Frequently Asked Questions
What COVID 19 precautions are in place?
Trailways camp is closely monitoring COVID-19. The Trailways Camp team is following guidelines from the American Camp Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials as we make plans for upcoming camps. The safety of campers, parents, caregivers, volunteers and staff are our highest priority.
A number of precautions will be taken to keep everyone healthy and safe. These precautions include a pre-camp health screening, new check in procedures and while at camp, daily health screening, face mask use, cleaning, sanitizing and social distancing. Camp activities will remain the same as past camps: fishing, canoeing, s’mores, arts and crafts. But the schedule may be different and campers will participate in activities as small teams.
Who is eligible?
We do not require, or select campers, based on a diagnosis, type of disability, or other characteristic. All adults with a disability are eligible to apply. The provider will match resources, staff supports and activities to each individual selected as part of a diverse pool of participants for each particular camp/retreat.
Is there a population priority?
Adults over the age of 18, living with family or a caregiver in need of respite support are a priority population.
How much does the Robert V. & Benjamin G. Miller Fund spend on administration?
100% of donated dollars are used for direct services. All administrative and development activities for the Fund are completed by volunteers at no cost to the Fund.
What is a provider organization?
Non profit organizations apply to be a provider. The Founders select organizations that have the ability to hire and train qualified staff, develop a program of meaningful activities, are able to work as a team with the site director and able to meet health, safety and quality standards. One or more providers may be selected for funding, and different providers may develop program activities with different themes or focus.
How long have camping experiences been provided through the Fund?
The first camp was held in May 2007. Camps have been funded every year since 2007-- first in Central Texas and then in SW Florida since 2012.
What is the cost for a camper?
Costs will vary based on the number of days in the camp session. The range is $1100-$1400. Campers may contribute toward the cost of camp as they are able. Most are very low income and are unable to pay. When sponsorship is unavailable from other sources the Fund scholarship's the cost. A small, non refundable, application fee is charged for each camper.
What is the source of money for the Fund?
The Fund receives donations from the Miller family, devoted individual friends, followers, and some community organizations with interest in providing these experiences for adults with special needs. Many have contributed through donations made at Sanibel Community Church. Others have contributed through the Missions Committee of Captiva Chapel By the Sea. The Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club has provided an annual contribution for camper scholarships.
Voluntary donations are also received throughout the year from families and campers and friends of Trailways Camp.