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Posted on: May 4, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Veterans Project New Hope Summer Retreats for Disabled Veterans and Families

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Four nights lodging and all meals are provided at NO charge to the disabled veterans and their immediate family, and they don’t have to be a Lion. All individuals disabled due to injuries as a result of military service as listed on their DD214 or suffering with PTSD related emotional issues are eligible and welcome to attend the retreats. Our goal is to fill all the cabins with Veterans and their immediate families on these weekends and provide relaxation and fellowship with other Veterans. One family per cabin, each cabin has a private bathroom and can accommodate up to 7 family members. The ‘Veterans Village’ area includes the Chow Hall, Infirmary, Art Room, Laundry facility and Activity Center. Much is offered at Beacon Lodge; morning and evening Colors ceremony, fishing, wheelchair accessible slopped entry swimming pool, 700 ft zip line, miniature golf, two-mile bicycle/walking trail, nightly camp fire, and more, on the mostly wooded 583 acres. Our team of nurses are on call 24 hours a day to address any health needs that arise and special diets can be accommodated with prior notice.

We don’t have your typical “camp chow’ at Beacon Lodge, a real Chef is on site and you’ll be amazed at three impressive meals every day, including ‘Smores’ at the nightly camp fire.  You and your guests are welcome to wine and dine on a Raystown Lake Dinner Cruise. But don’t eat too much….. save room for ice cream! 

Beacon Lodge Camp, owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Lions, is a facility designed and built to cater to handicapped of all ages. Beacon Lodge has proudly served over 35,900 campers in 584 sessions in 74 years. The Veteran’s Retreat was well attended in 2014. In 2015-2019 there were about 60 veterans with about 190 family members. 

The Project New Hope registration form is on line at  If you need help completing the online form, please call our office 814-542-2511, we are happy to help. Returnees welcome.

Lion Pat Cartwright                                                                    
[email protected] 
District 14-E Beacon Lodge Board Member (USN

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