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Special weeklong camp brings confidence to visually-impaired kids

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PARKVILLE, MO (KCTV) -

A summer camp full of climbing, obstacle courses, archery and kids spending time with others who have similar interests is fairly common in the summer, but Alphapointe Adventure Camp focuses on a special group of youngsters.

"The theme for camp this year is Be a Hero," said Clay Berry with Alphapointe.

Up in the sky, look, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a super kid. They can climb, they can balance and they can fly even though back on the ground most need a cane to move around.

"I'm a really independent girl. I don't like it when people say, 'Oh do you need help with this, you can't do this?' Yes I can," camper Meg Shermer said.

It's that kind of confidence that Alphapointe's weeklong camp helps bring out in the visually-impaired kids.

"Camp pushes you to do different things so you know what you can do when you come home," camper Abby Burton said.

Things campers get to do include walking on a balance beam 36 feet up in the air and aiming a bow and arrow, lining it up and hitting a mark.

"It makes me feel like I'm more grown up," camper Tucker Wagner said.

For many special campers, it's a rare opportunity to spend time with other blind kids.

"It makes you feel more that you're not the only one, you're not so different," camper Jason Sallon said.

After all, those who attend are kids with the same interests as most their age.

"You'll probably make fun of me if I say this, but I'm in love with women," Tucker said with a huge smile on his face.

If there is anything different about the kids in attendance, it's the extra willingness to push through what they can't see and what they don't know.

"You can do anything, you just have to set your mind to it," Meg said.

At camp and beyond they show that they are willing to reach even higher to make sure they're never left behind.

The camp is just a piece of what Alphapointe does. They offer cradle-to-grave services for the blind and visually impaired in Kansas City.

To get involved, volunteer or donate, head to alphapointe.org.

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