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

Camp GDB 2016
July 18 - 22
Guide Dogs for the Blind's California Campus
350 Los Ranchitos Road San Rafael, CA 94903

We are excited to host eight qualified youth ages 14 to 17 at Guide Dogs for the Blind’s 2016 week long Summer Camp program! If you are “legally blind” and are seriously considering the Guide Dog lifestyle for mobility, then you DO NOT want to miss out on this summer’s Guide Dog camp experience! See below for more information on how to apply.

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

Campers 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 also have mentoring opportunities with successful guide dog handlers, and experience an overnight with their very own Guide Dog to care for, and of course play with and snuggle too! There will be plenty of social/recreational activities and time for developing new friendships as well!

Campers will be 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 campus. If your application is accepted and you need to arrive by plane, again the cost of that transportation is the responsibility of the family, however we will provide transportation to and from the airport.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in attending Camp GDB, please contact Jane Flower, Outreach Manager for an application, or click on the application link provided below to begin the application process.

Please note that applications received after June 11, 2016 WILL NOT be considered.

Click here for application.

Family Day

Please join us for Family Day at GDB to learn more about guide dog mobility for your child. Families will have the opportunity to do a simulated guide work exercise, talk to guide dog alumni and professionals, and see what our Camp GDB campers have accomplished in their week long experience with us.

Date: Friday, July 22
Time: 10:00am-2:30pm
Who: Families of “GDB Camp” campers and their families along with families who have children with a visual impairment and are interested in learning more about the Guide Dog lifestyle.

Lunch will be provided!

Please RSVP to Jane Flower Outreach Manager at no later than July 11, 2016