Camp Abilities in Pennsylvania
Camp Abilities PA is a developmental sports camp for children ages 7-17 who are blind or have low vision. The camp is located in West Chester, PA on the West Chester University campus. Held annually over Memorial Day weekend, this overnight camp experience introduces children to a variety of sports, including goalball, swimming, beep baseball, track and field, tandem biking, team building, and adventure-based activities. The purpose of the camp is to empower children to be physically active, improve athletes’ overall health and wellness, encourage athletes to make food choices that support an active lifestyle, and develop athletes’ confidence and self-esteem through sport and physical activity. Children receive one-on-one instruction during all physical activities and events.
Camp Little Rock
Camp Little Rock is a tri-state area facility that provides blind or visually impaired children the opportunity to participate in a day camp program. Camp is held on the beautiful grounds of the YMCA Camp Ockanickon in Medford, New Jersey. Activities include fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, challenge course, talent show and many other camp related activities.
Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children
The Home opened its doors in 1970 as a summer vacation retreat for blind and visually impaired children. We are located in a residential community, two blocks from the pristine beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, in Avalon, New Jersey. An attractive three story home comfortably houses twenty children ages 7-15 for week-long summer vacations. Campers enjoy a safe and caring environment with a staff to child ratio of one to five.
While attending camp, campers enjoy a variety of activities including amusement park rides at Morey’s Pier, a ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, swimming at the beach, and visiting the boardwalk. All campers participate regardless of the extent of their vision loss, while establishing relationships with other children who may have a similar visual impairment.
The Home is made possible through donations from Tim Kerr Charities, Inc., the Avalon Lions Club, The Little Rock Foundation, The William G. and Helen C. Hoffman Foundation, contributions from area businesses, and donations from the public. Together, our benefactors make it possible for each camper to enjoy a summer vacation at no cost to their families.