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Camp Wanaqua

Camp Wanaqua is the only free summer day camp for blind and visually impaired children in the New York metropolitan area. 
A place where blind or visually impaired children ages 5-15 can unwind, unplug and engage with their peers, Camp Wanaqua takes place on our main campus in the Bronx for six weeks in July and August, Monday - Thursday (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM). 
Providing a nurturing and supportive environment that strengthens campers self-esteem, resilience, and independence, each day campers take part in a variety of activities ranging from pirate games and horseback riding to participating in a theater workshop or going on a Classic Harbor Line Cruise around the Statue of Liberty. To see photos from past summers, click here
Know of a child who would benefit from Camp Wanaqua?
This year's application deadline has passed but you can click here to be notified when our 2020 camp application is available in early 2020. 
We welcome new campers each year and invite you to review our 2019 camp application below and learn about what applying entails.
Please pay special attention to the medical forms, as we have found these take the most time to complete in collaboration with your child's health care professionals. 
Have questions? Email us at
Each year, Camp Wanaqua is made possible through the generous support of our community of donors, friends, and advocates.
To join this community by making a donation, click here.
Thank you for your support!
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