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Our Commitment to the Blind Camp

Since 1994, the Mount Diablo Metal Detecting Club, under the direction of member Jim Stockton, has presented a "Day of Fun" at a National Camp for the Blind.

 

Each year, as many as 25 club members travel to the Sierra Nevada mountains to give pleasure to as many as 90 blind children and young adults.

 

This is their story.......

 

Each year, Mount Diablo Metal Detecting Club members travel to the blind camp to energize and delight the blind campers with a metal detecting training session and a hands-on treasure hunting experience.

 

The campers can hear the tones put out by the machines that provide a method to locate a coin planted in a grassy field. Never in their lifetime have they been able to look for, locate, and retrieve anything as small as a quarter or dime.

 

Many years of reflection, many years of gratification, not only by the Blind Camp participants, but also the members of the Mount Diablo Metal Detecting Club, all seem to lead to the conclusion that many of the best days with a detector in hand has been during the yearly outing forming the relationship molded over the years between the National Camps for the Blind, their campers, and the Concord, CA metal detecting club.

 

These children and young adults are being taught that they can do anything anyone else can do. When our group saw how well they were handling all that was offered, we knew we had stumbled on a project we might call WORTHWHILE, GRATIFYING, AND FULFILLING.

 

Our Mount Diablo Club has provided a camping experience for one or two campers each year. It has donated two Braille imprinters to the camp and has held detecting sessions with the campers since the project began. About two or three hundred dollars are donated each year and the cost of a silver half dollar for each blind camper is provided. In addition, donations have provided prizes for each camper, ranging from backpacks, warm blankets, hats and more.

 

All this with not one complaint from a member over the years, but a true desire to attend the camp for the blind again and again.

 

ALL OF US IN THIS HOBBY HAVE A DUTY, A DUTY TO PUT FORTH POSITIVE IMAGES OF OUR DETECTING WORLD AND TO THE NON-DETECTING WORLD.

 

If you or someone you know would like to start a similar project, we would be more than happy to advise.