Helen Keller Services and JCC Brooklyn Presents Camp for Children who are Blind or have Low Vision

The Camp for Children who are Blind or Have Low Vision is covered by the generous donations of the Lavelle Foundation for the Blind, The Butler Foundation, and New York Community Trust as well as Board of JCC Brooklyn, JCC Brooklyn Families, and Supporters.

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The Camp for Blind Youth is the first-of-its-kind day camp in Brooklyn designed specifically for children who are blind or have Low vision ages 7 through 14. We’re proud to launch this program in partnership with JCC Brooklyn. Inclusiveness is central to our mission, and we’re committed to making sure that the kids who participate in our Camp for Children who are Blind or have Low Vision have the same high-quality, enriching and fun experiences as kids in other day camps.

Our experienced instructors are passionate about teaching and inspiring kids to embrace the wonders of Summer Camp. They will guide your child through each activity, offering personalized attention and support every step of the way.

  • Build confidence and problem-solving skills
  • Express their creativity and imagination
  • Make new friends and have fun!

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to give your child an unforgettable summer experience.

Camp Information


August 7-18th, 2023
Week 1: August 7-11, 2023
Week 2: August 14-18, 2023


Outdoors on the country-like campus of the Ft. Hamilton Army Base in the heart of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Camp Hours:

8am-4pm Monday through Friday


Camp is FREE. However, a $100 Registration Fee will apply as a deposit. The deposit is entirely refundable upon the completion of the camp (08/18/2023). **Refunds will be distributed after 09/01/2023. If the child does not attend the camp, deposits will not be refunded.


  • Swimming
  • 360 Scooters
  • Tandem Biking and Pedal Carts
  • Art
  • Inflatable Water Activities
  • Air Jumper
  • Bowling
  • Sports
  • Dance
  • Theater
  • Shows and Performances and more!


Transportation is FREE of charge.  View the list of bus stops.

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Meet our Special Needs Director, Irina Kocherova!

Irina has devoted over 30 years of her life focusing on work with children with special needs. Her primary passion was working with blind and DeafBlind youngsters. Seeing their incremental triumphs and successes has always brought true joy and fulfillment to her life. Irina holds multiple degrees, including a Masters in T.V.I (Teacher of Vision Impaired) from State Pedagogical University, a Masters in Speech Pathology from State Pedagogical University, a Masters in Special Ed/General Ed Birth- Grade 2 from Touro College, and a Masters in Teacher of Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities including Autism from Touro College. Irina is inspired by children’s passion for exploring and is excited to bring that passion into her classroom.

Irina loves leading play groups, sing alongs, and loves taking her kids on long scavenger hunts to find that perfect Autumn leaf. Irina is passionate, honest and will never give up until she reaches her goal. She loves educating and sharing children’s experiences of the world with them.

Register for Camp Today!

Register for The Camp for Children who are Blind or have Low Vision to provide your child/children with an experience of a lifetime.

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Contact the Camp for Children who are Blind or have Low Vision with any questions at camp@jcc-brooklyn.org or at 718-407-6377 

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