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Summer Camps 2021

Registration Now Open


Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

2021 Summer Programs


PD: Students and staff on gym floor in front of a mural of a panther at Univeristy of Northern Iowa  during 2019 Camp Abilities.


Summer Time Fun

Something for Everyone


Pandemic Considerations

In preparation for summer camps, Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (IESBVI) is reviewing CDC Guidance and consulting with County Health Departments and the Iowa Department of Public Health. As we learn more about COVID-19 and consider current conditions, we will continually assess whether to cancel or significantly change plans for our residential and day camps. All registered camper families will be directly notified of any changes.  Updates will also be posted on our web page: www.iowa-braille.k12.ia.us 

Physical and mental health are top priorities at our camps. IESBVI is committed to:

  • Consulting with our Health Center professionals and following official state guidance including pre-camp restrictions for campers and staff

  • Establishing frequent and transparent communication with parents

  • Symptom screening daily

  • Creating on-site health, hygiene, and sanitation practices 

  • Making adjustments to camp schedules with a focus on outdoor activities 

  • Having systems in place should a positive case emerge


Residential Camp Descriptions

June 12-13

Girls’ Night Out  - grades 4-7 and grades 8-12                                 Cedar Falls

This camp is a skill building slumber party!  Girls will develop independent living skills by using public transportation, handling money, primping themselves and each other in a safe and accessible environment.  This is an opportunity for girls with visual impairments to spend time with each other, have fun and make new friends.  Girls will be grouped by age for some activities.


Girls should possess basic self-care skills such as toileting and showering.


Contact Lisa Lutz at 319-361-9154 or  lisa.lutz@iaedb.org 


June 13-17

Camp Abilities  - ages 7-21                                                              Cedar Falls

Camp Abilities at the University of Northern Iowa.  This camp focuses on physical activity with exposure and exploration of leisure and recreational hobbies/pursuits. The activities will be adapted and modified so that all can participate regardless of vision level.  


Students should be predominantly independent with self-care and have few behavioral concerns.  Students should be prepared to be active throughout the week and willing to try new activities.


Contact Brandon Schellhorn at 515-249-6312 or brandon.schellhorn@iaedb.org 


June 20-25

Around the World in 5 days - grades 3-8                                   Council Bluffs

Are you interested in learning about other cultures?  

Come to Around the World in 5 days and get to know a different country each day!   You will go on field trips around the area and experience other cultures. You will learn music, customs, and crafts from 5 different countries..  Enjoy all of this plus typical summer camp fun!!


Students who attend this camp should be able to independently toilet, follow simple directions, and stay on task for short amounts of time. Students who need some basic help dressing, showering, and traveling (Orientation and Mobility) can attend this camp.


Optional Bus Route pick-up/drop off locations along I-80.


Contact Becky Marth at 712-310-9205 or becky.marth@iaedb.org 


July 11-16

Transition Life Skills - grades 8-12                                                Des Moines

Create your own adventure in a place where everything around you is always changing.  A place where HUGE skyscrapers loom overhead and sounds from the hustle and bustle of traffic never seem to end. If this sounds like an adventure that you are ready to take on, Transition Life Skills may be just be the camp for you!  Campers will be engaging in one adventure after another designed to develop their independent living skills.  Now that you know that this adventure awaits you, are you ready to take it on?

  • Must be able to independently wake up, maintain personal hygiene, regulate own behaviors, and self-administer prescription and non-prescription medications.  

  • Must be able to comfortably work in a kitchen.

This camp will be held at Grand View University and is limited to 10 participants. 


Contact Kim Stocks, 712-308-1034 or kim.stocks@iaedb.org 


Camp Explore at Sunnyside:

Camp Sunnyside will announce summer camp plans in mid-February. Students who are eligible will be contacted directly regarding registration.  

If you have questions, contact your TVI or Susan Rolinger, 515-782-3792 or susan.rolinger@iaedb.org 


Not comfortable sending your child to camp?

Consider an Independent At-Home Activity Kit

Boxed Up Boredom Busters - age groups 2-4; 5-8; 9-12

Description - A box of family fun delivered to your door!  Activities are based on your child’s developmental and sensory needs.


Kit includes - Necessary supplies, detailed instructions, and additional resources.  All materials are brightly colored, scented, textured, or include sound sources to spark use of multiple senses.


Contact Crystal Beighley, 319-310-8597 or  crystal.beighley@iaedb.org 


Regional Day Camps

Specific details are available on our webpage and will be mailed to families living near day camp locations.

June 21-25

Camp Success - grades 7-12+                                      Burlington

Contact Jill Mehaffy-Nalley, 563-949-7167 or jill.mehaffynalley@iaedb.org 


June 21-25

Expanding Our World: Junior  - grades K-6   (TVI referral)               Des Moines

Contact Shelley Smith, 515-779-4790  or  shelley.smith@iaedb.org 


June 21-24

Northeast Nature Camp  - grades 3-8                               Dubuque

Contact Crystal Beighley, 319-310-8597 or  crystal.beighley@iaedb.org 


June 28-July 2

Great Prairie Summer Quest  - grades K-8  (TVI referral)                  Mt. Pleasant

Contact Jill Mehaffy-Nalley, 563-949-7167 or jill.mehaffynalley@iaedb.org 


June 28-July 2

Expanding Our World: Teen  - grades 7-12  (TVI referral)                Des Moines

Contact Shelley Smith, 515-779-4790 or  shelley.smith@iaedb.org 


July 12-15

Game Time - grades 1-12                                 Sioux Center

Contact Crystal Beighley, 319-310-8597 or  crystal.beighley@iaedb.org 

To register:  Click the link below or scan the QR code with your smart phone’s camera.


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