Lion's Camp 4 Deaf Children
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Description
The Lions of California and Nevada provide a week-long camp for Deaf and hard of hearing children, aged 7-17. We operate two camps, one in southern California and one in northern California. Our goal is to provide youth with new experiences in the out of doors while meeting and making new friends. Many Deaf youths do not have the opportunity to try new experiences. Along with making new friends, our campers get an opportunity to meet Deaf counselors who have succeeded in life and want to give back and become examples for life.
Budget
$100,000
Program Successes
We consistently have 150 campers between our two camps each year.

Imagine how a 7 year old feels on the first day of camp, meeting many other new campers. Scared. Great counselors help those first-day jitters. Johnny's counselors helped him meet his new cabinmates and by dinner, they are all chatting (using ASL) and having fun. Every day Johnny was able to try new experiences from fishing, canoeing, making s'mores getting that arrow into the target, watching stars, and being part of a team. Camp also helps Johnny to develop self-confidence by all the opportunities had experienced at camp. By the end of the week, Johnny is making plans for next years camp.

Many of our counselors began coming to camp as campers and now as a counselor. Campers who turn 15 can become a CIT (Counselor in training) and then a counselor (at 17). We work to instill leadership in our training program. We had a young camper, 8 years old, start coming to camp (she is deaf and her father is deaf), came every year and when old enough became a CIT then counselor and finally our Program Director until family responsibilities grew too much and she had to retire.

Camp is much more than just a great week away. It helps our campers have fun but also learning to be self-reliant.
Description
We have 2 organizations that provide services to youth experiencing homelessness that utilize the facility.

One provides two, 3-day camp experiences twice a year and the other for a 4-day camp for parenting youth experiencing homelessness. Both groups utilize the camp facility as a respite opportunity for the youth to be out of their comfort zone and in a peaceful, safe surrounding.
Budget
$12,000
Program Successes
The groups took full advantage of the camp facilities. They stayed in cabins, enjoyed healthy meals, swam in the pool, hiked to the adjoining state park, practiced archery, basketball, and enjoyed canoeing on the lake. Youth enjoyed team building activities to build self-esteem and leadership skills. Many shared that it was their first time in nature and were amazed at the amount of trees and stars they could see while at camp. Many were disappointed that they had to unplug for their time at camp, as there is very limited cell service and no internet service available while at camp. We do have a land line for emergency calls and are off the grid with solar or generator power available.

They sent glowing thank you letters to the board and to the Optimists Foundation who funded their stay at camp. We look forward to seeing them again next camp season.
Description
Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends, and free thought; featuring science, natural wonders, and humanist values.
Budget
$30,000
Program Successes
- Camp Quest is a returning program that has utilized Camp Ross Relles for approximately 5 summers and is looking forward to Summer 2020.
Description
A group of recovery homes for women in the Vacaville community utilizes the camp for a 3-day retreat. The staff arrives one day early to set up the program areas and ready their kitchen supplies. The women caravan together the following day.
Budget
$4,000
Program Successes
- They have utilized the camp for sessions the last 2 summers and are on the schedule for 2020.