February Featured Camper: Olivia

Camp BarnabasFeatured Camper

Olivia was born with glaucoma and lost her vision shortly after. Although she is legally blind and uses a cane to get around; her spirit is as bright as ever.

Olivia with her staffer at Theater activity.

Olivia with her staffer at Theater activity.

ABOUT OLIVIA:

  • Diagnosis: Glaucoma
  • Age: 9 years old
  • Years attending camp: Two years
  • Favorite thing about camp: “I enjoy the water slides and the swimming pool.”-Olivia
  • What makes camp memorable:

    “Camp Barnabas means adventure for our children. It means getting to meet people that are in the same situation; it’s not always easy to do that when you have a child with a disability. [It’s not always easy] to have Olivia meet other people who are blind and also navigate the world the same way she does.” – Carolyn, Olivia’s Mom

Olivia arriving at Camp Barnabas.

Olivia arriving at Camp Barnabas.

Her family first heard about Camp Barnabas from the Lighthouse for the Blind. Prior to this, neither her nor her siblings had experienced a night away from each other. Her parents were optimistic but nervous about sending Olivia away to camp for a week.

Upon arrival, they immediately felt a wave of peace. “You feel safe when you get here,” said Carolyn, Olivia’s mom.

Both she and her brother Lucas jumped right into camp life. “Olivia loved swimming. She enjoyed the water, the slides, the songs and the parties,” said Carolyn. After the week was over, “both of my kids came home singing and quoting the bible.”

Looking forward to seeing you at camp, Olivia!

Olivia with her counselor at the pool.

Olivia with her counselor at the pool.