The Brazoria Lions Club is actively seeking candidates (children between the ages of seven and sixteen who have a qualifying disability) to sponsor for Texas Lions Camp, a summer camping facility dedicated to serving children from the state of Texas with physical disabilities and type 1 diabetes. To participate in the program, prospective campers with type 1 diabetes must be between the ages of eight and fifteen; and Down Syndrome between twelve to sixteen years old.
The Lions of Texas conceived and chartered the Texas Lions Camp in 1949 in response to the polio epidemic that swept the country and negatively impacted the lives of so many children. That commitment to seeing that no child faces life’s challenges alone provided the inspiration to structure a camp that built campers’ self-esteem and renewed families through summer camping programs. Texas Lions camp took four years of planning and building, opening its doors in 1953. It was dedicated “to the perpetual use and enjoyment of physically disabled children in Texas.” Since then, the camp has evolved to include children who have all manner and types of disabilities, diabetes and cancer.
Texas Lions Camp is a non -profit organization funded by the Lions Clubs of Texas and other caring individuals. All children attend the camp at no cost to them or their families. It is located on over 500 acres in the Texas Hill Country outside Kerrville, Texas. It offers children with disabilities to have a true summer camp experience, giving them a chance to try new activities and create friendships that last a lifetime. They develop greater self-esteem and independence as they participate in the some of the following activities and adventures: swimming, photography, music, pedal boating, canoeing, golf, arts and crafts, ceramics, radio, basketball, horsemanship, archery, theater, nature studies, painting, petting zoo, all-camp dance, overnight camp-out, fishing, high and low ropes challenge course. The sessions are catered to the campers’ disabilities.
Summer 2015 Sessions are as follows:
Session 1: June 7 – 13 (ages 7-16)
Session 2: June 14 – 20 (ages 7-16)
Session 3: June 21 – 27 (ages 7-16)
Session 4: June 28- July 4 (ages 7-16)
Session 5: July 5-11 *Concurrent
Camp Neuron: July 5-11 *Concurrent
Session 6 – Camp David: July 12 – 18 *Concurrent
Down Syndrome: July 12 – 18 *Concurrent
Session 7 -Camp Discovery: July 19-25
Camps for Type 1 Diabetes:
Session 8 – Diabetic 1: July 26 – August 1 (ages 8-15)
Session 9 – Diabetic 2: August 2 – 8 (ages 8-15)
The Brazoria Lions Club sponsors a number of campers to Texas Lions Camp each year and are beginning their search for appropriate children to sponsor for the 2015 sessions. If you have a child who meets the criteria and would like to attend camp, or you know of a child who would benefit from this summer camp, please contact the Brazoria Lions at 979-798-4444.
For more information on Texas Lions Camp please visit www.lionscamp.com.