The Jekyll Island Lions Club has been a long time supporter of the Georgia Lions Camp (formerly the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind), located near Waycross, Georgia. The camp provides an opportunity for those with visual and hearing impairments to enjoy a summer camp experience.
Prior to the start of the summer camp season, the camp director sets up work party weekends and sends out a call for Lion volunteers. There is always a long list of tasks and projects that need to be completed before the campers arrive. Over the past few years, volunteers from the Jekyll Island Lions Club have been painters sprucing up picnic benches, fences, cafeteria walls, and building exteriors within the camp complex. Often, the Jekyll Island Lions Club will send contingents on different days.
When camp is in session during the summer, there is usually one weekend when Lions are invited to visit and interact with the campers. The campers display their talents and share lunch. This past July marked the 40th anniversary of the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind and it was celebrated with a banquet as well as camper entertainment.
It takes a lot of money to run a camp like this, even with volunteer labor from Lions Clubs. Some clubs help by donating money as well as labor. A silent auction at the annual Georgia Lions Convention also raises funds. This past year, the Jekyll Island Lions Club donated two baskets of goodies for the silent auction.
The Georgia Lions Camp is one of the most visible and appreciated Lions activities in Georgia. The Jekyll Island Lions Club is proud to support it.