Frequently Asked Questions
What Health and Safety practices are in place?
Trailways camp closely monitors COVID-19 and other infectious disease risks. The guidelines from the American Camp Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health officials are followed. Infection Control, Health screening and monitoring practices are in place at every camp. Weather, including wind and river conditions are monitored. Emergency medical and evacuation policies are in place. Qualified and certificated staff are employed in required areas such as Water Safety.
Who is eligible?
We do not require, or select campers, based on a diagnosis, type of disability, or other characteristic. All adults with special needs 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. We have added specialized camp populations and priorities will be adjusted accordingly.
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 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 are the sources of financial support?
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. Grampy's Charities pledged a five year donation.
Voluntary donations are also received throughout the year from families and campers and friends of Trailways Camp.