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Camp Wanaqua




What is Camp Wanaqua?


Camp Wanaqua is the only tuition-free summer day camp for blind and visually impaired children in the New York metropolitan area.


A place where kids can unwind, unplug and engage with their peers, camp traditionally takes place on our Bronx campus for six weeks in July and August, Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Free roundtrip transportation is provided and helps make it possible for campers to travel to the Bronx from each of the five boroughs.


This unique aspect of Camp Wanaqua assists busy parents and makes it possible for kids to attend. Given the young ages of campers (5-13), the use of public transportation is not possible and the costs of private transportation too great.


Providing a supportive environment that strengthens camper's self-esteem, resilience, and independence, campers' days are filled with games, enriching activities, cooking classes, workshops, and field trips that explore all NYC has to offer.

How do I sign up for Camp Wanaqua?


Though Camp Wanaqua 2022 is canceled, we invite you to review the application forms below and hope to see your camper next summer. 

Check out pictures from summers gone by: