Trailways Camp

 

Founded by Sharon and Jerry Miller of the Robert V. and Benjamin G. Miller Fund. Trailways Camp provides camping experiences for adults with disabilities in Southwest Florida.  Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. has been the service provider for the Trailways Camps since October 2012 and serves 60 campers annually at our overnight camping sessions. Campers enjoy fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, swimming, campfires, nature walks, and much more at Trailways Camp. 
The camp is held at the American Camps Association Accredited Riverside Retreat Center, in LaBelle, Florida.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possibilities!

                             

The Journey to Trailways Camp!

 


The Trailways Camp Mission

Enabling adults with special needs, and those who care for them, to grow their social, emotional, and spiritual relationships. 

Upcoming Camp Sessions 

The Trailways Camp 2020/21 Camp session schedule has been changed.

November overnight camp session are now set up as a 4 DAY camp series; to incorporate COVID related health and safety features minimizing risks for everyone.

Each Session will take place on each Wednesday for 4 weeks from 8:00 AM until 3:30 PM.  The Session will include 10 campers, 5 in two groups who will move through activities together. Campers must sign up for the 4 week series

    • November 18, 2020
    • November 25, 2020 (VIRTUAL SESSION ONLY)
    • December 2, 2020
    • December 9, 2020
    • February 22-25, 2020

Camp Activity Schedules

Check back soon to view activity schedules for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 camp sessions.

 

COVID-19 Precautions  

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.

 

Steps to Register a Camper:  Open Enrollment Starts today!

1.      Complete the Online Registration and Health Profile HERE 

2.      Upload a Camper Medical Form: During registration, please download the Camper Medical Form and the diabetes and seizure form, if applicable. The completed forms should be uploaded to your health profile or returned to the Camp Coordinator prior to or at the home visit. Coordinator can assist with these forms at the home visit if needed. The  completed forms and a medical release will be sent to the camper’s physician by the Camp Coordinator. The camper’s physician or physician’s assistant needs to sign off on and approve the camper for specific activities. 

3.      Be Interviewed by the Camp Coordinator: The Camp Coordinator will meet with each applicant and their caregiver in their home to determine how the camp can best meet the applicant’s needs. Activity schedule, packing, list, camp waiver and additional information will be reviewed at this meeting.

4.      Submit Registration Fee of $35:  Upon acceptance into the camp, a Registration Fee of $35 is the only required fee for camper participation. This fee can be paid online at or after the home visit or remitted to "Goodwill SW Florida, Inc.- Trailways Camp Registration" at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp. DO NOT submit payment before being interviewed by the camp coordinator.  Scholarships may be available if this fee would cause a financial hardship.  

Campers/families are encouraged to contribute toward the cost of their camp session by making a voluntary donation to offset the cost of participation for all campers to the Robert V. & Benjamin G. Miller Fund at www.trailwayscamps.org at any time before, during or after your camper’s participation. 

Voluntary Donations can also be mailed to Southwest Florida Community Foundation at 2031 Jackson Street, Suite 100; Fort Myers, FL 33901.

 

Volunteering at Trailways Camp 

   Volunteers make this camp possible! We are looking for individuals who willing to share their enjoyment of camping, fishing, arts & crafts, canoeing and other outdoor activities. 

Whether you're a seasoned volunteering veteran or brand new to the Trailways Camp family, we are thrilled to have you join our team and eternally grateful for your support.  Without people like you, this camp, which brings joy to so many adults with disabilities, would not be possible.  

We ask that all volunteers complete a quick online registration to let us know who you are and when you would like to volunteer.  We also ask that all volunteer submit to a background screening.  You can download this form during the online registration process. 

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend a Volunteer Orientation. Orientation can be attended in person or virtually. COVID-19 precautions will be explained at orientation or upon arrival at camp. Precautions for volunteers include a health screening and face mask use. Thank you for volunteering and see you at camp! 


Become a Camp Counselor

Now Hiring: Trailways Camp Counselor positions available.

Camp Counselors stay at camp throughout the session and lead a group of 5 campers to their activities, fostering teamwork, sportsmanship, team spirit, and inclusion.


Donations to support Trailways Camp can be made online

Trailways Camp is made possible through the support of the Robert V. and Benjamin G. Miller Foundation. Donations to the fund help sustain and grow this incredible experience.

Donate Online or mail to:

Robert V. & Benjamin G. Miller Fund/SW Florida Community Foundation
2031 Jackson Street, Suite 100
Fort Myers, Fl 33901

You can purchase an item from our Amazon Wish List  and it will be sent directly to the  Anna Mullvain, Trailways Camp Coordinator.

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