TEXAS LIONS CAMP INC

Children Can...With TLC

aka Texas Lions Camp   |   Kerrville, TX   |  http://www.lionscamp.com

Mission

The primary purpose of the Texas Lions Camp (TLC) is to provide a camp for physically disabled, hearing/vision impaired, and diabetic children from the State of Texas, regardless of race, religion, or national origin. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere wherein campers will learn the Can Do philosophy and be allowed to achieve maximum personal growth and self-esteem. The Texas Lions Camp was chartered in 1949 in response to the terrible polio epidemic that forever changed the lives of so many Texas children. Since that time, TLC has dynamically changed to include children who have all manner and types of physical disabilities, diabetes and cancer. Today, we are serving more children than at any other time in our history. Over 1,500 children per summer attend TLC.

Ruling year info

1956

President & CEO

Mr. Stephen S. Mabry

Main address

PO Box 290247

Kerrville, TX 78029 USA

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EIN

74-1189679

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Summer Camp - Children with physical disabilities

Utilizing exciting, outdoor activities and group participation, TLC invites children to challenge themselves during a one-week session to discover hidden talents they may have believed out of their reach.

Population(s) Served

Children between the ages of 12-16 and who have Down Syndrome are invited to attend a one-week session at no charge to them or their family. Camp activities in a small group setting are planned just for them.

Population(s) Served

Children with type-1 diabetes, especially those who have been newly diagnosed, are invited to apply for one of two, 1-week long sessions. During camp, children are taught the fundamentals of managing their blood sugar, nutrition and how to select foods and count carbs. Children participate in outdoor activities in small group settings and learn from medical professionals without having to be a clinical setting.

Population(s) Served

Many organizations have a program, but lack facilities. Texas Lions Camp offers its facility and program support to "mission-oriented" Non-profit organizations who need a facility to host a summer camp for their target audience.

Population(s) Served

The TLC is a level II emergency shelter, partnering with BCFS, the State of Texas and others from time to time to provide emergency shelter for people during natural disasters.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation 2014

Affiliations & memberships

American Camp Association - Member 2019

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free admissions

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Quantitative measurement of the number of participants receiving services at TLC in a given year and compared to the next.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to create an atmosphere wherein children with special medical conditions, type-1 diabetes, down syndrome and cancer will be allowed to achieve maximum personal growth and self-esteem.

Our strategy is to bring kids together in an environment that encourages team work, healthy risk-taking, adventure, hard work and play.

We utilize a format called "Challenge by Choice" and present children with a challenge, which they are free to accept or reject. Staff members are trained to encourage, facilitate and modify if needed, but to encourage independent action. We want kids to have the chance to experience activities they have not done before, including cleaning their bunkhouse and making their own beds.

We encourage kids to help kids and to work as a team because not only can kids speak to kids as peers, but kids achieve a higher level of self-esteem when they help someone else achieve their goal.

At the State level, there are over 25,500 Lions in the state of Texas who regularly fund Texas Lions Camp through dues, annual gifts and giving programs. TLC's Board of Directors is comprised of 92 voting members and over 300 volunteers serving on 10 standing committees. At the staff level, TLC has 17 professional staff members, who are joined by over 175 seasonal staff members and volunteers each summer. TLC has an infirmary that is staffed 24 hours per day, 6 days per week and is generally only 5 minutes from emergency services and medical care in nearby Kerrville.

The campus of TLC is over 515 acres in the Texas Hill Country, which is surrounded and protected behind an 8 foot fence with two entrance/exit gates. Over 15 core activity areas are positioned around 8 bunkhouses and a Dining Hall that can comfortably seat 400 people at one time.

TLC has provided services to more than 70,000 children since its founding in 1949 and is now 68 years old. We have been through a number of evolutions from serving children who were suffering the after affects of polio, to children who have general physical disabilities. In the late 70's, a program for children with type-1 diabetes was added and during the mid-90's a robust program to offer facilities to other non-profits where TLC could share its world-class facility and expertise was added.

Also during the 1990's, an investment policy was adopted and a balanced portfolio to manage investments came online. By 2003, TLC had completed its largest capital campaign in its history and wrapped up the majority of elements contained in its first Master Plan. By the mid 2000's, TLC added a program for children who have Down Syndrome and opened an Endowment Campaign to raise $10,000,000 in its first phase.

TLC is now considering a new Master Plan to guide new facilities and growth beyond 2020 which will be phased and implemented through a new capital campaign known as Vision 2020.

Financials

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TEXAS LIONS CAMP INC

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gary Linker

Texas Lions Camp, Inc.

Term: 2019 - 2020

John Eads

Retired

Kent Basinger

Wes Carr

Entrepeneur

Gary Sult

CPA

Tom Blaze

Retired

Susan Wallis

Retired

Janie Garza

Robert Duckworth

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No