Camp Abilities

Camp Abilities is a developmental sports camp for youth ages 8-15 who are blind or visually impaired. The Camp Abilities model promotes independence and life skills through sports and physical activity. Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) hosts Camp Abilities Oregon each summer at no cost to the campers. In 2018, we are hopeful of hosting an additional Camp Abilities in Washington. Below is an outline of information you should know for camp. If you have any questions or concerns about eligibility requirements, please call our office. We have requirements to ensure a safe and fun environment; however, we are very accommodating and like to speak with parents, guardians and/or teachers about their camper to ensure we are making the best decision for all parties involved. Check back for information about 2018 Camp Abilities in January. Registration for campers and counselors will be available after the first of the year.

If you are a first-time parent or guardian visiting our site and are nervous about sending your child to camp, we have families who would love to share their experiences to help you make your decision. Please contact us if you wish to speak to another parent or guardian on their camp experience.

Helpful Information:

  • Who: Open to children and youth 8-15 who are blind or visually impaired
  • Where: Oregon & Washington (Hoping for two separate camps in 2018)
  • When: Late July, early August.
  • Cost: No cost to participants and their families
  • How many spots available: 40
  • Registration Open: January, 2018
  • Registration Closed: June, 2018
  • Registration process: First come first serve basis [Electronic or paper submission]
  • What sports will be at camp: Swimming, goalball, beep baseball, hiking, tandem biking, paddle boarding, judo and more
  • Camper to Counselor Ratio: 2:1

Camp Abilities is open to children and youth ages 8-15 who are blind or visually impaired. In 2017, we hosted Camp Abilities Oregon with 53 campers who were blind or visually impaired in our second year.

Counselors are vital to ensure we offer a truly life-changing camp experience. On July, 22nd 2017 we will welcomed more than 30 counselors to help deliver a truly unforgettable Camp Abilities Oregon.


If you have additional questions or need more information about Camp Abilities Oregon, please contact:

Kirsten French
Programs Specialist

Camper & Counselor Information