The Summer Destination for the Visually Impaired and Blind
Since 1967 the North Carolina Lions Camp Dogwood for the Blind and Visually Impaired has been a beacon of service to citizens from all over North Carolina. This summer destination provides a wonderful and therapeutic retreat for persons with visual impairment and blindness.
Over 800 campers during the summer months enjoy weekly overnight stays with numerous recreational and entertaining activities. The visually impaired persons enjoy fun and relaxation while developing friendships with each other, staff and volunteers.
Camp Dogwood has developed over the years from a rustic camp setting into a beautiful campus retreat center. The guest rooms have two full size beds, temperature controls and a private bath. Each dormitory houses a screened porch with rocking chairs and a lounge equipped with TV and a kitchenette. The grounds have paved walkways and driveways for easy mobility.
The Lodge features a touchable art gallery and library. The library includes a computer/media center, audio, broiler material and CCTV’s.
The campus includes a sensory garden and nature trail complete with guide roping. The dormitories and lodge are are equipped with free wi-fi internet access.
The many recreational experiences include boating, tubing, swimming, fishing, art classes, crafts seminars, exercise classes, shopping trips, bowling trips, on-site miniature golf, bingo games, dances, educational seminars and much more.
The well equipped kitchen and dining room furnish wholesome and satisfying meals each day.
The summer relational program begins the first week of June with sessions lasting into August. This program is designed for adults ages 18-100+ years. Each week long session begins on Sunday afternoon and ends the following Saturday morning.
Utmost Professional Care
The camp program staff experience a comprehensive week of training prior to camper’s arrivals. This training includes but is not limited to CPR, first aid, AED defibrillator, blind sensitivity, blind mobility, sighted guide techniques and fire safety.