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Spaces Filling up Fast for STEM, Woodworking, Horse Camp Sessions at Enchanted Hills Camp

Our special STEM, woodworking and horse camp sessions are returning this summer. Whether you’re a budding scientist, interested in creating artful objects from wood or ready to learn how to properly care for horses, we have the camp session for you.

To sign up for any of these sessions, contact Taccarra Burrell at ehc@lighthouse-sf.org or 451-694-7310 for an application or with any questions. You’ll also find descriptions of the sessions and online applications on our website.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for Youth
This year Enchanted Hills Camp is again offering a special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program within our Youth Session at Enchanted Hills. The STEM program will run from July 13 to 16 and will provide students ages 11 to 15 with an unforgettable, hands-on learning experience in Science, Engineering and Technology and Math. More than education and fun, though, all participants will work with real-life blind scientists, chemists and engineers who will leave an unforgettable impression that adult science success is possible with little or no vision.

During the class, students will take part in hands-on, accessible and innovative activities including computing, rocket building, plant biology and chemistry. Students will also learn how to build their own accessible electronic devices using the popular Arduino systems and have the opportunity to take a field trip to the Exploratorium in San Francisco for some special hands-on instruction by Exploratorium scientists.

Parents and guardians who wish to register their children for the STEM program can do so on a supplemental section which is included with the Youth Session application.

  • Who: Youth ages 11 to 15
  • When: Wednesday, July 13 through Saturday, July 16
  • Cost: $60 Session Fee (free for those attending the youth session)

To sign up for this session, contact Taccarra Burrell at ehc@lighthouse-sf.org or 451-694-7310 for an application or with any questions.

Woodworking with George Wurtzel
Join expert carpenter George Wurtzel for a week long workshop designed for transition aged campers that are beginners and intermediate woodworkers.

This class will cover wood turning, hand tool work and an introduction to power tools. We’ll learn how to measure accurately without sight, using click rules, gauge blocks, Vernier calipers and talking tape measures. We’ll talk about wood types and construction techniques and learn when to glue, when to nail and when to use screws. We’ll also touch on finishing techniques.

  • Who: Youth ages 16 through 24
  • When: Monday, August 1 through Sunday, August 7, 2016
  • Cost: $300.00
  • Class is limited to 12 participants, so sign up now

To sign up for this special workshop, contact Taccarra Burrell at tburrell@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7318 for an application or with any questions.

Horse Camp with Diane Starin
Join us again for Horse Camp. Participants will have a chance to learn from avid horseback rider and wrangler, Diane Starin. Starin, who is blind, has owned, ridden, taught and cared for horses for more than 30 years. She has an Associates of Science degree in agricultural business, a Certificate in Horse Husbandry and is a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.

This camp session is for blind or visually impaired riders, ages 16 through 24. It is geared for those that have ridden before, but not a lot. Starin has a wealth of knowledge about the proper care of horses, and students will have a truly unique chance to learn from a blind professional how it’s done with little or no sight.

Diane told us, “Horses have been my passion since I was about two and I have wanted to teach a horse camp for as long as I can remember. This is especially important to me, because blind people don’t have as much of a chance to ride and handle horses.”

  • Who: Youth ages 16 through 24
  • When: Monday, August 1 through Sunday, August 7, 2016
  • Cost for each camper is $300.
  • Space is limited to six participants, so sign up while spaces are available. We expect this session to be very popular.

Besides riding lessons and instruction on horse care (including a visit with a farrier), scheduled outings include a tour of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Center, driving a horse team at Rush Ranch, provided by Access Adventures. Started in 2005 by Mike Muir, the great grandson of environmentalist John Muir, Access Adventures will be providing an excellent opportunity for our campers to connect with nature through the horses.

A separate application is available for this session. Campers must have independent mobility skills.

Objectives for Horse Camp

  • Teach safety
  • Teach grooming
  • Teach tacking up
  • Teach good care and maintenance
  • Expand each camper’s knowledge of different kinds of equipment and their different applications
  • Riding and lessons as time and skill level allow

To sign up for this session, contact Taccarra Burrell at ehc@lighthouse-sf.org or 451-694-7310 for an application or with any questions.

Enchanted Hills to Host “Woodworking for the Blind” Annual Summer Workshop

Led by our own master woodworker, George Wurtzel, Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind is excited to host the Woodworking for the Blind’s Fifth Annual Summer Workshop from August 23 through 27.

Woodworking for the Blind is a national organization of both novice and experienced blind woodworkers. The August Workshop features three full days of instruction at Enchanted Hills and will concentrate on various aspects of wood joinery including dovetails, mortise and tenons, box finger joints and lap and bridle joints. In addition there will be sessions on cutting curves with templates on both router and bandsaw, as well as woodturning techniques, coloring wood with dyes and stains, finishing guidelines and a presentation on developments in talking tools.

Although this workshop is full, George Wurtzel will be presenting another workshop training for blind woodworkers from November 10 thru the 13 at Enchanted Hills Camp. Applications for this special workshop will be available through the LightHouse website in August.

For further information, contact George Wurtzel at gwurtzel@lighthouse-sf.org.