The Coppell Lions Club is looking for kids that want to go to summer camp. No fees. A great time guaranteed!
But there’s a catch!
Each year the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, Texas, opens its doors for the summer to those children that typically can not go to camp. Children with physical disabilities, diabetes or Down Syndrome are welcomed by camp staff for a week of fun, games and education. The camp is free of charge, paid for by Lions Clubs in the State of Texas. Even transportation can usually be arranged.
“We’re looking for kids in Coppell that are affected by these disabilities so that we might help them enjoy a fun week at the camp.” Coppell Lions President Bill Smothermon remarked. “If you have a child with needs or know of one, we’d like to hear from you so we can help them.”
Texas Lions Camp is a residential camping facility for children with physical disabilities, type 1 diabetes and cancer. The Camp is located on over 500 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, and is designed to introduce the “Can Do” philosophy to children dealing with special medical conditions. There are nine one-week sessions during the summer, in which children ages 7 to 16 apply to attend their respective camp sessions based on their type of special need. Parents of these children need only apply and have a Lions Club member sign the application after a routine review of their individual situation.
Camps for physical disabilities begin in early June and include those children with disabilities such as amputees, cerebral palsy, polio, asthma, lupus, rickets, deaf/hearing-impaired, muscular dystrophy, scoliosis, burns, epilepsy, sickle cell, blind/vision-impaired, heart conditions, partial paralysis, stroke, cancer/tumor, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury and other similar disabilities.
The facility hosts two Type-1 Diabetes camps in late July and early August. Kids participating will not only have recreational fun, but also learn more about their condition from doctors, nurses and health-related professionals. In mid July, there are two one-week sessions for Down Syndrome children and those kids affected by burns or cancer.
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, they are serving more children than at any other time in our history. Over 1,500 children per summer attend Texas Lions Camp.
“If you go to one of these camps and see what these kids are doing and how much fun they have, you’d just be amazed,” said Margaret Bryan, Coppell Lions Camp Liaison. “The camp is full of trained professionals to help the kids understand their situation medically, and the rest of the trained staff is there to make sure they have the most enjoyable experience of their summer.”
To find out more about this remarkable experience, offered free of charge to these special needs children, please visit the Coppell Lions Club website at htttp://www.CoppellLions.org/contact-us and request a local Lion to follow up, or visit the Texas Lions Camp site at http://www.lionscamp.com for more information.