This year, Camp Tuhsmeheta (Camp T) is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Read on to learn about the camp's history.
In the 1970s, Camp T’s roots began to grow under the direction of Dr. Robert Thompson, superintendent of the Michigan School for the Blind (MSB) at the time. Dr. Thompson advocated for establishing an outdoor education facility for Michigan students with visual impairments and helped the state purchase property along the Morgan Mills Chain of Lakes in Greenville. The camp was named Camp Tuhsmeheta (Camp T), incorporating the senses of touch (tuh), smell (sme), hearing (he), and taste (ta). In 1974, students from MSB took their first summer day trips to camp. Overnight trips began in 1975. Day and overnight programs continue to take place at Camp T.
For nearly 20 years, MSB used the camp for outdoor student programming year-round. Due to declining enrollment, the school ultimately closed. MSB continued as an outreach office for the state while continuing to maintain the camp and facilities. Organizations serving students with visual impairments were allowed to use the camp for outdoor education programs.
In 2006, MSB was renamed the Michigan Department of Education – Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO). MDE-LIO began offering programs at Camp T for students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI) and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) while still allowing outside educational organizations to use the facility.
2024 Open Houses
We invite everyone to join us as we celebrate Camp T’s 50th anniversary during four seasonal open house events.
Sunday, February 25, 2024
Bring your snowshoes or borrow some from camp (limited quantity available) and experience the crunch of crisp snow in the peaceful winter woods.
Sunday, May 19, 2024
Wear your hiking shoes and enjoy the various scents of spring and other sensory experiences found along the trails at camp.
Saturday, July 13, 2024
Taste the sweetness of summer while making s’mores, singing camp songs, and sharing stories around the crackling campfire.
Saturday, October 12, 2024
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Experience the smell of fallen leaves from a variety of trees and feel them crunch underfoot while enjoying delicious fall treats.