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Camp Wanaqua

Camp Wanaqua is the only free summer day camp in the New York metropolitan area for blind and visually impaired children. 
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Camp Wanaqua 2017 
Since 1992, Camp Wanaqua is a place where blind or visually impaired children can unwind, unplug, and engage with their peers through exciting and fun activities they might not otherwise have access to.  
Based on our fully accessible campus, our camp staff provides a nurturing and supportive environment where campers engage in on and off-site activities designed to encourage new skill development and increase self-confidence; all while helping our campers build new friendships with their blind and visually impaired peers.   
All applicants must be registered with the NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped. Children are referred to the camp by parents, NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped counselors and by teachers of the visually impaired in New York City and lower Westchester. 
To assist parents and caregivers and help increase daily attendance, we provide free roundtrip bus transportation for campers. 
New this year, camp will be extended from four to six weeks and will operate Monday - Thursday: 9am-3pm, from July 10 to August 18
How to Apply
Step 1: Click here to read our Camp Wanaqua general information sheet.


Step 2: Print, read, and complete the following Camp Wanaqua Application forms: 


Applicant Information Packet


Medical Forms 

Note: Medical Forms must be signed and stamped by your child's physician.


Release/Permission Form  

Step 3: Return your completed application by emailing it to or mailing it to:



Director, Camp Wanaqua 


999 Pelham Parkway

Bronx NY 10469


Completed applications must be returned on or before June 1, 2017. All applications received after this date will be placed on a waiting list.



Request a Camp Application by Mail.

To request a Camp Application by mail, email your request to

 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