Camp Pelican :: Have You Heard? Summer Camp for Kids With Pulmonary Disorders!

If you have a child with asthma, cystic fibrosis, or any other pulmonary disorder, the idea of sending your child to summer camp may seem daunting. The medications, medical equipment, and special care a child with a pulmonary disorder needs can make something as simple as summer camp an extremely stressful experience — but at Camp Pelican, everyone can take a breath.

No, really — Louisiana Lions-LPDCI-Camp Pelican (Camp Pelican) is heavily staffed with physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, educators, and one-on-one counselors for children who require extra help. The entire staff is trained before each session, and the camper-to-staff ratio is approximately 1:1.

Camp Pelican is a week long, overnight summer camp program for children with pulmonary disorders ages five to fifteen years old. The program offers a wide variety of activities including swimming, sports, arts and crafts and many special events to entertain and educate these children.


Is your child ventilator-assisted? Has a tracheostomy? Uses a wheelchair? Has severe and/or chronic asthma? Your child has a home at Camp Pelican. With specialized equipment and heavily trained staff, your child can safely play in the pool on a hot summer day with other children, fly high on a swing for the first time, and make new life-long friends. Camp Pelican’s community events aren’t limited to one week each summer!

Throughout the year, campers and their families are invited to several Camp-related events such as family functions and annual picnics all at no cost. In fact, Camp Pelican itself is free! Louisiana Pulmonary Disease Camp Incorporated (LPDCI) is a non-profit organization and, in partnership with the Louisiana Lions, is proud to offer these activities at no cost to participants.

And as a former camp counselor at Camp Pelican myself, let me tell you — this is a beautiful, meaningful experience for everyone involved, but especially for your child. My mother-in-law, Cathy Allain, is the assistant director of Camp Pelican, and she runs a tight ship. She knows every single child by name, she knows their medical needs, and ensures every child knows how important they are. Her best friend, Father Tony Ricard, is camp director, and he ensures every child smiles in his presence — if you’re with Father Tony, there’s no way you aren’t dancing, singing, laughing, or all three! Together, they create a loving and safe environment so children with pulmonary disorders can experience the fun of summer camp just like any other kid!

Camp is in session May 28th – June 3rd, 2023. Go to to fill out your camper’s application today (or click here)!

Currently, counselor and staff positions are full for this year; however, Camp Pelican is still in need of lifeguards to volunteer! If you or someone you know is interested, please head to the website for more information or send an email to [email protected].

If you have any questions or would like to chat before filling out your child’s application, please go to the contact us page and reach out!

Cailin Allain
Cailin was born in Metairie, but moved to Slidell at five years old and never left! She is now raising her three daughters, Genevieve (Evie, 5, highly intelligent, brutally honest, hysterical), Josephine (Jo, 4, intuitive, brilliant, fiery), and Bernadette (Bettye, 2, smarty pants, no sense of fear, doesn’t believe in rules), with her husband, Andy (her favorite human), in Olde Towne Slidell. Cailin received her bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Political Science from LSU, and her J.D./D.C.L from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU Law. She has her own practice, Law Office of Cailin K. Allain, LLC, and is currently navigating the ins and outs of expanding her business while working from home. When she’s not working, raising babies, or dancing in the kitchen with her husband, you can find her curled up in bed with a good book/comfort movie, some chocolate, and hot tea. On the weekends, Cailin enjoys going to concerts and comedy shows with her husband and any one (or all!) of her six siblings, and hanging out with her in-laws in Bay St. Louis.


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