Bridges Blog Educational Resources Extracurricular Resources Independent Living Resources Orientation and Mobility Recreation Resources Series: Summer Spotlight, June 2022

Summer Spotlight — Maryland Camps and Summer Programs

DORS Support for Summer Camps and Programs

What does DORS do?

The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation (DORS) represents an important transition resource for all blind/low vision students in Maryland. DORS provides year-round support, access to important mentoring resources, support for disability-related technology and training (including post-secondary education expenses, like tuition). DORS even has an office dedicated to serving the needs of blind/low vision individuals: the Office of Blindness & Vision Services (OBVS).

This summer, DORS supports programming from other providers, like the Maryland School for the Blind and the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.

Connecting with DORS

If you do not yet have a DORS counselor, please consider getting one soon! DORS services and supports are only available to individuals who have an open case with DORS. With the OBVS Transition Contacts, you can find contact information for the DORS/OBVS counselor who serves transition-age students in your county.

If you already have a DORS case open, be sure to keep in regular contact with your counselor. Communication is key.

MSB Summer Camps and Programs

The Maryland School for the Blind (MSB) has a variety of summer programs for students ages 6-17.

**NOTE: For all MSB programs, the registration packet must be filled out by the end of June. Some programs have caps on the number of participants, so we encourage all to fill out the forms as quickly as possible.

TRECCK for Success

This program focuses on providing instruction for the Expanded Core Curriculum for blind and low vision students. This year’s theme is animals, and students will learn skills, participate in activities, and socialize all while learning about animals. This camp is a day camp.

Two sessions of the TRECCK camp will be offered this summer, each for a different age group:

To sign up, complete the 2022 MSB Outreach Summer Programs: Interest Form, and the registration packet will be sent to you.

Camp Abilities

The MSB website notes that the goal of Camp Abilities is to provide students with “authentic and educational opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, health-enhancing activities, and social opportunities that they can continue throughout their life. We strongly promote independence and self-advocacy throughout the week.” This is an overnight camp and it is only offered for one session.

There is limited space in the program. Link to the 2022 MSB Camp Abilities Registration.

Camp Merrick

Camp Merrick offers a camping opportunity for students. Participants will reside in cabins for the week, and engage in recreational activities, sports, crafts, and have all kinds of summer fun.

To sign up, complete the 2022 MSB Outreach Summer Programs: Interest Form, and the registration packet will be sent to you.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind Summer Program

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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