TX children with disabilities: www.LionsCamp.com

from www.LionsCamp.com:   Our Services     Texas Lions Camp* is a residential camping facility for children with physical disabilities, type 1 diabetes & cancer. The Camp is located on over 500 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, & is designed to introduce the “Can Do” philosophy to children dealing with special medical conditions.


Children with special needs from all over the State of Texas are invited to attend one of 9 weeks, which we hope will become one of their life-long childhood memories. A week designed for fun, exploration & challenge.


Our Mission    The primary purpose of the Camp is to provide, without charge, a camp for physically disabled, hearing/vision impaired, & diabetic children from the State of Texas, regardless of race, religion, or national origin. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere wherein campers will learn the “Can Do” philosophy & be allowed to achieve maximum personal growth & self-esteem.


Camp Profile     The Texas Lions Camp is recognized as a non-profit corporation, under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. The Camp is accredited by the American Camping Association, and is licensed by the Texas Department of Health.


History    The Texas Lions Camp was chartered in 1949 in response to the terrible polio epidemic that forever changed the lives of so many Texas children. Since that time, the Texas Lions Camp has dynamically changed to include children who have all manner and types of physical disabilities, diabetes and cancer. Today, we are serving more children than at any other time in our history. Over 1,500 children per summer attend Texas Lions Camp.


Summer Camp 2012 – Schedule

Session 1 – June 3–9: Children with Physical Disabilities

Session 2 – June 10-16: Children with Physical Disabilities

Session 3 – June 17-23: Children with Physical Disabilities

Session 4 – June 24-30: Children with Physical Disabilities

Session 5 – July 1–7: Children with Physical Disabilities

Specialty Camps – July 8-14: (Leased) American Cancer Society

Specialty Camps – July 15-21: Children with Burns (leased)/Down Syndrome

Diabetes Camp 1 – July 22-28: Children with Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes Camp 2 – July 29 – Aug 4: Children with Type 1 Diabetes


Welcome to Texas Lions Camp On-line!   Advanced Diabetes Retreat – April 21, 2012    Ever wish that someone would provide affordable training for those faced with managing diabetes self-care or care for a loved one? Back by popular demand…Texas Lions Camp, in cooperation with Dr. Steven Ponder, is once again conducting an exclusive advanced diabetes education seminar for the entire family, including grandparents and extended caregivers.


While children (ages 6-16) with diabetes and their non-diabetic siblings enjoy the supervised activities of Texas Lions Camp’s state-of-the-art facility, internationally recognized diabetes experts will provide a day-long seminar on how to apply advanced diabetes care skills. Grandparents may also participate in a separate, 1/2 day, hands-on training session. The goal of these valuable seminars is to increase levels of advanced diabetes care knowledge and skills…For Life!


Tuition to this unique opportunity has been underwritten by the Lions of Texas and is now available to all for the low price of only $75 for the entire family or $25 for individuals. So whether attending as a family unit, or as an individual, you are sure to benefit from taking advantage of this unique opportunity.


*GO Center # 325.  Texas Lions Camp/Kerrville, www.LionsCamp.com & Helen Sampson/Lubbock (RBHL@SuddenLink.Net) or 806-797-7652; Trish Wilson:  TLC@LionsCamp.com or 830-896-8500 & Board Members Sam Lindsey, Jack King & Rick Talbot.  No-charge, outdoor, summer camping on 504 acres of hills & woods; health-education & camp-graduation experiences for Texas children with disabilities – creating an atmosphere where campers will learn the “can do” philosophy & be allowed to achieve maximum personal growth & self-esteem; also, specialized camp for children with diabetes.  Offering special children the opportunity to be “just a regular kid” for a week:  swimming, music, photography, horseback riding, sports nature studies, arts & crafts, sleeping under the star, boating, high & low ropes course, archery.  Serving 60,000+ children since 1949; in ’09, 14 Lions Clubs sent 63 children to TLC that now has 30 buildings & an aquatic center/handicapped swimming pool.  Children have learned to ride horses, swim, camp & meet other children with similar circumstances.  Prototype for similar camps around the world.   Eligibility:  children 7-16 years old with any of these conditions:  asthma, amputee, blind/vision impaired, burns, heart problems, deaf/hearing impaired, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, cancer/tumor, lupus, muscular dystrophy, mute, polio, partial paralysis, rickets, scoliosis, sickle cell, stroke, Legg-Perthes, Charcot-Marie-Tooth; 8-15 years old with diabetes.  ’11 pilot program for children with Downs Syndrome.  ’11 campers from Brownfield, Floydada, Lubbock, Plainview, Post, Seagraves & beyond.  Additional resources:  Julien C. Hyer Camp Lions Youth Exchange Program, http://Lions2-X1.org:  bringing young adults of the world together under the banner of Lionism – to promote the change of ideas & cultural values.  Also, www.LeaderDog.org or LeaderDog@LeaderDog.org or 888-777-5332 & www.LubbockLions.org  Lions International:  45,000 clubs & 1.35M members in 206 countries.

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