THE FOUNDERS’ MESSAGE
“Courage to Care”
We are so encouraged by you. Thank you for walking with us as the Board of Directors leads Trailways Camp into the future. Your gifts are a major part of reaching the goal of sustaining Trailways Camps in years to come
The 9th “I AM SPECIAL” Camper Reunion event is coming right up. There are opportunities for sponsorships now as we plan for this very special day of reconnection. Perhaps you know of someone, a business, an organization or club that might wish to sponsor an activity, the meal, respite raffle or even a Table with the opportunity to participate as a Table Host. A Sponsorship gift can be given right here at www.trailwayscamps.org/give or email us to connect us with someone you know.
Did you know we can now accept Securities as a tax deductible donation? As you plan your year ahead will you bless us by keeping Trailways Camps in your hearts and minds?
Sharon & Jerry Miller, Founders
Guess Who Is Coming to the “I AM SPECIAL”?
Thank you Grampy’s Charities for your continued encouragement and support for Trailways Campers. Jim and Jonatha Castle are supporters of families and those providing caregiving support for adults with special needs. Visit https://www.grampys.org to read more about this amazing team leading an amazing
Did you know that we have a You Tube Channel? If you subscribe you will always be able to be aware of any new video’s from the Camps or “I AM SPECIAL” events. Just go to You Tube, the handle is @trailwayscamps
EVENT & CAMP HAPPENINGS–Sharing our gifts and talents
Are you ready for our horse experiences?
Thank you Chapel by the Sea for providing a grant to renew and upgrade horse experiences for all campers who come while maintaining care standards for the animals who serve us. New safety helmets in several sizes for those who are without medical restrictions to mount a horse and have a led horse experience. A new Mounting Block. For those who are not able to sit atop a horse, we have Mini Horse Entertainment through Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, and pony hand painting experiences. We are so grateful for this very special donation that will benefits all Trailways Campers.
Benjamin G. Miller “Joyful Spirit Award”
A tradition that is part of each Trailways Camp Session is the Awards Assembly at which campers themselves are recognized for the gifts they bring, the achievements reached, and the most remarkable character reflections visible during the gathering. This tradition is carried forward to the Annual “I AM SPECIAL” Camper Reunion & Birth Day event. There are four Founders Awards—one of which has been The Birth Day Closest to that of Benjamin Miller. Upon thoughtful and spiritual reflection we made the decision to release this award, and to establish a new award going forward.
Benjamin lived each day as a joyful spirit. Disappointments or frustrations on a day never carried forward to another day. He loved His Lord and loved each person created by Him. Loving others, serving others, participating in relationships with others were at the core of who he was. This new award recognizes these exceptional characteristics in a participating camper. The new award was presented by the Founders to Julie Lyle on October 15, to Janee Combee on October 21, and Glen Stilley on November 18. Thank you to each one for the opportunity to celebrate you! We now have an Academy of “Joyful Spirits”