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Summer Experience Camp

June 26–July 2, 2022
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 5 p.m. EST

Presented by AAA – The Auto Club GroupAAA – The Auto Club Group logo

This free program combines fun activities with exploring mobility options like guide dog travel, discovering leadership skills and building friendships with peers facing similar challenges. Campers receive a free HumanWare GPS to help increase their travel independence. They also have the opportunity to learn about living and working with a guide dog.

Summer Experience Camp is provided free of charge at Leader Dogs for the Blind’s Rochester Hills, Michigan campus to those who are legally blind, 16 or 17 years of age, regardless of whether they plan to train with a guide dog. Public transportation to and from a client’s home to the Leader Dog campus and accommodations and meals while training is also provided free of charge.

Summer Experience 2022 is June 26–July 2, 2022.

Dates for Summer Experience Camp 2023: June 25 – July 1, 2023.

  • 2023 applications will be made available by September 9, 2022
  • 2023 camp application deadline will be Sunday April 2, 2023.

GPS devices for our campers are generously donated by: HumanWare logo

Virtual Summer Experience Camp

Presented by AAA – The Auto Club Group

Teens 14‒17 years old in the U.S. and Canada can expect an awesome lineup of virtual activities. Just like our traditional camp, we will be exploring mobility options like guide dog travel, building leadership skills and developing relationships with peers.

Virtual Summer Experience Camp 2022 will be held June 20–24, 2022. Find out more about Virtual Summer Experience Camp.

No Limits

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Two days after her 16th birthday, Ashley Eisenmenger came to Leader Dog for the first time for Summer Experience Camp. What followed was a week of new experiences that changed her life. ... Read More

"Amazing Experience"

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My son, Brock Ewing, attended your summer camp and he enjoyed it to the fullest! I was so pleased by your staff, activities planned, and how clean and nice the campus was. The staff was so caring and sweet ... Read More

An Instructor's Perspective

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It’s amazing how a group of kids who have never met before can become close friends within a matter of days. They quickly build bonds and support one another, constantly cheering and pushing each other to try new things. ... Read More