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Our Council of Governors is on the move again this week! This time, they are headed to Camp Vista in Dundee, Wisconsin, to participate in Visitors Day at the Wisconsin Lions Youth Exchange Camp.
For the past 50+ years, Lions Clubs have been committed to increasing international awareness among young people from around the world with the Lions International Youth Exchange Program. Each year, 118 camps in 42 countries host young people from around the world.
Many other young exchange programs use academic study or employment as the basis for their programs, but the Lions Youth Exchange program simply encourages this program as an opportunity to become fully immersed in a new culture. Young men and women act as representatives of their home country (or state as campers do not always travel abroad) and share their culture with other campers while, in turn, learning about other cultures.
During their camping week, participating young people take part in the classic camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, playing games, roasting marshmallows, arts and crafts and storytelling, but they also get to learn more about Wisconsin by spending time with a host family and seeing state highlights in Madison.
The continued success of our Youth Exchange Program is the result of cooperation among participating youth, the sponsoring Lions Club and the host families and the financial support from the 10 districts in the state.
On behalf of Lions Pride, we’d like to extend a special thank you to all of those who make the Wisconsin Youth Exchange Camp a success year after year. Because of your dedication to peace and understanding, you are helping create global citizens around the world. We are so excited to see your hard work in action!