The Louisiana Lions Camp is in its 62nd summer. “Our Special Summer Place” is written over the entrance of the camp and it is just that to approximately 550 children each summer. Children and youth with mental and physical disabilities and diabetic youth from all over the state enjoy one-week sessions in the summer at no cost to their families. Camp Staff, medical staff and approximately 60 counselors spend 7 weeks there each summer.
Natchitoches Lions Club’s fundraises throughout the year to support this amazing camp, which includes the Flag Project, the sale of fish lunches in the Spring, Mother’s Day roses, nuts and fruit cakes in the fall and split the pot tickets during the Natchitoches Car Show. Therefore, the Natchitoches community generously supports the LA Lions Camp annually.
Lions from around the state attend camp during the summer to provide meals for the staff, campers and counselors. The Natchitoches Club, along with family and friends, recently cooked and served Mrs. Leta Spillman’s meat pies, dirty rice, brownies and honey bun cake. Many of the Natchitoches Leo’s participated in “Carnival” night again this summer. These events are contributing factors in the local Leo’s and youth becoming camp counselors.
Lion Don Brown recently presided as President of the LA Lions Camp Board. Lions Tina and Wayne Ragan present scholarships each summer to physically handicapped campers that are graduating from Lions Camp and attending college in the Fall. As of last week, 21 of the Kasey Joelle Ragan Memorial Scholarships have been presented. The monetary contributions to the future of these campers have been made possible due to the continued support of the Natchitoches Community.
Kasey’s camp quote “Always strive to be all you can be and never let anyone or anything stop you from following your dream” has been the inspiration behind the scholarships.”