15th National Blind Camp Brings
62 Campers to Lake Ouachita Facility
Many Breakfast and Evening Lions helped 62 campers enjoy their week at National Blind Camp, July 11-16 at Camp Yorktown Bay on Lake Ouachita.
It was Camp Director Norine Westerbeck’s 14th year at the camp. Asked about her long dedication to fundraising, recruiting volunteers, and overseeing camp week, Westerbeck said she gains great satisfaction in creating a one-week opportunity each year for blind and sight-impaired persons to come together with peers.
“They hear how others are coping successfully with their disability,” she said, “and they learn how to conquer their anger about their disability before it conquers them.”
Westerbeck said 60 volunteers from Hot Springs Village and local area helped campers with many activities, while some 20 internal volunteers from the sponsoring church also handed administrative and activity scheduling duties. The volunteers complemented the work of 65 staffers provided by Camp Yorktown Bay.
Among the many long-time volunteers, Evening Lions John and Sandy Corzatt celebrated 10 years as camp helpers.
Another long-time volunteer, Kristi Christopher, and her two children from Fort Worth, Texas, wrapped up six years. Christopher, a CPA and hospital accountant, handles financial spreadsheets and computer reports.
Christopher, an Advent, whose mother was raised in Arkansas, says, “I love this place and the woods despite all the chiggers.” She spent many summers with her Arkansas grandparents and still has 12 cousins living close to the camp.
Among new activities were Go Carts at Sun and Fun Trailers, “Duck” ride on the lake and indoor mini-golf at T-Rex.
Evening Lions volunteers included: Bob DeLoach, Bob DeVinney, Ed Pearson, Karen and Terry Sterzik, John and Sandy Corzatt, Betty Johnson, Lynn Harkleroad and Jim Hamilton. Among Breakfast Lions were Ronnie Carrol, Jim and Diane Podawitz, Helen Van Stone and Ken Wilson.