Camp Tiger Shreveport Holds 18th Year of Summer Camp for Special Needs Children

Medical students from the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine are spending the first week of their summer giving back in the community at Camp Tiger, a camp for area children with physical and mental challenges such as cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and epilepsy.

Camp Tiger has been taking place in Shreveport for 18 years and serves children with between the ages of 5 and 22. The week is planned and run by medical students. They spend the year hosting fundraising events so that the camp can be completely free to participants and their families.

Activities for campers include trips to Sci-Port Discovery Center, Shreveport Aquarium, Robinson Theater, Gators & Friends, and Party Central. The week of camp will conclude with a carnival and banquet on Saturday, June 2.

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More about Camp Tiger:

Camp Tiger is a five-day, free camp for children ages 5-22 living with physical and mental challenges, such as cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and more. Camp Tiger provides these children the opportunity to participate in activities that are not normally available to them. Past Camp Tiger activities have included trips to Sci-Port, Gators and Friends, Holiday Lanes, and much more. Most importantly, the campers benefit from the social interaction with one another and individual attention from camp counselors.

Since its inception, Camp Tiger has been organized, orchestrated, and staffed solely by volunteers from the first and second year medical school classes. Each year, medical students engage in many months of fundraising efforts and volunteer work to ensure camp is a success for all involved.

The first Camp Tiger in Shreveport took place in June of 2000 and is modeled after a camp format that began in 1985 at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Visit www.camptigershreveport.com for more information.