Each summer, students with vision impairments from throughout the four-states region gather at the Greenbush Camp and Retreat Center to forge bonds, push limits and discover what they're capable of at the Trek Tech Camp organized by the Midwest Low-Vision Technology Center.
At this year's camp, slated for July 14-19, the 16 campers will focus on a valuable life skill they often think is out of reach: cooking.
Campers will work with the Greenbush culinary team and low-vision experts to learn safe cooking skills and tackle a number of challenges patterned after the Food Network show "Chopped", culminating in a bake sale and a thank-you brunch served to camp staff.
"I’m going to venture to say that probably 90 percent of the kids that we serve are not allowed in the kitchen at home for fear something will happen," said Calvin Churchwell, director of the Midwest Low-Vision Technology Center, a Joplin-based nonprofit that works with families and educators to ensure students with vision impairments have the tools they need to succeed.
Intertwined with the cooking challenges will be traditional Greenbush camp activities like canoeing, fishing, and team-building challenges on the high and low ropes courses.
For more information, please contact:
Calvin Churchwell (Midwest Low-Vision Technology Center): 417.850.1578
Chelsea Glynn (Camp Organizer): 417.291.2616
Doug Graham (Greenbush): 620.875.1893