Camp Tiger 2018 – Another Successful Event! 

Jantzen Collette (School of Medicine, Class of 2021)

130 kids with special needs from the New Orleans area were given the week of a lifetime as they made new friends and enjoyed many fun activities at the 33rd annual Camp Tiger.

Camp Tiger is a week-long summer day camp for children with any range of disability, provided completely free of charge to the families, and is hosted by the first-year medical school class. To ensure each camper is safe and has the most fun possible, each camper is paired with two counselors, one from the first-year class and one from the incoming class.

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This past year the LSU School of Medicine Class of 2021 worked very hard planning and fundraising for Camp Tiger. Camp Tiger 2018 was one for the record books as the Class of 2021 raised a whopping $188,000 at the annual Camp Tiger Benefit and Auction! The Camp Tiger Benefit and Auction was held on April 6th at Club XLIV in Champion’s Square and featured both a live and silent auction, with a special performance by the 610 Stompers and live entertainment from the Rockenbraughs. In addition, many restaurant vendors from the New Orleans area provided excellent local cuisine. A huge thank you goes out to this year’s Auction Committee for all of their amazing work at accomplishing such an achievement. With a special thanks to Auction Chair, Hillary Connell for making this the most successful Camp Tiger Benefit and Auction in history.

This year at Camp Tiger, which took place this past May, nearly 450 campers and counselors explored many fun locations around the city and state, including the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium, Global Wildlife, KidSports, Laser Tag, and Mardi Gras World. The students also enjoyed a fun-filled day at the Camp Tiger Carnival, which was held on the dental school fields and included a petting zoo, fun jumps, dunk tank, therapy dogs, face painting, and many more fun activities.

One of the biggest challenges when planning Camp Tiger is finding venues that can both accommodate a group of our size and as well as the needs of our campers. Thank you to all of our amazing venues for everything they did to make Camp Tiger the best it could be for our campers, and to the Camp Tiger committee for all of their hard work this past year. Special thank you to Delaney Sheehan, Counselor Coordinator, and Madelinn Fink, Camp Tiger Secretary, for everything they have done to make Camp Tiger possible, it truly would not have gone as well as it did without you two.

One of the most important goals of Camp Tiger is to give our amazing campers a week to just be a kid, without the world viewing them as different, but as a person that just wants to make friends and have fun doing whatever it is they love doing. Those who know me, know how important this goal is to me, and I personally cannot thank enough every single person involved in making Camp Tiger 2018 an absolute success and giving these amazing kids a week they loved and will talk about until next year’s Camp Tiger.