Lapeer summer camp makes dreams come true for kids with special needs

Summer camps are just a few weeks away, and this edition of Out and About takes us to a very special one in Lapeer. 

FOX 2's Derek Kevra and Amy Andrews went to Lions Bear Lake Camp to try the ziplining course there. 

They had a blast, but also really enjoyed learning about the campers there. 

The 120-acre property opens for those who are visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, and have juvenile arthritis or are on the autism spectrum. 

"Our tower is accessible to wheelchairs, and that's the first time we were able to get somebody up and help them zip. You know, everybody was choked up on that one. It was pretty amazing," says Jean Jones, the challenge course director. "Our visually impaired, they play beeper ball. Which, the ball beeps, it's kind of like a baseball game. Everything's adapted to what the group needs."

Jones has some remarkable stories of life-changing moments for these campers. But, the camp needs some help to continue making their dreams come true. 

She started a GoFundMe account to raise money for a new ATV to help transport the kids and their equipment. 

"It's really hard. Some of our kids are on medication; they get tired easily. We don't want them to be so tired going from here to there that they can't enjoy the next activity," says Jones. 

LINK: Click here if you'd like to make a donation to the camp 
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