Camp Spark is a comprehensive sports camp for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The Camp Spark Model uses sports and physical activity as a catalyst to promote independence, life skills, and greater quality of life. Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) hosts camps in Oregon and Washington each summer and winter.
What is that spark? It is building community, learning life skills, developing self-esteem, gaining independence, conquering new goals, and creating memories for a lifetime.
To learn more about the new name “Camp Spark,” read our blog here.
UPDATE: Camp Spark will be pivoting our programming this summer in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic to offer programming that is both safe and impactful. More information will be communicated to staff, campers, and their families. Please contact Kirsten French at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Summer 2019 was our first official summer as Camp Spark! Summer 2019 was also our largest summer of camps yet, with two camps impacting 71 campers. We have now expanded our impact to two winter camps as well and have space for 24 campers total.
Did you know 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 20, 2019 we welcomed more than 40 staff from across the country to deliver two truly unforgettable camps to 71 campers. 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 a Camp Spark director and pass multiple background checks. 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 Spark, please contact:
If you would like to support Camp Spark with an in-kind donation, product donation, or to pay for a scholarship to “Send a Kid to Camp”, please contact:
Special thank you to our program partners for paving the way in supporting Camp Spark, 2019.
Oregon Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund
Washington Department Services for the Blind