Overview

If you’re looking for an unforgettable summer experience for your blind or low vision child, Camp Helen Keller is it! Run by Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) on the Post Campus of LIU, the camp aims to improve self-esteem, self-confidence and socialization skills in children ages 4-15. Our low 3:1 camper-to-counselor ratio ensures that campers receive a high level of personal attention as they engage in activities and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Camp Information

When:

July 8, 2024 – August 9, 2024
Week 1: July 8-12, 2024
Week 2: July 15-19, 2024
Week 3: July 22-26, 2024
Week 4: July 29-August 2, 2024
Week 5: August 5-9, 2024

Registration for camp is due by March 25, 2024.

Where:

LIU Post Campus
720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY

Camp Hours:

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Fee:

Camp is FREE!

Activities

  • Swimming
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Computers
  • Field Games
  • Science
  • Age-appropriate Field Trips

Transportation

Transportation is FREE of charge. Helen Keller Services for the Blind provides door-to-door transportation for campers who live in Nassau, Queens, and Western & Central Suffolk counties.


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Meet our Camp Director, Stephanie MacLennan!

Stephanie MacLennan has been working at Camp Helen Keller for over 20 years, and has been the program director since 2011. She is a licensed clinical social worker and supervisor, and specializes in development, mental health, and behavior among children with special needs, specifically sensory loss. She works with campers and their families to ensure that the five weeks at camp are meaningful and beneficial to each child’s progress. During the academic year, Stephanie works as a school social worker, but Camp Helen Keller holds a special place in her heart. She is always looking to expand camp activities, go on new and exciting field trips, and grow the program. She keeps a countdown to the first day of camp; she’s just as excited as the kids to start each season!

A woman named Stephanie MacLennan, who is the camp director, holding a girl camper in her arms inside a gymnasium. Both of them are smiling with their tongues sticking out. Both of their tongues are tinted blue.

Building Confidence at Adventure Park – Video

[Music] Slow uplifting acoustic music plays.

This video shows a boy and girl camper from Camp Helen Keller on a field trip to Adventure Park. Adventure Park is set in the woods and offers zip lining, rope courses and other climbing activities. The video begins with a clip of the boy and girl riding across a practice zip line with the help of an instructor. Then, the boys walks through the park and the girl climbs upstairs to the top of a platform. Next, the girl is standing at the edge of a section of the elevated course, searching for where to place her foot. She hesitates but then raises her leg and steps across with confidence. The boys slowly crosses a similar elevated bridge. The video concludes with a short clip of the boy sitting at a table and smiling, and then fades to the Helen Keller Services logo and a QR code over a white background with the statement, “Creating memories one step at a time, Join Camp Helen Keller’s Journey.”

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Register for Camp Today!

Register for Camp Helen Keller on Long Island to provide your child with an experience of a lifetime.

The registration for camp is due by March 25th, 2024. Please note that submitting this form will hold a spot at Camp Helen Keller for your child(ren), but that in order for your child(ren) to attend camp in July, you must submit the additional necessary medical paperwork from your child(ren)’s physician. 

In order to attend camp, you must submit both:

Your child(ren) cannot attend camp without these forms. Camp Helen Keller does not require any specific physical exam form; we accept whatever form your child’s doctor uses. If the physician’s office does not have a form, you can use the NYC DOE form. The medical forms are due June 1st, 2024

Work at Camp this Season!

Interested in working with us? We are hiring summer camp counselors for Camp Helen Keller.

Job applications will open soon.

Fund Camp Helen Keller

Camp is free for all campers thanks to our generous donors. Join us in sending 50 kids who are blind or have low vision to an unforgettable summer camp experience!

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Why We Love Camp Helen Keller

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“This camp is amazing and I love it…It feels wonderful. There’s no stress. No people making fun of you.”

-Ellie G., camper

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“When you come here you can see that there are other kids who have the same challenges as you and you’re not alone.”

-Brendan S., camper

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach Camp Helen Keller’s Camp Director Stephanie MacLennan at SMacLennan@helenkeller.org.

A group of children sitting and standing on a stage wearing green, red, and rainbow tie-dye shirts in front of an audience. Behind the children is a large screen that shows a rainbow peace sign, a rainbow heart, and the acronym "CHK" on it, and underneath those symbols are the words "peace, love, and Camp Helen Keller"