Trail Life USA Receives 127-acre Camp Property
September 17, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TRAIL LIFE USA RECEIVES SIGNIFICANT CAMP PROPERTY AND GIFT TO FURTHER THE LEGACY OF SOUTH CAROLINA’S CHARLES W. AIKEN
Orlando, FL – Trail Life USA (TLUSA), the Christian character, leadership, and outdoor adventure program for boys, is the recipient of a 127-acre camp outside Greenville, SC.
In addition to the property, which contains houses, dormitories, a gym, commercial food prep facility and chapel, TLUSA was also granted an endowment sufficient to operate the facility.
“This camp property and the endowment are generous gifts that fit with our core value to remain debt averse,” said John Stemberger, Chairman of the TLUSA Board of Directors. “At the same time, it gives us a central, accessible location from which to better train youth and adult leaders in conducting our robust outdoor program.”
Trail Life USA was chosen after a national search for an organization that aligned with the values of the late Charles W. Aiken, a renowned South Carolinian who founded the camp in 1958. The camp will be called “The Charles Aiken Camp (Camp Aiken)” in memory of Mr. Aiken and his vision to “Help a boy today to help America tomorrow.”
TLUSA Chief Executive Officer Mark Hancock says they are wasting no time in utilizing the facility. “We have over 100 boys scheduled to camp there during a Camp Transition Ceremony in October. One week later we conduct an intensive training experience for those called to train others.”
Hancock continued, “This camp gift is just in time, as our growth reaches almost 500 Troops in 48 states approaching 16,000 members–all of this in less than nine months. The addition of these facilities and campgrounds in the first year greatly expands our ability to fulfill our mission to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.”
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