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Camp Lions of Illinois Overview & History
Camp Lions of Illinois for Blind/Partially sighted & Deaf/HoH Youth began in 1957 at the urging of Lions members who wanted to give children with vision and/or hearing impairments a summer camp with their peers. Today, Camp Lions hosts three sites in Illinois where over 17,000 youth with vision and hearing impairments have met, made new friends & participated in fun, challenging activities.
ELIGIBILITY FOR CAMP LIONS YOUTH CAMPERS:
To be eligible to attend Camp Lions youth program,
campers must be:
1). between the ages of 7-17 years old;
2). either be Blind or have uncorrected vision of 20/70, or less,
in both eyes; or be Deaf/hard of hearing;
3). campers must be independent in all personal/hygiene care.
This includes feeding, toileting, & bathing.
1:1 care is NOT provided by Camp Counselors or Staff;
4). independently ambulatory around the campsite and activity areas;
5). cognitively capable to understand,participate, and follow instructions from staff.
For Camp Lions purposes only:
Youth campers who are Blind or have Low Vision are described as a person who is between the age 7 to 17 years old with a visual acuity within the range of total blindness & 20/70 vision in both eyes after best correction.
Deaf or Hard of hearing youth campers are described as a person age who is between the age of 7 to 17 years old having an auditory loss which requires daily usage of communication alternatives such as sign language, lip reading, or hearing device such as a hearing aid or cochlear implant.
Lions of Illinois Camping Program for Adults:
LIF Camp Lions Helen Keller for Deaf/Blind Adults
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In 1993 The LIF established Camp Lions Helen Keller for Adults, for visually & hearing impaired campers age 18 & older. This program came as a response to meet the needs of individuals served by the Department of Rehabilitation Services Deaf/Blind Services and other advocates of visually & hearing impaired adults in Illinois. Camp Lions Helen Keller is the only camp program of it's kind in the Midwest.
LIF Camp Lions Helen Keller will be held on the grounds of Camp Henry Horner, near Ingleside, Illinois the week of June 14th to June 20th, 2015. Applications to attend must be submitted by June 1, 2015.
Eligible adults have the opportunity to relax & participate in activities in the great outdoors, while still being in an accessible environment. Camp Lions Helen Keller is a great place to meet other individuals with similar life experiences. Many of the activities at Camp Lions Helen Keller mirror our youth program, but are geared to older participants.
ELIGIBILITY FOR ADULT CAMPERS IS AS FOLLOWS:
1). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age or older;
2). Applicant must be either Blind or have low vision and/or be Deaf or hard of hearing;
3). Applicant must be independent in all personal care including hygiene such as showering,
toilet, dressing, eating, etc. or be accompanied by an Assistant/PA for such care.
One-to-one care is NOT provided by Camp Counselors or Staff;
4). Applicant must be independently ambulatory around the campsite and activity areas;
5). Applicant must be cognitively capable to understand and follow instructions from staff.
For Camp Helen Keller purposes only:
Adult Campers who are Blind or have Low Vision are described as a person 18 years old or older with a visual acuity within the range of total blindness & 20/70 vision in both eyes after best correction.
Adult Deaf or Hard of hearing campers are described as a person 18 years or older having an auditory loss which requires daily usage of communication alternatives such as sign language, lip reading, or a hearing device such as a hearing aid or cochlear implant.
Support & Funding of
All Camp Lions Programs:
Camp Lions for Youth and Camp Lions
Helen Keller for Adults are funded by the
Lions of Illinois Foundation, donations from
Illinois Lions, Lioness, and Leo Clubs as well
as gifts from the general public.
LIF Camp Lions Programs are FREE to all
eligible campers accepted to attend either
Youth and Adult Camps.
Attendance at Camp Lions is NOT based on your income.
Make a difference:
Would you or your Club like to donate $525 to "adopt" a camper to attend Camp Lions? This donation will defer the expenses so Camp Lions can remain free of cost to campers. Each "adoption" will receive an official letter of thanks from the Lions of Illinois Foundation, and hand-made thank you card from your "adopted" camper. This is a wonderful way to make a long-lasting affect on a child's or an adult's life.
Click here to access an "adoption" form to send a camper to Camp Lions.
Want to be a Camp Lions Counselor?
The experience gained working with Camp Lions is unparalleled. Camp Lions is an excellent opportunity for those who intend to focus their future on being an active, positive participant in the lives of children & adults who are Blind and/or Deaf.
Camp Lions Counselors are selected and supervised by Dan Grabel, MSW, MEd. Contact Dan at: firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in being a Camp Lions Counselor. Must be 18 or older.
Earn College Credit:
Would your college accept Camp Lions for your practicum or internship?
Camp Lions is a full experience in child welfare,
early child care, sign language, recreational activities, and leadership skills.
Why not ask your college advisor today?