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2010 Camp GDB attendees sit together with a group of Labrador Retrievers

Camp GDB 2015
June 29 - July 2
Guide Dogs for the Blind's California Campus
350 Los Ranchitos Road San Rafael, CA 94903


Openings for 10 qualified applicants, ages 14-17

Application Period

Camper applications will be accepted through June 1, 2015; applications received after this date will not be considered.

Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) recognizes that the human-animal bond is unique and life changing; we want to give teens with visual impairments the opportunity to experience its potential.

Participants at Camp GDB will explore the companionship, independence, and responsibility of the guide dog mobility lifestyle. During their stay, campers will 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 will have mentoring opportunities with successful guide dog handlers, including teen GDB alumni. Campers will also learn all about GDB and the communities of support that enhance our programs. There are plenty of social activities and time for developing new friendships too!

Qualified applicants are youth aged 14 to 17, who are legally blind and seriously considering the guide dog lifestyle. Campers are responsible for their own daily living skills. Each camper will have their own room in our student residence, which will be staffed around the clock by GDB staff and/or chaperones. Meals will be provided both on our campus as well as in the community. Camp GDB is FREE to qualified applicants, families will, however, need to provide transportation to and from our facility.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in attending Camp GDB, please contact Jane Flower (