Welcome to Camp Tiger!
Camp Tiger is a five-day camp organized and run by medical students. The camp serves children with physical and/or mental disabilities between the ages of 5 and 22. The camp is open to all qualified children on a first-come, first-served basis, and is ENTIRELY FREE OF CHARGE.
After almost a year of planning and preliminary work, the first Camp Tiger here at LSU School of Medicine-Shreveport took place in June of 2000, using as a model a similar camp format begun in 1985 at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Camp Tiger, from the beginning, has been planned, organized, and staffed solely by volunteers from the medical school classes. Since Camp Tiger’s inception in Shreveport in June of 2000, the medical students have managed to run Camp Tiger each year thereafter.
Each year, medical students engage in many months of advance planning, securing charter bus transportation for campers; food, event and location sponsors; and fund-raising to pay for all expenses.
Camp Tiger provides these children from the Shreveport-Bossier City area with the opportunity to participate in activities that may not normally be available to them. These fun-filled activities include visiting Sci-Port, Gators and Friends, Holiday Lanes, and much more. At the same time, medical students have the opportunity to gain valuable health-care experience by working with children who have special needs. Children who participate in the program live with such handicaps as Down’s Syndrome, Severe Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Epilepsy.