Summer Camps for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Parents will find listings for day camps, summer camps, and other recreational programs that welcome children with disabilities, including some that serve campers with blindness or visual impairment exclusively.
 
You may also wish to browse the state listing for Sports Camps, compiled by American Printing House for the Blind (APH).
 

Camps Exclusively for Kids who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Camp Inter-Actions
Camp Location: Plymouth, MA 
Camp Inter-Actions is a traditional summer camp experience for children who are blind or visually impaired.
(603) 228-2803
 
Camp Little Rock
Camp Location: YMCA Camp Ockanickon in Medford, New Jersey
Little Rock Foundation's annual summer camp for visually impaired and blind children
Phone: (877)220-2500
 
Camp Tuhsmeheta
10500 Lincoln Lake Rd.
Greenville, MI 48838
Schedule varies by topic
Phone: 888-760-2206
Contact:  Jereme Vanden Heuvel, Site Director
Camp Tuhsmeheta (Touch-Smell-Hear-Taste) is a 300 acre outdoor education facility for students who are blind/visually impaired.  We offer our site to youth organizations and school groups as an outdoor learning environment.  Educational groups pay a rate of $100/day for a group up to 75 persons to use the property.  The rate includes meals.  Camp Tuhsmeheta is owned and operated by the State of Michigan, Department of Education-Low Incidence Outreach.  To learn more about the property and how to make a reservation, visit:  http://www.camptuhsmeheta.org/
 
Christian Record Services for the Blind
National Camps for Blind Children
11 camps sites in the US
Individual registration dates and contact numbers
Phone: 402-488-0981 ext. 222
Fax: 402-488-7582 
 
Guide Dogs for the Blind 
32901 S.E. Kelso Road
Boring, OR 97009
1-800-295-4050
Email: Theresa Stern at tstern@guidedogs.com
Seven qualified blind and visually impaired teens aged 14 to 17 are selected to explore the companionship, independence and responsibility of the Guide Dog mobility lifestyle. Campers will stay in our student residence, and will need to be able to care for their own activities of daily living.  Call to apply.
 
Highbrook Lodge
Camp Location: Chardon, OH
Highbrook Lodge is a traditional residential summer camp experience for adults, children and families who are blind or visually impaired.
(216) 791-8118
 
Leader Dog Summer Experience Camp
1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48307
(248) 651-9011
Camp experience for 16-17 year-old students in Rochester Hills, Michigan. 
Full outdoor adventure camp experience, including living and working with an assigned Leader Dog. 
Maximum 20 participants, private rooms, camp and air travel expenses are paid. (apply online by April 1)
 
Lions Bear Lake Camp
Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Camp
3409 N. Five Lakes Road 
Lapeer, MI 48446 
Phone: 810-245-0726 Fax: 810-245-0750  
 
National Camps for the Blind
4444 South 52nd St.
PO Box 6097
Lincoln, NE 68506-0097
(402) 488-0981
This organization offers about two dozen camps at various locations across the United States and Canada, including winter camps in Colorado and Michigan. Free to blind and legally blind campers.
 
Summer Camp for Independent Living Skills (SCILS)
St. Joseph Family Retreat Center
Spokane WA
Phone: 509.456.2933 or 800.552.7103
Website: www.dsb.wa.gov/
Weekend program for children aged 9-13 who are blind or visually impaired, to address skill areas contained within the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). 
 
Vacation Camp for the Blind
111 Summit Park Rd., Spring Valley, 10977
(888) 245-8333; (212) 625-1616, ext. 135; (212) 219-4078 FAX
Many activities for children who are blind or visually impaired
 

Camp Abilities 

Developmental sports camp for children who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf-blind. The Camp Abilities model is expanding to other locations including Long Island, NY, Alaska, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida, Puerto Rico, Maryland, California, Texas, Guatemala, and Ireland. Efforts are also under way to create new camps in Costa Rica.
 
Professor of adapted physical education an co-founder Lauren Lieberman provides an overview of the Camp Abilities history and mission.  This interview is also available in audio.

Alaska:

Alpine Alternatives, Inc.
2518 E. Tudor Road, Suite 105
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
Phone: 907-561-6655   Fax: 907-563-9232

Arizona:

Camp Abilities Tucson
PO Box 86838
Tucson, AZ 85754

Connecticut:

Camp Abilities Connecticut
Robbin Keating
Board of Education and Services for the Blind
184 Windsor Ave.
Windsor, CT  06095
860-602-4222

Georgia

Camp Abilities Columbus, GA
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31907
Phone: (706) 568-2203

Massachusetts:

Maryland:

Camp Abilities Maryland Inc,
690 Planter wharf Road
Lusby, Maryland, 20657

New York:

Camp Abilities Brockport
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420
Phone: (585) 395-5361
 
Camp Abilities Long Island
P.O. Box 363
Long Beach, N.Y. 11561
(516) 567-8898
 
Camp Abilities Saratoga - coming in 2014!
At Skidmore College

North Carolina:

Pennsylvania:

Camp Abilities PA
West Chester University
Phone: 610-436-2516  Fax: 610-436-2860 c/o Dr. Monica Lepore

Puerto Rico:

Texas:

Texas Women's University

 

International Camp Abilities Sites

Costa Rica:

Ireland:

Portugal:

 

Camps for Kids with Disabilities

Alabama:

Easter Seals Camp ASCCA
5278 Camp ASCCA Dr., 
Jackson's Gap, AL 36861
Phone: 256-825-9226

Connecticut:

Easter Seals Camp Hemlocks
P.O. Box 198, Hebron 06249
(860) 228-9496, ext. 100; (860) 228-2091 FAX

Iowa:

List of Day and Overnight camps for kids with disabilities
provided by Ask Resource Center
of Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Maine:

Pine Tree Camp
149 Front St., Bath 04530
Camp in Oakland, Maine
 
Camp Waban
5 Dunaway Dr., Sanford 04073
for New England residents
(207) 490-9759
Website: www.waban.org
Accessible camping facilities for rent; participants must be accompanied by caregiver.

