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Camp GDB

Introducing youth to the guide dog lifestyle.

A large group of people and dogs, including teenagers with their white canes, in front of a picturesque waterfall in a lush forest. A large group of people and dogs, including teenagers with their white canes, in front of a picturesque waterfall in a lush forest.

The benefits of having a dog in one’s life are far-reaching. Those who choose to share their life with a guide dog will develop more independence and an increased sense of responsibility, along with enhanced social connections, and more life experiences and opportunities. Guide Dogs for the Blind recognizes that the human-animal bond is unique; we want to give teens who are blind or low-vision the opportunity to experience its life-changing potential. 

At Camp GDB, participants will explore the companionship, independence, and responsibility of a partnership with a guide dog. 

There will be hands-on fun and unique activities with dogs, and campers will learn why orientation and mobility (O&M) skills are so important for a successful relationship with a guide dog. New friendships will be made, we will hike, explore a sensory garden, go swimming and no camp would be complete without fireside s'mores (of course)! 

Camp GDB  will be held June 24-28, 2024 at the Hull Foundation & Learning Center in Sandy Oregon, seven miles from Guide Dogs for the Blind's Oregon campus.

Camp GDB is FREE and open to participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Blind or low vision and between the ages of 14 & 17 at the time of Camp GDB
  • Considering a guide dog for mobility
  • Self-sufficient with daily living skills i.e., dressing, bathing/showering, eating, toileting, etc.
  • Be physically capable of fully participating in all aspects of our Camp GDB program, including an experiential walk with a guide dog, managing a dog for a special overnight experience, and a very busy and active daily schedule 
  • Have the emotional readiness and maturity required to attend a residential summer camp program.

Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the Hull Foundation & Learning Center in Sandy, Oregon, or the Portland International Airport. If transportation is a financial burden, please inquire about assistance. 


We are no longer accepting applications for Camp GDB 2024.

For more information about Camp GDB, please contact Jane Flower at [email protected]