Welcome to the Julien C. Hyer Lions Youth Camp

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The Julien C. Hyer Lions International Youth Camps goal is to encourage a select group of students from countries around the world who participate in a five-week program to promote peace and understanding by showing them life in Texas through their stays with host families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, a week long camp experience at Lake Texoma, and trips to the Austin/San Antonio and Lubbock areas.

The camp is a joint project of Texas Lions clubs Districts 2-E-2 and 2-X-1 who work together to host and facilitate this camp. 


History of the Camp

The Julien C. Hyer Lions Youth Camp was organized in 1973 and the first camping session was held in 1974. Each year an average of 30-40 youths (boys and girls) has visited Texas to attend the Julien Hyer Camp. During this time the program has changed slightly but the objective “to foster and create a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world” remains the same. This Camp gives each attending youth the opportunity to learn about other peoples of the world while visiting Texas and the United States of America.

The camp typically begins the last Sunday in June and ends the last Sunday in July or first Sunday in August.  The youths then stay with host families in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth area while they are here and become part of their family.  Throughout the 5 week stay, they experience many things associated with Texas such as rodeos, line dancing, BBQ and much more. 

The Camp is named in honor of Past International President Lion Judge Julien C. Hyer (1931/1932). He was an active Lion for 55 years and distinguished himself as Lion, Attorney, Judge, Writer, Poet, Theologian, Soldier, Father, Husband and as the Founder of the Lions Clubs International Youth Exchange Program. His friendship and love for others is living testimony of the Great Spirit of Lionism. In recognition of our love and respect for him and his principles, we dedicate this camp, the Julien C. Hyer Lions Youth Camp, in his honor.