Lions Vision Impairment Camp to include Sensory Safari & CR Kernels

Sensory SafariCamp Courageous campers are going to get some visitors during next week’s Lions Vision Impairment Camp. On Tuesday, July 7, the Pierson Wildlife Museum Learning Center of Neligh, NE will be bringing it’s Sensory Safari for the campers to enjoy. This will include a portion of their collection of creatures from four continents.

Get more information about the Pierson Wildlife Museum Learning Center at Thank you to Phil Larabee of the Monticello Lions Club for assisting with making this event possible for the campers.

Cedar Rapids KernelsAlso on Tuesday, July 7, members of the Cedar Rapids Kernels organization will be at the camp to meet with Camp Courageous campers and staff. General Manager Jack Roeder and some players will continue the Kernel’s long history of supporting Camp Courageous.

The Lions Vision Impairment Camp is a week-long camp that gives priority to individuals of all ages with vision-related disabilities. The Lions Clubs from across the country help to make this week possible at Camp Courageous.

Below is the press release sent out to the media. Questions about this event can be directed to or call 319-465-5916 ext. 2310.



RE: Sensory Safari and the CR Kernels to Visit Camp Courageous during Lions Vision Impairment Camp

The “Sensory Safari” presented by the Pierson Wildlife Museum Learning Center of Neligh, NE is coming to Camp Courageous during the Iowa Lions Vision Impairment Camp on July 7, 2009. The museum is bringing a small part of the one hundred full-body and fifty shoulder mounts of creatures from four continents. According to Safari Club International, this museum has “one of the largest and most impressive collections in the country”. The late Dr. Kenneth Pierson and his wife Margaret Pierson donated the entire collection. The late Dr. Pierson had a passion for healing, farming, hunting and a vision for this museum. The collection is a “must see. Great for kids. Beautiful presentation of wildlife” per a visitors comment after touring the full collection.

The main collection contains rare and exotic wildlife. The main collection contains the “Big 5” (Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Black Rhino and Cap Buffalo) and the “Big 4” (Dall, Stone, Bighorn and Desert Sheep).

The Cedar Rapids Kernels (single A affiliate of the L.A. Angels) General Manager Jack Roeder and a couple of current minor league players will visit with the Iowa Lions Visual Impairment Camp at Camp Courageous the morning of July 7, 2009. The Angels and Kernels organizations players have the same philosphy about giving back to the community. In 2008, the Cedar Rapids Kernels received the John H. Johnson President’s Trophy, which is minor league baseballs top award presented to a minor league team across the country. The Kernels organization has been a long-time supporter of Camp Courageous and the campers served.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities. This year they will serve over 5,000 campers with special needs. The camp is run on donations, without government assistance, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fundraisers. What this means is everything that is donated to the camp goes directly to benefit the campers. Camp Courageous is available 24-hours a day, 365-days a year to meet the emergency needs of families with a special needs family member living at home. For more information visit or call 319-465-5916.