18 Summer Camps


Tennessee School for the Blind is pleased to announce the following three camps for the summer of 2018.



The Tennessee School for the Blind, located in Nashville, TN, is offering three weeks of enrichment camp experiences to students who are blind or visually impaired. Attached at the bottom of this page are both the camp application as well as the necessary medical forms required for completion of the application process.

Here is a brief description of these programs. Our camp numbers are limited so we ask that families submit their applications as soon as possible. All applications for students who do not attend TN School for the Blind currently must be returned by Friday, April 13, 2018. If you have additional questions that are not addressed with the attached application packet, please reach out to our co-camp directors, Andy Joiner (andy.joiner@tsbtigers.org) and Tammy Parsons (tammy.parsons@tsbtigers.org).

CDC/Life Skills Camp June 10-15, 2018

Tennessee students who are 7-21 years old with visual impairment are eligible for the CDC/Life Skills camp. Students whose IEP testing accommodations indicate TCAP-ALT or Portfolio should apply for the CDC/Life Skills camp. Students should be able to adjust to being in an unfamiliar environment away from home rather quickly. Although staff-student ratio is small, extreme behavioral and motoric needs may be difficult to meet.

The focus of the program is to offer students an opportunity to participate in a variety of fun, meaningful, small-group activities such as community outings, social skills, recreation and leisure and special projects. Every effort is made to group students with peers who are similar in age and functioning level.

Elementary Camp June 10-15, 2018

The elementary school camp is a weeklong session for students entering 2nd grade to students entering 6th grade. The program will focus on enhancing academic success, beginning skills in adaptive technology, socialization, basic daily living skills, community exploration, and recreation. Students will be involved in physical education, games, cooking, and crafts, swimming and field trips. Students should be participating in their respective grade level TNReady Exams. Students not involved in the state standardized testing program should apply for the CDC/Life Skills camp.

Middle School/High School Camp June 17 -22, 2018

Camp activities will focus on enhancing the student’s educational achievement, improving daily living skills, presenting information about adaptive technology, developing self-advocacy awareness, and fostering enjoyment of leisure time activities.

Tennessee students with visual impairment who are rising 7th - 12th Grade are eligible for the High/Middle School Camp. Students should be participating in their respective grade level TNReady or End of Course Exams. Students participating in the TCAP-Alt should apply for the CDC/Life Skills camp.

Orientation and Mobility Camp (Middle/High School), June 17-22, 2018 This camp is limited to 6 campers.

The purpose of the Orientation and Mobility camp is to extend the experiences of our blind and visually impaired campers in the areas of safe and effective travel in an urban environment. Students will work in pairs with a TSB orientation and mobility specialist to receive 12-15 hours of O&M instruction and support during the week. Activities such as riding public transportation, going out to dinner, navigating the sidewalks of a residential and downtown area, and learning about intersections will be included.

Also, cane skills and/or use of low vision devices will be incorporated, as appropriate for each student. Students will also interact with students from the middle and high school enrichment camp when they are not with the O&M specialist for additional on and off campus

fun! Tennessee students with visual impairment who are rising 7th - 12th Grade are eligible for the Orientation and Mobility camp.

Middle School/High School Sports Camp June 24 -29, 2018

This week-long session is dedicated to introducing students to after school and blind specific sports. Students will develop sport/physical activity skills, while also working to improve socialization, teamwork, cooperation and self-determination. Sports include track & field, goalball, beep baseball, archery, swimming, and fitness. Tennessee students with visual impairment who are rising 7th - 12th graders are eligible for the High/Middle School Sports Camp.    Students should be predominately independent (help with tying shoes, picking clothes is fine). Students should possess verbal or sign communication skills. Students must be able to participate in a group setting (runway/fleeing behaviors, biting/hitting/scratching/kicking behaviors and/or defiant behavior will not be tolerated). Students should be fit enough to participate in a full day of sports and physical activities including but not limited to walking at least a ½ mile throughout the day in between activities. Students should be participating in their respective grade level TNReady or End of Course Exams.

Additional program information

All our camps will take place on the TSB campus in Nashville, TN. Camp activities are designed to meet students’ interests and abilities, with special emphasis on providing enjoyable, meaningful and educational experiences for the campers. The camp programs also serve as a practicum setting to prepare teachers to serve students who are visually impaired.

Enrollment is limited, and slots will be given in the order in which applications are received. Students accepted into the camps will be notified upon receipt of a completed application and medical paperwork. Medical paperwork is included through a link at the bottom.

Students attending camp must have a current physical exam and immunizations must be up-to-date. Participation in all camps is free. Meals and lodging are provided free of charge. Each camp begins with registration on Sunday and concludes the following Friday at 12:00 pm.

Parents please indicate on the application if you do not expect your child to participate in the full length of the program. Students who are unable to stay on campus during the evenings due to maturity issues or serious medical or behavioral restrictions are certainly encouraged to attend as “Day Campers.

Transportation to and from camp is the responsibility of the parents. The camp will

end at 12:00 PM (noon) each Friday. We look forward to meeting new friends this summer from around the beautiful state of Tennessee. See you this summer!

Mr. Andy Joiner 



Dr. Tammy Parsons



Tennessee School for the Blind

115 Stewart's Ferry Pike

Nashville, TN 3714



Link for Camp Application

Link for Medical Forms and Information