Massachusetts:

East Boston Social Center
68 Central Square, East Boston 02128
(617) 569-3221; (617) 569-9862 FAX
For local area residents; Westford camp location; no wheelchair access.
 
Natick Recreation and Parks: Camp Arrowhead
179 Boden Lane; Natick 01760
(508) 647-6530
For Greater Boston residents.
 
Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon St., Watertown 02472
(617) 972-7434; (617) 972-7586 FAX
Website: www.perkins.org
For New England residents. Referral required; Outreach Programs and summer programs.

Michigan:

Lions Bear Lake Camp
Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Camp
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth Camp and Family Camp
Camp  Dakota (sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation Michigan Chapter)
3409 N. Five Lakes Road 
Lapeer, MI 48446 
Phone: 810-245-0726 Fax: 810-245-0750  

New Hampshire:

Camp Allen
56 Camp Allen Rd., Bedford 03110
(603) 622-8471; (603) 626-4295 FAX
 
Easter Seals New Hampshire Camping Program
200 Zachary Rd., Bldg. 2, Manchester 03109
(603) 206-6733; (603) 669-9413 FAX; (603) 623-8863 TTY
Integrated program for children of all levels of ability.
 
New England Disabled Sports at Loon Mountain
Lincoln 03251
(603) 745-2651, (603) 387-2484
For residents of northeastern US. Helps students of all abilities learn how to ski.

New York:

Clover Patch Camp
55 Helping Hand Lane, Glenville 12302
(518) 384-3080; (518) 384-3001 FAX
 
Double 'H' Hole in the Woods Ranch
97 Hidden Valley Rd., Lake Luzerne 12846
(518) 696-5676; (518) 696-4528 FAX
 
Hidden Valley Camp
633 Third Ave., New York 10017
Camp in Fishkill, NY
(212) 897-8900; (212) 681-0147 FAX
 

Day Camps

Alabama:

Camp Merrimack
(music and performing arts)
3320 Triana Boulevard
Huntsville, AL 35805
Phone: 256 534-6455

Massachusetts:

Abilities Unlimited: Kamp for Kids/Camp Togowauk
61 Union St., Westfield 01085
(413) 562-5678; (413) 562-1239 FAX
Integrated; for residents of Western Massachusetts.
 
Arlington Recreation: Club Rec
422 Summer St., Arlington 02474-2439
(781) 316-3880; (781) 316-3879
Arlington residents have priority, others welcome if room.
 
Barnstable Recreation
141 Bassett Lane, Barnstable 02602
(508) 790-6345
Day programs for Barnstable residents.
 
Girl Scouts of Spar of Spar and Spindle Council: Camp Maude Eaton
1740 Turnpike St., North Andover 01845-6323
(978) 689-8015 ext. 233; (800) 842-5566
Website: www.ssgsc.org
For Merrimack Valley residents.
 
Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center: Girls Incorporated
165 East St., Pittsfield
(413) 442-5174 V/TTY
Website: www.brighamcenter.org/girlsinc.html For residents of Berkshire area.
 
Greater Waltham ARC: Inclusive Summer Day Camp Program
56 Chestnut St., Waltham 02453-4033
(781) 899-1344; (781) 899-2197 fax; (781) 899-8555 TTY
Website: www.gwarc.org
Inclusive day camp programs.
 
Hampshire Regional YMCA
286 Prospect St., Northampton 01060
(413) 584-7086
Website: www.hrymca.org
For Northampton area residents.
 
Ironstone Farm
450 Lowell St., Andover 01810
(978) 475-4056; (978) 475-4046 fax
For New England residents. Therapeutic riding program for children with special needs.
 
Natick Recreation and Parks: Camp Arrowhead
179 Boden Lane; Natick 01760
(508) 647-6530
For Greater Boston residents. Day camps for children with disabilities.
 
Newton Parks and Recreation: Newton Therapeutic Recreation Program
124 Vernon Street, Newton, MA 02458
(617) 796-1500
For local area residents. Recreational programs for children with special needs.
 
Springfield Parks Department: Camp Star
Camp in Forest Park
200 Trafton Rd., Springfield 01108
(413) 787-7779; (413) 787-6436
For Springfield area residents. Program for children with disabilities served under the 766 program.
 
United Cerebral Palsy/Northern Berkshire Support Services: Sports and Recreation Program
57 Main St., Room 214, North Adams 01247
(413) 664-9345; (413) 664-6234 FAX
For residents of northern Berkshire Co. with diagnosed disabilities.

Vermont:

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport
Killington, VT 05751-0139
(802) 786-4991; (353) 812-8129
Year-round programs, summer day camps for children with disabilities.
 

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The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who ensure the quality of camp programs. As a leading authority in child development, the ACA works to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience.
 

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