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Lions Club seeks children for camps

Each year the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville opens its doors for the summer to children that typically cannot 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 Texas.

The Irving and Coppell Lions Clubs are looking to sponsor children interested in attending the week-long camp.

“We’re looking for kids that are affected by these disabilities so that we might help them enjoy a fun week at the camp,” Coppell Lions Club president Bill Smothermon said.

Texas Lions Camp is a residential camping facility for children with physical disabilities, type 1 diabetes and cancer. The camp is located on more than 500 acres in Texas hill country and is designed to introduce a “can do” philosophy.

There are nine one-week sessions during the summer, of which children ages 7 to 16 apply to attend their respective camp sessions based on their type of special need. Parents of these children should apply and have a Lions Club member sign the application after a review of their situation.

Camps for physical disabilities begin in early June and include those children with disabilities such as amputation, cerebral palsy, polio, asthma, lupus, rickets, deaf­ness/hearing impairment, muscular dystro­phy, scoliosis, burns, epilepsy, sickle cell, blindness/vision impairment, 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 July, there are two one-week sessions for Down syndrome children and those kids affected by burns or cancer.

“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,” Irving Noonday Lions Club President Sam Scott said. “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 the camp, visit the Texas Lions Camp website at www.lionscamp.com. Request a local Lion to follow up with you. For more information, contact irvingnoonday@gmail.com, or call 214-641-5757.

Source: Lions Club