"In the Swim at Highbrook Lodge"
Highbrook the first camp in the United States built specifically for blind or visually impaired persons, was opened in June 1928, the gift of three pioneering Cleveland Sight Center volunteers and early supporters: Prudence Sherwin, and Ida and Josephine Grasselli. Five miles south of Chardon, Ohio, it is named for a rippling stream that descends the length of Highbrook’s gently sloping hillside.
It is a place where confidence and self-sufficiency are encouraged. Campers can improve orientation and mobility skills, increase their ability to live independently and, most importantly, learn while having fun surrounded by natural beauty.
Many of our campers return year after year - some from as far away as Florida and Alabama - to make new friends and renew old friendships. Camp runs from June 17 through August 10 with different sessions for children and their families, teenagers and adults.
Camp activities include:
- Music and Dance
- Sports and Recreation
- Orientation and Mobility
- Field trips include horseback riding and picnics at Lake Erie
- 63 acres of forest
- Heated swimming pool
- Outdoor bowling alley
- Wilderness camping area
Many camp staff are themselves blind or have a visual impairment and become role models and mentors to our campers and their families. A registered nurse is on-site throughout the summer and professional staff from Cleveland Sight Center participate in every session.
The American Camp Association provides standards and practices, education and training for camp operators and runs workshops throughout the country to insure quality, safety and excellence in the camping program. Highbrook Lodge has been accredited for over thirty years
When camp is not in session, our beautiful facility is available for private use for either daily or overnight activities and welcomes many types of events.
Cleveland Sight Center Recreation Calendar