Northern Plains Visions of Sport Camp
We will be staying in Oak Hall for the 2016 Northern Plains Visions of Sport Camp. Looking forward to a Great week.

Northern Plains Visions of Sport Camp

Presented by

Dr. James V. Mastro

Dr. David Larkin,

Diane Grundyson, and

Mark Morrissey


We would like you to save the date for this summer, pending no other unforeseeable circumstances:  June 19-25, 2016.  We have to have the camp in June because there will be more construction at BSU being done after July 1st, 2016 and we want to have the camp before that starts. If you have any questions please call me at 218-755-3772.

Northern Plains Visions of Sport Camp (NPVSC) at Bemidji State University gives children and youth who are visually impaired, blind (VI, B) the opportunity to have fun in a safe environment with other children and youth who have similar abilities. The purpose of NPVSC is twofold: to act as an agent that socializes children and youth into sport so they can bridge the gap from where they are now to a lifestyle that includes physical activity; and to train future Developmental Adapted Physical Educators (D/APE), Special Educators, and teachers of individuals with visual impairments to work with children who have these low-incidence disabilities.


NPVSC serves campers who vary in background and skill levels, abilities, and experiences in physical activity. Physical education and special education undergraduate/graduate students from the Northern Plains area are recruited as coaches, trainers and pals to campers.


Both campers and coaches receive instruction from technicians who are Paralympic and former Paralympic coaches and athletes, along with professors in Developmental/Adapted Physical Education. The sports and lifetime leisure activities campers and coaches participate in at NPVSC include track and field, beep baseball, power showdown, audio Darts, canoeing, cycling, fishing, goalball, judo, kayaking, swimming, wall-climbing, and weight training.


In a recent needs study, researchers determined that physical educators in Minnesota demonstrated a lack of knowledge about the adaptations needed for individuals with these low-incidence disabilities. NPVSC helps alleviate this problem by offering a modified program that helps youth with VI, B and also helps students preparing to become educators. NPVSC conveys to students in D/APE and Special Education that they are integral to the integration into society of individuals with VI, B.