Camp Crescendo (http://www.lccky.org/index.htm) comes alive at the Flatwoods Lions Club meeting. Billie and Don Flannery arrived with photo boards and pamphlets to share their work and vision of the camp. Billie is the administrator of the Camp; a position she has held since 1996. Her husband Don described himself as a self-appointed handyman. The 175 acre facility is located at Lebanon Junction, KY, along I65. Sponsored by Lions state wide, the camp offers Camp Heart to Heart which hosts children suffering from HIV. The dates this year are June 19 – 24; this is followed by Camp Freedom which provides respite for children in foster care or being cared for by grandparents, the dates are June 19 – 24. The next camp is for Blind/Vision Impaired or Deaf/Hard of Hearing; July 3-8. All students are constantly chaperoned by volunteers and provided with a variety of activities including swimming, crafts, hiking, etc. When asked about costs, Billie and Don said it is all covered for campers. The only thing not provided is transportation, and that is handled on an individual basis. Volunteers are all screened and are eligible at age 15. Students can earn 80 service credits toward the community service requirements that some schools have in place for assistance in scholarship applications.
Billie and Don are members of their local Lions Club and have been since 1976. The couple stressed how important support is from not only Lions state wide, but other groups who support children. Help is always needed; both personally and financially to give aid and assistance to maintain the camp and facilities. If you would like to help in any way, please follow the link above and contact Billie Flannery.