Louisiana Pulmonary Disease Camp, Inc
Camp Pelican is a joint venture between LPDCI and the Louisiana Lions League for Crippled Children. It is a week-long overnight camp for children with pulmonary disorders such as severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, tracheotomy and ventilator assisted children. These children would not be able to attend regular summer camp programs due to their extensive medical needs. Registration is open to all children with pulmonary disorders in Louisiana and surrounding areas.
The organization serves over 100 children per year including children with cystic fibrosis (a chronic debilitating disease of the lungs and digestive system), children who are ventilator assisted, children with severe and chronic asthma and many others. Some activities include a week-long summer camp program - Camp Pelican, family functions, annual picnics, and parties, as well as, special assistance to children and families. LPDCI is proud to offer these activities at no cost to the participants.
Our first camping session, called Camp Sunshine, was held in 1978, in Lacombe, Louisiana and was attended by about 30 campers and staff. In 1985, due to a conflict with another local camp, our name changed to Camp Pelican.
In 1986, we had our first ventilator assisted camper. In 1988, our camp program met the many standards of the American Camping Association and became an accredited camp. After using several facilities and many changes, we have found our home in Leesville, Louisiana at the Louisiana Lions Camp.
"Our son, Preston, looks forward to going to Camp Pelican every summer! So much so that when we pick him up from camp he's already planning the next years adventure!! Camp Pelican gives Preston a week of just being a "typical" kid, whether he's just hanging out with the other kids, swimming, canoeing, or having a campfire sing-a-long! His favorite part of camp has always been talent night, he loves putting on a show with his counselors and singing his favorite songs. For our family, Camp Pelican has been a place where we can send Preston and be at peace knowing he's safe and all his medical needs are taken care of. The staff is AMAZING!! They come back year after year and truly love the kids! They are a "Family" at camp and year round. We are so grateful for Camp Pelican!!" ~ Dani, mother of a camper who became a staff member
"Camp Pelican was a wonderful experience for our daughter Elise. She first attended camp as an 8-year-old, trached and vented little girl with more gadgets and gizmos than a spaceship. Eternally overprotective parents, we were nervous to let her attend a sleep away camp. She was so excited and boarded the bus with great enthusiasm. She was so excited to have some independence from us. It was a wonderful and positive experience for her. She looks forward to attending camp every year. She is attending for the 6th year and is already counting down the days. It's a week filled with friends, memories and adventures that we just can't give her at home." ~ Samantha, mother of a camper
"Nothing but friendly, positive people! I was very nervous at first, but the camp administration, nurses and volunteers made me feel very comfortable with leaving my son for a whole week! He enjoyed the entertainment, food and the water sports. He actually got in the water!!!!! We traveled a ways to get to the camp, but it was so worth it!!! This camp was awesome because you meet lots of people who really enjoy all the fun activities that are planned and directed by the ever so friendly and helpful camp staff. Thank you!!!!"
~ Pam (Parent of first time staff member with a tracheotomy)