Trails to Success Initiative
Campers do not “age out” of Happy Trails.
As a result, youth are growing up with Happy Trails. Our Trails to Success Initiative focuses on programming for older campers, junior counselors and camp counselors, beginning as young as age 12 through age 24. We have intentionally crafted our programming and opportunities so that there are meaningful ways to remain connected to our community, and to propel youth to academic, professional and personal success. Under the Trails to Success Initiative, Happy Trails will strengthen the relationships, trust and stability we have already established with campers, and facilitate enhanced programming. The Initiative is grounded on the principles, and most importantly, spirit of camp.
“Learning Adulthood Skills and Supporting Ourselves”
To promote stability and community, Happy Trails for Kids strives to keep our campers and staff committed to the program for the long haul. As a result, youth are growing up with Happy Trails. We are increasing serving populations of youth who are entering their adolescent and even young adult years.
Campers ages 14 years and older are eligible to participate in the LASSO program, which are specialized workshops and events designed to help prepare them for life after foster care and the responsibilities of adulthood.
Former campers ages 16 and 17 are eligible to serve as Junior Counselors at camp. To be considered, a youth must submit a resume and application, provide letters of recommendations, participate in an interview and complete a rigorous training program.
If selected, Junior Counselors work at camp for one week and are paid a modest stipend. This opportunity offers increased responsibility, job skills development, a leadership role, and the chance to mentor younger children in foster care, while still providing transition age youth with the wonders of camp.