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Camp for visually impaired impresses local Lions Club

POSTED: September 2, 2009 4:00 a.m.

The Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind recently held its “Lions Day at the Camp,” an event that gives the Lions of Georgia an opportunity to visit the camp while it is in session, so they can observe campers participating in the various activities.

  

There were 18 teenage campers and visiting Lions numbered over 200. The camp activities included fishing, horse back riding, climbing wall, goal ball, Fun Land and Foam and a talent show.

  

The Dawsonville Lions were impressed with the camp and the facilities available for the vision impaired and described the care and compassion exhibited by the counselors as “indescribable.”

  

According to the Lions that visited the camp, the counselors watched, guided, directed consoled and cared for the campers at all times. A dedicated staff, the rapport between counselors and campers was “awesome,” and the Dawsonville Lions decided to make plans to visit the camp again.

  

The Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind, funded completely by the Georgia Lions, is located on 62 acres of land adjoining Laura S. Walker State Park. On Sept. 12, 1975, the Georgia Lion’s Camp for the Blind was chartered as a non profit organization.

  

The primary users of the camp are the visually impaired residents of Georgia.

  

Other groups such as churches,  businesses and families are allowed to use the facilities from September through May at a nominal fee.

  

A camper’s primary disability must be vision related. Participants should be Georgia residents with a vision loss of 20/70 or greater in the best eye, with correction. Campers must be at least six years of age to attend and must be able to live independently, eat, bathe and dress themselves.

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