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It’s time to start packing your bags because kickoff to camp begins now! The summer staff has now reported for duty, and we are only 10 days away from the start of the 2019 camping season. Each year, nearly 1300 special campers with vision, hearing, intellectual disabilities and Type 1 and Type II Diabetes travel to Rosholt, Wisconsin, for a week of camaraderie, adventure and fun.
See the 2019 schedule below:
June 9 – June 14 Adults who are Blind or Visually Impaired
June 16 – June 21 Children with Type 1 & 11 Diabetes
June 23 – June 28 Children with Type 1 & 11 Diabetes
June 30 – July 5 Children with Intellectual Disabilities or Educational Autism
July 7 – July 12 Children with Intellectual Disabilities or Educational Autism
July 14 – July 20 No campers at camp; staff transition week
July 18 – July 19 All staff teambuilding & training
July 21 – July 26 Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
July 28 – August 2 Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
August 4 – August 9 Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired
August 11 – August 15 Adults 18-25 with Intellectual Disabilities or Educational Autism (by invitation only)
August 19 – August 23 Adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The Wisconsin Lions Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association. The property is 440 acres in size and includes a 45-acre private lake, which is the center of several camping activities. During the summer months, Lions Camp employs approximately 48 counselors, so the camp can maintain a staff to camper ratio of 1:6.
The goals of Lions Camp are to assist each camper in development of self-confidence, interdependence, social skills, outdoor recreational skills and environmental awareness, but most importantly, to provide the space for the child to have a fun, safe and memorable experience. Wisconsin Lions Camp is proud to give special children the resources, skills and knowledge that will serve them long beyond their childhoods.
Many people may be surprised to learn that when the camp was first debuted, it was funded primarily by Lions Club donations. Sadly, in the last decade or so, expenses for Lions Camp and all other WLF statewide projects have increased exponentially. Annual club contributions remain essential but now account for less than half of all yearly WLF operating expenses. Combatting rising costs was actually the primary reason for the creation of our organization. Read the entire story here.
Today, Lions Pride is proud to support the Wisconsin Lions Camp maintain and expand their operations. We work alongside generous Lions and non-Lions alike as it is the power of individual and organization gift commitments that will preserve the projects of WLF for current and future generations. Last year interest earned from your donations covered the cost of one week of camp.
To all of our donors, we’d like to express our sincere gratitude. Like all of the campers, we too look forward to the start of summer. We feel so lucky to have the opportunity to help create positive change in our world and couldn’t do it without your ongoing support. Thank you for allowing us to continue on in our mission to preserve, protect and provide for Wisconsin Lions Camp and all statewide WLF projects.