Deaf-Blind Camp 2008 - CANCELLED

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, EFFECTIVE 8/20/08.

Courage North Camp Retreat Center
37569 N Courage Dr
Lake George, MN.
September 17 – September 21, 2008
(Wednesday at 3:00 pm thru Sunday at 10:00 am)

Dear Deaf-Blind campers / Special Service Providers

Hi. I’m Mike Walton, the new director of Courage North Camp. I first attended Seabeck DB Camp at Seattle, Washington, in 2006. Then LCDC-DB Camp in Eunice, Louisiana, then West River DB Camp in Annapolis, Maryland and DeafBlind Acess Services Camp in Atlanta, Georgia. I take pride in learning the interests of the DB campers so I am happy to invite you to Courage North Retreat Center.

The Deaf-Blind Retreat will be held at Courage North Retreat Center, in Lake George, Minnesota. We are looking forward to a FIVE days / FOUR nights week of relaxation, support and fun with the DB campers and the SSP’s.

Mark your calendar à September 17 – 21, 2008!!!

Hope you can come and join us
Deep in the Pines!

A rate of $113 per person for 5 days / 4 nights camp includes lodging / 11 meals (Sep 17th dinner to Sep 21st breakfast.

Meeting areas - Finnish Sauna - Outside fire ring
Playing fields - Camp store - Gymnasium
Volleyball / Basketball - Ping Pong / Foosball / Pool Tables
Hiking trails

Six Cabins: Each cabin sleeps up to 14 people. And have a day room, fireplace and accessible showers in bathroom.

Dining Hall - a 3,000 square foot building with a capacity for 100 more people. It has a beautiful fireplace / seating area.

Note: 84 people are needed including DB campers and SSPs. it is a first come first serve. If less than 80, the camp will be cancelled; you will get a full refund.

Do not purchase air, bus and train tickets
until you receive an acceptance letter before July 21st.

THINGS TO BRING TO CAMP

  • comfortable clothing for hot and cooler weathers
  • swim suit
  • bath towel
  • Jacket
  • long pants
  • flash light
  • insect repellent
  • medications
  • toiletries
  • extra shoes/sandals
  • money for the camp store
  • Sun Screen
  • Hat
  • Sun glasses
  • dirty clothes bag
  • water bottle
  • camera
  • linens (if you do not want to rent from the camp)
  • sleeping bag

REQUIRED ITEMS TO BRING:

  • Vaseline Petroleum jelly (2 oz)
  • FIVE minute comedy monologue or storytelling (for DB only)
  • Sunday paper - Comics section
  • Oscar costumes for the Saturday night dance
  • Male: wear a woman dress and a wig
  • Female: wear a white shirt, a tie and fake mustache.

Courage North Deaf Blind Retreat Center Schedule

Wednesday - September 17, 2008

3:00 pm – Registration at Dining Hall
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Playing Field
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Dinner at Dining Hall
6:45 pm – 7:15 pm – Introduction Dance
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Singing Chairs
8:45 pm – open Social / Indoor Activities / Snacks

Thursday - September 18, 2008

8:00 am – 9:00 am — Breakfast at Dining Hall
9:15 am – 9:30 am — Camp Group Photo – Outside
9:45 am – 11:45 am — Maze / Scavenger Hunt / Games–Activities
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm — Lunch at Dining Hall
1:15 pm – 3:00 pm — Comic Strip Masks (must be done)
3:15 pm – 5:00 pm — Clay Masks
— Beads (tie, earrings and necklace)
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm — Rest / Social
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm — Dinner at Dining Hall
7:15 – 8:30 pm — Comedy Monologue / Storytelling
8:45 pm – open — Social / Indoor Activities / Snacks

Friday – September 19, 2008

8:00 am – 9:00 am — Breakfast at Dining Hall
9:15 am – 10:15 am — Courage North Museum

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Friday – September 19, 2008 (continued)

10:30 am – 11:45 am – Indoor / Outdoor Activities
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm — Lunch at Dinning Hall
1:15 pm – 3:45 pm – Maze / Scavenger Hunt / Games-Activities
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Clay Masks / Beads (must be done)
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm – Rest / Social
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner at Dining Hall
7:15 pm – open - TV show games / Social / Activities / Snacks

Saturday – September 20, 2008

8:00 am – 9:00 am — Breakfast at Dining Hall
9:15 am – 11:45 am — Itasca State Park, Bemidji or Lake George – Maze / Scavenger Hunt / Games–Activities
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm — Lunch at Dining Hall
1:15 pm – 4:00 pm — Monologue Play / Storytelling
4:15 – 5:30 pm — Rest / Social
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm — Dinner at Dining Hall
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm — Dress Up
7:45 pm – 8:15 pm — Academy Award Oscars winnings
8:30 — open – Dance / Social / Snacks

