Welcome to the Wisconsin Lions Camp
Join us for a week away from home to experience the adventure of the lifetime!
Come swim and boat on Lions Lake, explore in our environmental education program, hit a target in archery, climb to new heights on our climbing tower, high ropes and zip line, create lasting art and performance projects, enjoy a campfire and wallow in our mud pit. Meet other children and adults from Wisconsin and build lasting friendships in a safe environment.
This quality camping experience is provided free-of-charge to eligible children and adults with disabilities from Wisconsin. We serve children and adults who are blind or visually impaired, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, children with intellectual disabilities or educational autism and children with diabetes. A chance remark, “Blind kids can’t go to outdoor camps and stuff like that…” started it all in 1955 and in 1956, the Lions Clubs of the State of Wisconsin founded the Wisconsin Lions Camp and the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Inc. to administer the Camp program. From that humble beginning with 26 campers, we are proud to serve over 1,300 campers a summer.
What’s happening at Camp?
2016 Summer Camp Schedule Changes
There have been a few changes made to our upcoming summer season. Please call our office at 715-677-4969 ext. 319 with any questions.
- The name of the camp for Children with Mild Cognitive Disabilities has been changed to Children with Intellectual Disabilities or Educational Autism to reflect the changing language in school districts across the state. If you are not sure if the potential camper for this program would be eligible, fill out an application and send it in. We will make phone calls and see if we would be a good fit for that child. We need an application in order to make a determination of eligibility.
Also consider the following eligibility guidelines below for the Children with Intellectual Disabilities or Educational Autism Camp to help clarify a camper’s eligibility:
- Ages 9-17 at camp time
- Educational placement in program, educational setting or receiving services for Intellectual Disabilities or Educational Autism.
- Functions either educationally or socially as having Intellectual Disabilities or Educational Autism.
- Can be managed socially and behaviorally in a group with one staff person and six campers.
- Fully toilet trained and independent in self-care skills.
- Resident of the state of Wisconsin or attending school in Wisconsin.
- You may also notice that there are two weeks for the Intellectual Disabilities or Educational Autism campers instead of three. We’ve noticed a large decrease in campers as we’ve seen many 16 and 17 year olds go through our program. We are not getting enough new campers in to replace those that leave. For this year, we are going to have 150 spots open each week for a total of 300 spots. We’ve also increased our recruiting efforts for all camps and hope that we’ll be able to fill the camps to capacity. We will watch the trends and adjust our camp weeks accordingly.
- The weeks have been rearranged to place our larger camps in the beginning of the summer when we have more staff. We’ve added a mid-summer break week in order to give those who work all summer some time off and allow for training of those who can only work the second half of the summer. Over the years we’ve been struggling to find staff to work a full summer. We hope with dividing the summer into two blocks we can take advantage of those who can only work a few weeks as well as give those who commit to a full summer extra time off to recharge for the rest of the summer. We are committed to providing quality staff for our campers and feel these extra steps will help us find those staff.