August 22, 2016
Camp Abilities, for children and teens who are visually impaired, was hosted for its third summer at the Skidmore campus and nearby venues. Sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Lions club, the August 6-13 camp featured daily sports such as swimming, track and field, tandem biking, beep baseball, goal ball and judo. More sports—ice skating, equestrian activity, paddle boarding and bowling—were offered in the evenings at sports facilities around the Saratoga region.
With "A loss of sight, never a loss of vision" as its motto, Camp Abilities Saratoga aims to empower kids who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind to participate actively in sports that have been professionally adapted to their abilities.
It also provides hands-on experience for undergraduate and graduate students in physical
education and for teaching professionals in adaptive sports: their coordination of
programs and coaching of campers improves their knowledge and confidence in developing
and teaching recreational and social activities for children with sensory impairments.
The camp is one of several events and conferences hosted by Skidmore each summer, along with its own roster of college-run programs, institutes, camps, and workshops in a wide range of fields for all ages.