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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 can unwind, unplug and engage with their peers, this summer camp will take place from July 9 - August 16, Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on our main campus.
If you know a child who would benefit from joining us this summer, click here to download a Camp Application on their behalf.
Prefer to receive an application in the mail? Just send us an email at, and we will send you one asap.

Providing a nurturing and supportive environment that strengthens campers self-esteem, resilience, and independence, each day campers are invited to take part in a variety of activities that in recent years have included canoeing, pony rides, indoor rock climbing, and trips to the beach.
Making it as easy as possible for campers to attend, NYISE provides roundtrip transportation from campers to camp everyday camp is in session. Have questions, email development@nyise.organd we will get back to you asap. 

Made possible through the generosity of our community of supporters, friends, and advocates, click here to donate to Camp Wanaqua 2018.
Thank you to everyone who has already given!
Follow the activites of the 2018 Camp Wanaqua campers at their Weebly Website.
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 Thank you to our Camp Wanaqua 2017 Sponsors and Supporters:


Rossiter Financial Group, Inc.


JS Concrete & Masonry, LLC


Hinman Straub P.C.

Charitable Fund


The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region


Gundermann & Gundermann, Inc./

Cook Maran & Associates


NYISE Board of Directors