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‘Digital Diller’ For Campers This Year

Posted June 29th 2020

Diller Home Camp Director Emily O’Donnell stands with past camper Gianna Zaccagni. While traditional Diller Summer Camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, Digital Diller allows for campers to connect with friends and Counselors throughout the summer.

Counselors from the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children have tailored its summer camp plans virtually because physical camp has been canceled for its 122 campers due to the coronavirus pandemic. Camp director Emily O’Donnell and her team of counselors will offer “Digital Diller” for its campers this summer.

“Although we are disappointed our season is canceled, we know it is in the best interest of the campers and staff members to stay home in order to stay healthy,” O’Donnell said. “Camp may be canceled, however the connections we make with our campers are not! The staff at the Diller Home is providing the first-ever ‘Digital Diller’ virtual camp experience this summer. We will be interacting with our campers through a digital platform in various ways. Each day we have a theme, and twice a week we have live Zoom meetings with our campers.”

Digital Diller includes these programs each week: Music Mondays, Arts and Crafts Tuesdays, What’s Up Wednesdays, Throwback Thursdays, and Talent Show Fridays. Also, two to three videos will be posted every day of counselors reading to the campers from their favorite books. Campers will also be receiving a surprise gift in the mail: a Diller Home backpack, complete with a T-shirt, hat, beach towel, sunglasses, postcard printed in print and braille, and saltwater taffy from the Original Fudge Kitchen.

“The counselors have been planning Digital Diller since the beginning of May and we cannot wait to interact with our campers this summer,” O’Donnell said. “We are making the best of the country’s current circumstances but hope to be back in town in 2021.”

For more information about the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children or to donate, go to

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