Every summer, GDB hosts a group of qualified youth ages 14 to 17 at one of our campuses for our week-long Camp GDB. The camp is designed for youth who are legally blind and that are seriously considering using a guide dog for mobility in the future. Guide Dogs for the Blind recognizes that the human-animal bond is unique; we want to give teens with visual impairments the opportunity to experience its life-changing potential.
At Camp GDB, participants explore the companionship, independence, and responsibility of having a guide dog. Campers receive hands-on guide dog instruction with an emphasis on understanding the specific orientation and mobility skills required to be a successful guide dog handler, as well as the fitness and endurance necessary for guide dog travel. They also have mentoring interactions with successful guide dog handlers; spend time doing hands-on activities in many areas of our program (such as in our veterinary clinics and kennels), and for one night are assigned their very own dogs to care for, play with, and snuggle! There are also ample social and recreational activities, and time for developing new friendships as well.
Campers are responsible for their own daily living skills. Campers have their own private room in our student residence, which is staffed around the clock by GDB staff and/or chaperones. All meals are provided. Camp GDB is FREE to qualified applicants; families are responsible for providing transportation to and from our campus, including air travel (however, GDB does provide airport transfers).