Welcome to Camp Marcella. New Jersey’s premier residential summer camp ground designed specifically for children and teens with blindness, visual impairments and special needs. It is located at 27 Durham Road, Rockaway, NJ. These pages will provide you with a comprehensive overview of our facilities.

Camp Marcella is the facility designed and owned by the NJ Camp for Blind Children (NJCBC) incorporated, a non-profit organization started in 1947. At that time a casual type of camp facility existed, but to many parents it lacked the advantages of a complete camping experience. So NJCBC began recruiting the right people for the right job. With the physical work and contributions of over 1300 organizations and individuals including the Lions Clubs of New Jersey , Camp Marcella opened its gates that very summer, and has been going strong since!

Today Camp Marcella comprises over 200 acres of woodland surroundings and a clear fish laden lake, with all of its facilities designed for the best possible care of visually impaired children.

The camp is located in one of the few areas of New Jersey that has not been touched by suburban sprawl. Camp is adjacent to the Pequannock Watershed, Farny State Park and a large Boy Scout Reservation. The combination of abundant wildlife, woods, lakes and serenity brings campers to an idyllic setting.

The objective of NJ Camp for Blind Children Inc. is to provide, promote and maintain a recreational, educational and rehabilitative camp primarily for visually impaired children.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To provide a safe haven for a healthy and enriching camping experience for visually impaired children.

We are all volunteers and dedicated individuals working relentlessly all year long to welcome with great pride every summer visually impaired children who will enjoy a fun vacation among their peers.

OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS

  • Michael Pacala, President
  • Jose Nieto, Executive VP – Treasurer
  • John A. Allen, Vice President – Fundraising
  • Paula M. Tarantino Maione, Vice President – Program Development
  • Barbara S. Murray, Esq., Vice-President, Legal Advisor
  • Douglas Schembs, Vice-President
  • Monique Katz, Secretary

TRUSTEES

  • Wayne Arvidson
  • Dayl Baile
  • Melvyn Bray
  • Winster Ceballos
  • Richard C. Chittum
  • Robert Frank
  • Lisa Garland
  • Dr. Robert W. Moore
  • Albert Ruffini
  • Paula Wills

ADVISORY BOARD

  • Barbara Guerra
  • Louis Lambe
  • George Lesnik
  • Dr. Edward Meyer
  • William Pacala
  • Kay Robinson
  • John “Jack” Romano

Lions State Chairperson

  • Paula M. Tarantino Maione, PDG

Historian

  • Paula Wills

Emeritus Board Members

  • Helga Licardo, Trustee 
New Jersey Camp for Blind Children, Inc. “Camp Marcella”
Business Address
P.O. Box 85
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
973-627-1113
Physical Address
27 Durham Rd,
Rockaway, NJ 07866
973-627-1113