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Texas Lions Camp. - The Texas Lions Camp at Kerrville, Texas is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing, without charge, a summer camp for children with physical disabilities and Type 1 diabetes from the state of Texas regardless of race, religion or national origin.
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Since 1949 the Texas Lions Camp has served over 50,000 children with special medical conditions. Located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, the Camp is nested on 504 acres of wooded countryside. Modern facilities include a newly renovated dining hall, infirmary, junior Olympic sized swimming pool, fishing pond, high and low elements ropes course, gym, weight room, amphitheater, air-conditioned cabins and much more.
Children attending the Texas Lions Camp have opportunities to experience recreational and leisure activities. Swimming, water sports, horseback riding, nature trails, tennis courts, team courts, team sports, canoeing and sleeping under the stars are just a few of the activities available for campers. Children attending the Texas Lions Camp have many opportunities for positive social interaction, gaining self-confidence and developing a greater self-image.
Children with physical disabilities eligible to participate in summer camping programs at the Texas Lions Camp must be between the ages of 7 and 16. Children with Type 1 diabetes must be between the ages of 8 and 15.
The diabetic camping program at the Texas Lions Camp provides children with an opportunity to learn and expand their self-care skills. While attending the diabetic program campers participate in a wide range of educational programs in addition to the primary recreational activities offered each summer. A medical team joins the Texas Lions Camp to help children learn more about their condition. Each day children monitor blood sugar levels, make choices regarding nutrition, and learn about insulin procedures. Parents are offered a special day of instruction at the end of each camping session. The parent instruction provides detailed information about current diabetes care.
The Texas Lions Camp is funded primarily through the generosity of Lions Clubs throughout the state of Texas. Lions Clubs significantly support the activities of the Camp through gifts and volunteer resources.
The Century Club is an important gifting program that helps provide valuable recreation and education for Texas children with physical disabilities and type 1 diabetes. Each spring Lions Clubs help prepare the Camp for the children. On Work Weekends Lions Clubs provide volunteers who assist with painting, cutting firewood, cleaning brush, washing windows and much more. Lions Clubs support the Camp's efforts by recruiting and sponsoring campers from their communities. Some Clubs even provide transportation to and from camp! Lions Clubs also come to Camp throughout the summer to prepare meals and meet campers. Through the enthusiasm, talents and gifts provided by Texas Lions Clubs the Texas Lions Camp continues to offer exciting summer opportunities at no charge.