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Camp Wanaqua

Where every adventure builds independence!


Camp Wanaqua is the only 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 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 supportive environment that strengthens campers 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.


To see photos from past summers, click here


Know of a child who would benefit from attending Camp Wanaqua? 


This year's application deadline has passed, but you can click here when to be added to our application waitlist. 


We welcome new campers each year and invite you to review our 2019 camp application below to learn about what applying entails. Please note, we have found the medical forms take the most time to complete in collaboration with your child's health care professionals. 

Where every adventure builds independence!

Each year, Camp Wanaqua is made possible through the generous support of our community of donors, friends, and advocates. To join this community today, click here.


Thank you for your support!

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