Sunday – September 21, 2008

8:00 am – 9:00 pm — Breakfast – Dining Hall
9:00 am – farewell
10:00 am – buses leave for MSP airport

Are you ready? If yes - fill out this below application now!!!
DEADLINE DATEJULY 15TH

Application

Deaf-Blind Camp 2008
Courage North Retreat Center
37569 N Courage Dr
Lake George, MN.
September 17 – September 21, 2008
(Wednesday thru Sunday)

_ DB camper _ Braille _ wheelchair _ linens ($3.00)

_ SSP linens ($3.00)

____________________ ______________________
Last Name First Name

_________________________________ _________
Street Address Apt.#

___________________ ____________ __________
City State Zip Code

___________________________ __ Voice __ TTY
Contact phone #

______________________ ____________________
e-mail

Age ______________ Male __ Female __

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TRANSPORTATION

__ DB camper __ SSP

____________________ ______________________
Last Name First Name

__ Provide my own transportation to and from camp.
(map/directions on last page)

__ Need help with transportation - $20 RT — 4 hours each way (comfort motorcoach bus carrys up to 54 ppl out of MSP airport at 11 am and out of the camp at 10am)

List the kinds of transportation help you will need:

__________________________________________

__________________________________________

__________________________________________

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

__ DB camper __ SSP

____________________ ______________________
Last Name First Name

In case of an emergency, whom should we contact?

Name: ______________Relationship____________

Phone no: _____________________ __ Voice __ TTY

Doctor’s Name:_____________________________
Phone no: ____________________________

Date of Birth __________Social Sec.#___________

Medical Release

(Clear English):

If I am hurt or too sick to make a decision, it is okay for camp nurse, camp staff, director, to decide my medical care. They can decide if I have surgery, medication, and/ or treatment.

(Long English):

In the event that my consent cannot be readily obtained, the camp nurse and/or camp staff are authorized to consent on my behalf for necessary medical treatment. In case of medical emergency, the camp nurse or camp staff is authorized to obtain treatment for me including medication, anesthesia or surgery.

_____________________________ _____________
Signature of Camper / Date Date

The camp phone is 218 266 3658 (voice) for emergencies only.
763 520 0245 (T T Y) for emergencies only.

Please mail your application and money
(check, money order or cashier’s check)

Payable to the Order of - Courage North Retreat Center

Mike Walton
c/o Courage North Retreat Center
18595 Morris Court
Red Bluff CA 96080-9117

DEADLINE DATEJULY 15TH

Here’s some camp information:

1) Welcome to the first time Deaf Blind Camp.

2) Deaf-Blind campers should arrive no earlier than 3 pm on Wednesday September 17th. Camp will end after breakfast on Sunday, September 21st (around 10:00 am). People can leave on Saturday night if that is more convenient but no buses are available until Sunday at 10:00 am.

3) If you need transportation to and from the bus/train stations, please indicate that on the page 7. Provide your own transportation if at all possible. Directions to the camp are included in this letter. Questions about transportation should be directed to Mike Walton at meadowxyz@yahoo.com.

4) Be sure to bring money for buses and camp store.

5) Bring any food that you may need if you have a special diet. Put your name on that food and if it needs to be refrigerated use the refrigerator in the Retreat Center. The camp dining hall is not able to accommodate special diets.

6) The camp schedule is tentative and is subject to change, depending on the weather, etc.

7) SSP’s should be on break from 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm and should be free at 10 pm every night. No SSP should work after 10 pm unless they volunteer to do so. Campers cannot force their SSP’s to work later than 10 pm.

8) The theme of the camp is “Hollywood” Bring some kind of your favorite actor/actree costumes for the dance on the last night (September 20th) Dress up is mandatory!

9) The use of alcohol and drugs is prohibited at the camp. Every one is expected to show courtesy and respect for one another. Romantic associations and/or unwanted touching is also prohibited.

10) Everyone gets a T-shirt and a camp photo. They will be mailed after the camp.

11) Blankets and pillows are furnished only at the camp but twin sized fitting / regular sheet and pillowcase linen sets available for rent. The cost is $3.00 per set.

12) There is no public transportation for Itasca State Park and the closest cities – Lake George and Bemidji so do your own.

13) Please wear dark color shirts/tee shirts. (white ppl: black, dark green, navy, etc.) (non-whte ppl: lime, orange, gray, etc.)

14) Bring play games like chess, checkers, backgammon, etc.

15) No pets are allowed except ‘service’ dogs.

Any questions or problems: contact Mike.

Hey – if you are interested but haven’t decided, just reply to me so I could know and count the numbers of ppl.
Thank you!!!

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