Camp Abilities

Camp Abilities is a developmental sports camp for youth 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 and Camp Abilities Washington in the summer. To view the full camp experience, click on the video below to see Camp Abilities in-motion.

Registration for both Camp Abilities will open on January 16, 2018 at 8:00am. Please click on the respective state in which you wish to learn more information on eligibility requirements and registration.

In 2017, we hosted Camp Abilities Oregon with 53 campers who were blind or visually impaired in our second year. In 2018, we are hosting our 3rd annual Camp Abilities Oregon. We will also be hosting our first-ever Camp Abilities Washington! The cost of an individual camper for a week at camp is approximately $3,500.00! NWABA works tirelessly with program partners, corporate sponsors and individual supporters to ensure the cost is $0.00 for our camper families.

Our staff are vital to ensure we offer a truly life-changing camp experience. On July 22, 2017 we welcomed more than 60 staff from across the country to deliver a truly unforgettable Camp Abilities Oregon. These staff range in a variety of related fields and backgrounds. We have adapted physical education teachers, athletic directors, Paralympians,  teachers of the visually impaired and certified orientation and mobility specialists! All of our staff have to complete an application, submit references, be interviewed by an NWABA camp director and pass a background check. These individuals are the best at what they do and we pride ourselves on bringing together the best team possible for our campers.


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

Kirsten French
Programs Specialist, Co-Camp Director

If you would like to support Camp Abilities with an in-kind donation, product donation or to pay for a scholarship to “Send a Kid to Camp”, please contact:

Stacey Gibbins
Director of Programs, Co-Camp Director

Special thank you to our program partners for paving the way in supporting Camp Abilities, 2018.

Oregon Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund

Washington Department Services for the Blind