BALLINGER - The Ballinger Noon Lions Club welcomed Trish Wilson, the marketing and public relations director from the Texas Lions Camp, as the special guest during the meeting Thursday, Sept. 21.

BALLINGER - The Ballinger Noon Lions Club welcomed Trish Wilson, the marketing and public relations director from the Texas Lions Camp, as the special guest during the meeting Thursday, Sept. 21.

Wilson did a shout out for camp counselors to come work at the camp which is designed for children from ages seven and 16 with a qualifying disability or for children ages eight to 15 with Type 1 diabetes or children 12-16 years old with Down syndrome.

“We are looking for young people with serving hearts,” Wilson explained.

The Texas Lions Camp is a summer camping facility in Kerrville open to campers in several sessions from June through August each summer. It is open to children with disabilities such as Down syndrome, cancer, Type 1 diabetes and cerebral palsy.

Wilson explained that disabilities are of all types and no child’s problems are the same and that counselors are special people who help these campers, who may not otherwise be able to function in such an environment, to feed themselves, ride horses, swim and fish. This year they will be adding gardening as one of the activities..

“Counselors need to try to find that special something inside of kids,” Wilson said.

Young people eligible to be counselors must be high school graduates and must be over 18. The application process begins Oct. 1.

The camp is located on over 500 acres of hills and woodlands in the Texas Hill Country. Wilson explained that the camp is where these children grow and learn and have a chance to try new activities and create long lasting friendships while developing self-esteem and independence.

She urged parents interested in registering their child in the camp to start now. She is there year round and is able to give tours to parents to help them understand that the camper's medical needs are always met.

“The biggest hurdle with campers is parents letting go,” Wilson said. “If they give us a chance they will never regret it.”

She stressed that children learn how to be leaders and learn to help each other.

“They learn who they can become,” she said.

Texas Lion Camp is located in Kerrville and started in 1949 as a camp for children who had polio and since that time, the camp has helped children with more than 150 different disabilities. Wilson said that 1,507 kids attended Texas Lions Camp this past summer.

The Texas Lions Camp is a non-profit organization funded by the Lions Clubs of Texas and individuals. All children attend camp at no cost to them or their families. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

For more information, contact the Texas Lions Camp at 830-896-8500 or email at tic@lionscamp.com or www.lionscamp.com.