Natchitoches Lions Club seeks applications for summer camp


Many youth with physical and mental disabilities from the Natchitoches area have attended camp throughout the years at no cost to the families. One such camper is Faith Megan Clark, daughter of Mickey and Kathy Clark and granddaughter of Louie and Carol O’Quinn. Faith loved her camp experience. The counselors made her feel at home immediately and she didn’t get upset when her family left. She was so proud of the award she received for “most popular camper” during the closing ceremony. She is anxious to return. Her sister Jessica was so impressed with Faith’s first year at the camp, she wants to be a counselor this summer.

The Louisiana Lions Camp, located north of Leesville, will open May 28. There will be a one week session for youth with pulmonary disorders, two one-week sessions for the mild mentally challenged ages 8-19, two one-week sessions for youth with diabetes ages 6-14 and two one-week session for visual, hearing and orthopedically impaired youth ages 7-19.

This summer marks the beginning of the 60th year of operation. The camp held its first session July 9, 1961. To date over 24,150 children have attended camp.

Club members from Natchitoches attend one of the summer camp sessions to provide campers with a meal of meat pies and dirty rice. Natchitoches’ LEO Club helps with Carnival Night at the camp. The camp is always seeking new campers ages 6-19 depending on their disability.

The camp is designed for the following campers:
Physically challenged youth: age 7-19
Mentally challenged youth: age 8-19
Youth with diabetes: age 6-14
Youth with pulmonary disorders: age 5-15

For more information contact Lions Club member Tina Ragan at 318-663-6782 or go online to

An upcoming 5K/1 mile event will benefit the Lions Camp. Kasey’s Heart and Soul: Run Walk and Roll will be held Saturday, March 11. It will begin at the NSU Collins Pavilion on the NSU Campus. Race day registration begins at 6:45 a.m. The 1 mile walk/run begins at 8 a.m. The 5K ROAR Challenge begins at 8:30 a.m. The 5K walk/run begins at 8:45 a.m. There will be music, food and fun for everyone. The event will offer a new option on top of the 5K and 1 mile run. The 5K ROAR Challenge Course is an option for those looking for some fun and excitement along the race. This event will include endurance detours and other obstacles to complete along the course. Are you brave enough?

Entry Fees:                Pre-Registration                     Day of Registration
1 mile Walk/Run                  $20                                        $25
5K Walk/Run                         $30                                        $35
5K ROAR Challenge             $35                                         $40
Virtual Runner                     $20                                        $20

Virtual Runner is an option for those who do not wish to walk/run, but still want to participate by donating to a great cause. Both 5K events are chip timed by SPORTSPECTRUM. Pre-register by Feb. 24 to be guaranteed a race T-shirt and goodie bag.

For more information contact Kristi Fredieu at 337-384-9791 or email