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The Last Green Valley Inc

Explore The Last Green Valley Trail Camp

We are fundraising to help 120 kids ages 10-13 spend a week in the outdoors, learn important outdoors skills and have the confidence to help their families and friends begin to discover the wonders of safely being out in the woods!
raised of US$7,500 target
by 24 supporters
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Closed on 31/05/2022
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Last summer, The Last Green Valley, Thompson Rec and TEEG had a crazy idea that if we worked together we could figure out how get middle school kids outside safely. Middle school children especially were facing a second straight pandemic-created, lonely summer of little to no activities for kids their age. We knew getting them on the trails for a week or two could really help provide some happiness and excitement, but also help relieve the stress and pressure on families worried about their middle schoolers.

That pilot program got 18 kids out on the Air Line Trail State Park Trail all the way from Thompson to Lebanon over two weeks. And it worked.

"I wanted to thank all of you for including my sons in the Airline Trail Camp Opportunity," wrote a happy dad. "Thank you very much for this program and to all the folks involved. It was perfect for my boys to get them out hiking and socializing with other kids, after being stuck at home due to Covid for so long. Even after Covid, the Airline Trail was a great program that I hope continues and grows each year."

In 2022 we plan to operate from hubs in Thompson and Coventry to give 120 kids that kind of experience. Campers will be empowered with new skills, connecting them to the outdoors and their peers, while giving their families the pleasure of watching them take on new challenges and be excited for the day ahead.

Campers will have the opportunity to hike a variety of trails, their skills developing over the course of the week, be able to understand trail signs, read a map and use a compass when they are done. They'll also be exposed to outdoor STEM-based activities, such as learning about water quality monitoring, the sun and more. They will learn about local history and agriculture and have the opportunity to connect to one another and the adults assisting the camp in a small group environment.

Every dollar raised will ensure the camp is affordable for all families. Each camper's fee is subsidized and some campers will receive full scholarships.

Donations at any level are appreciated. $250 sends a kid to camp for a week. $75 ensures the campers will meet a bald eagle. $25 gets the kids farm fresh treats.

Thank you for supporting trail camp.

About the charity

The Last Green Valley is two things: it's the 35-town National Heritage Corridor in eastern CT and south-central MA, and it’s your member-supported nonprofit stewardship organization working for you. A special place, it's green by day and dark at night with 84% forests, woods, farms and waters.

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