Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Update on Lions Winter Camp for the Blind

The amazing Lions clubs and individuals from District 39W and 39E have to date raised approximately $4,100.00 in support of the Lions Winter Camp for the Blind. This ongoing effort in generating the funds needed to cover state educational shortfalls allows these children to participate in an annual event they so look forward to year in and year out. There are over 20 students now signed up as of today. For those who would like to go up and spend a day or all weekend (March 5th-7th) please contact Lion Walt Cochran at 208-316-9340. Hope to see you there!! Always proud to be a Lion, DGE Lion Pat


  1. Can you imagine brushing your teeth outside in the snow with the view of the Sawtooth Mountains ... I can it was stunning!!

    For the last three decades, the Lions Club in the Wood River Valley has sponsored a winter camp for the visually impaired students of Idaho.

    This past weekend was winter camp. Our fist day out was a gondola ride up Baldy Mountain.

    At the top of the gondola ride is a beautiful restaurant and deck perfect for enjoying our lunches. While there we were serenaded by an wonderful accordion player, in Austrian dress.

    Then back down the mountain to load up and go further north to camp. We were met by snow cat with sleds behind, to take all of us and our winter gear into the cabins. As soon as everyone was settled in, the tubing hill beckoned...

    When the day of outside play came to a close there was a gathering around the fire place to enjoy hot chocolate, hot cider, or just a bottle of water. But remember don't drink too much because there is no indoor plumbing. When you wake up in the middle of the night and need the restroom it requires socks, boots, ski jacket and a flashlight to make your way to the outhouse.

    The second day was filled with winter activities of snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. Many of the students had never experienced these winter sports. There were smiles from ear to ear as they shared their experiences with friends new and old. One little gal had never been on a snowmobile before. She found it was her passion. She would get off from the ride and go right over to join the end of the line to wait her turn again. She was not the only one that did this but certainly the one that did it with the most exuberance.

    The third day of camp wound down by giving awards, cleaning the cabins, and climbing back on the sleds behind the snow cat for the ride back to civilization, running water, and flush toilets. But we wouldn't trade one minute of the fun of the weekend.

    We went home with great memories, ready for a nap, and hearts full of gratitude to the Lions Club of the Wood River Valley who once again have generously sponsored a fantastic winter camp. I'm already looking forward to next year and I know the students are too.

    Thank you Lions for your continued generosity and support to the visually impaired students of Idaho.

    Robin S.

  2. Thanks, Robin, for your impressions of winter camp!