Camp Bloomfield

Wayfinder’s Camp Bloomfield has been sharing the joys of the great outdoors with our children and families since 1958. The program offers activities adapted for children of all ages and abilities and gives them a natural and safe environment to develop self-esteem and build independence. Camp Bloomfield is the only one of its kind for children with multiple disabilities and blindness in the State of California that is offered free of charge to participants.

The Camp Bloomfield 2022 program will take place at Pathfinder Ranch!

Nestled against the San Jacinto Mountains in Garner Valley, California, Pathfinder Ranch was founded in 1964 to provide an escape from the desert summer heat for the Palm Springs Boy’s Club (now the Palm Springs Boy’s and Girl’s Club). Pathfinder Ranch is easily accessible from surrounding cities such as Palm Springs, Temecula, and Hemet. Its location next to the San Bernardino National Forest also provides stunning vistas, incredible views of the night sky, and access to open, natural spaces. Pathfinder Ranch is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA).

Camper doing ropes course up in the trees

Wayfinder is thrilled to announce that Mark Lucas will join our team as Camp and Recreation Services Manager. Mark brings to Wayfinder his incredible knowledge, experience and passion for providing opportunities for people who are blind and visually impaired. As part of the United States Association of Blind Athletes for 28 years, Mark’s work spanned from local sports and recreation programs to international competitions for elite blind and visually impaired athletes. In 2013, Mark was awarded the VisionServe Alliance Distinguished Excellence in Leadership Award and is the first and only person to successfully guide a blind person to finish the Pikes Peak Marathon (2015). He earned a master’s degree from California State University Northridge in Therapeutic Recreation.

Paloma closes her eyes and smiles while sitting at the campfire circle with her friends at Camp Bloomfield

Paloma was self-conscious about appearing blind and refused to use her white cane even if it meant she might trip, fall or injure herself seriously. She also needed a lot of help doing things for herself. So, her mother enrolled her in the teen session at Camp Bloomfield, where Paloma blossomed.