp is limited. We accept children on a first come, first served basis. Please register by June 15 to allow adequate time to secure proper staffing. Online registration is now open. Please go to:

Child Care Outside of Camp Hours:
We maintain a babysitting list at the NFB Camp desk for parents who are in need of child care when camp is closed. Arrangements must be made directly with the individual on the babysitting list. NFB Camp is not responsible for scheduling or making payment arrangements for child care outside of the regular camp hours.

All questions should be directed to Carla McQuillan at or 541-653-9153.

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