Lion's Camp Hickory, the first and only day camp for children with diabetes in Onondaga County, has completed its sixth year of providing an educational and recreational program for 35 children and is already planning for next summer.
Lion's Camp Hickory was founded by the Moyers Corners and Baldwinsville Lions and held its first camp session in 2004 hosting six campers. The Baldwinsville Lions Ritter Community House provides a home for the camp in Lions Community Park, and Baldwinsville Lions members participate in the operation of the camp.
A program of activities is planned and coordinated by Lions Past District Governor Bob Caswell, known as "Mr. C.," and provides a variety of recreational, athletic and educational programs for the campers. Some activities this year included fishing in the Seneca River, many games of four square and kickball and being entertained by magicians and wildlife programs. The campers also received a special visit from Onondaga Sheriff Deputy Mark Loveland and his bloodhound Hero, which included a visit from the Air One Helicopter in Lions Community Park.
President Jack Osinski again participated in the ever popular water days, where campers, staff and administrators get very wet competing in a variety of water games where the object is to win the game and get the other contestants as wet as possible.
Dr. Lynn Brann planned a varied and nutritious menu and helped the campers learn how to count "carbs," and designed many activities to help the children learn about the effects of different types of foods and activities.
Everyone participating in Lion's Camp Hickory had a great time during camp and look forward to camp next July.