Future Reflections Winter/Spring 1998, Vol. 17 No. 1


NFB Camp in the Wild, Wild West
Image of Carla McQuillan wearing a cowboy hat
Carla McQuillan
Child Care Information
National Federation of the Blind 1998 Convention
by Carla McQuillan

NFB Camp in the Wild, Wild West: It's more than just child's play. Throughout our National Convention NFB Camp provides activities and programs for children under 12. Although it is generally referred to as Child Care, the participants in NFB Camp will tell you otherwise. It is a tremendous opportunity to instill Federation philosophy in the camp counselors, the parents, and the children—blind and sighted alike. Advance registration is required to ensure that the number of camp counselors is sufficient for the safety and happiness of the children. Both blind and sighted children will enjoy the action-packed schedule that awaits them in Dallas this summer. Call or write today to register.

NFB Camp is under the direction of Carla McQuillan, the owner and operator of Children's Choice Montessori School and Child Care Center in Springfield, Oregon. With eighteen years of teaching experience in early childhood education, Mrs. McQuillan received the NFB's Blind Educator of the Year award at our 1996 convention in Anaheim. Carla is also the mother of two children and the President of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon.

The Team Supervisor and Activities Director are employees of Children's Choice Montessori School. Both have extensive experience planning and expediting programs for children. In addition, we will recruit private and public school teachers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to serve as counselors. All of these individuals have CPR and First Aid certification, criminal record checks, and the education and experience to handle large groups of children with ease.

There will be daily performances by blind musician/singer/songwriter Daniel Lamond. Other featured activities will include presentations by various blind professionals to spark the children's interest; stories read in Braille by blind adults; and a guest appearance by Peggy Elliott, who will share tales of her blind cat Sheriff. Throughout the week we will be taking the children on walking tours of the airport, hotel, and local shops.

NFB Camp will be open one half-hour before the beginning of sessions and one-half hour after sessions adjourn. Children must be picked up during lunch breaks. The schedule follows:

Saturday, July 4: During the Seminar for Parents of Blind Children

Sunday, July 5: No NFB Camp

Monday, July 6: During afternoon committee and division meetings (Kids' Trip Day)

Tuesday, July 7: During general sessions

Wednesday, July 8: During morning general sessions (no Camp during afternoon tours and other activities)

Thursday, July 9: During general sessions and banquet

Friday, July 10: During general sessions

A late fee of $10 per child will be rigorously enforced if children are not picked up from Camp on time.

Please fill out the NFB Camp pre-registration form and mail it today!

Campers' curriculum and other information regarding activities for children and youth during the 1998 NFB Convention will be available at the information table when you arrive at the Dallas-Fort Worth Hyatt Regency in July.