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Leadership Trainees Give Back: TEC Turkey Trot 2020

Through our TEC Cares program, we strive to instill the value of giving back to the community in every camper. Our annual Sports-A-Thon is just one way members of our camp community dedicate their time and resources to help others. Hosted by our Leadership Trainees (LTs), the Sports-A-Thon is an 8-hour event where our 8th through 11th grade campers participate in sports and team activities to raise money for a variety of amazing charities. 

Unfortunately, our 2020 LTs missed the chance to lead our campers through this special event. This is why we were thrilled and proud when two of our 2020 Leadership Trainees, Jack Feinberg and Layla Schechner, reached out in September to explore opportunities for our LTs to reclaim this important leadership and charitable experience. 

Jack and Layla proposed organizing Trail’s End’s first ever virtual Turkey Trot with the help of their fellow LTs. Not content to miss out on such an important aspect of their LT summer, they developed an event that ultimately made a big impact on two worthy charities. 

Leadership Trainee campers meet at New York City's Central Park to kick-off the Turkey Trot.

Marc, Rona, Sara and Kylie meet with some 2020 Leadership Trainees in Central Park to kick-off the 2020 TEC Turkey Trot.

Giving back to two great causes!

After discussing which causes the Turkey Trot would support, the Leadership Trainees decided on two charities: Sunrise Day Camp and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Sunrise Day Camp, a charity the TEC Cares program regularly supports, provides children struggling with cancer and their siblings with a fun, carefree summer camp experience. Sunrise board member Jimmy Berg describes these camps as “a bright light in the lives of those desperately in need of sunshine and laughter.” How inspiring it is to see our campers give the gift of camp to those who need it most!

Layla Schechner explained the decision to also support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by saying “the LTs as a whole believe that mental health and suicide prevention are very relevant to what is going on in the world right now.” The AFSP supports survivors of suicide loss, educates the public about mental health and suicide prevention, and funds relevant scientific research, all to reach the ultimate goal of understanding and preventing suicide. 

Our 2020 Leadership Trainees mobilized to spread the word about this virtual TEC Turkey Trot, motivated by their desire to make a difference. From creating t-shirts, kindly donated by the Feinberg family, to bringing their friends, family, alumni and staff into the fold, all of us at Trail’s End were proud to see our LTs work so diligently to give back. 

Trail's End Turkey Trot participants wear their Turkey Trot shirts.

It’s time to trot!

Sunday, November 22nd marked the date of the inaugural Trail’s End Turkey Trot. As soon as the sun rose that morning, pictures and social media posts of people taking to the streets and their treadmills to support our Leadership Trainees came rolling in. From campers, to staff, to alumni, we watched as our TEC family walked and ran for a great cause. 

In the days leading up to the Turkey Trot, our fundraising goal was set at $10,000. Amazingly, by the end of the donation period our Leadership Trainees managed to surpass that goal and raise $13,130. That money will go on to do great things at Sunrise Day Camps and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

While we’re always proud when our Leadership Trainees take time out of their summer to give back, watching as the 2020 Leadership Trainees turned the loss of their LT summer into something that will help countless people is particularly inspiring. We thank our 2020 Leadership Trainees for showing true leadership and compassion in such a challenging year. We also thank every person who participated in our Turkey Trot and helped our LTs exceed their goals. We’re always touched by the kindness and generosity of our extended Trail’s End family. 

Better For Having Been: Catching Up with Sari Wexler!

Once you walk through the gates of Trail’s End Camp, you become part of the TEC family.  Whether you’re getting ready for your first summer at camp or it’s been awhile since your camper days, it’s great to know you can always say “I Am Trail’s End.”

This past Saturday, Trail’s End alumni gathered in New York City for a reunion. Not only did they get a chance to reminisce about their time as campers and their favorite TEC memories, they also raised over $500 for SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education).

At the reunion we caught up with TEC alum, reunion organizer and new Varsity Head Counselor, Sari Wexler!

What do you miss most about your time as a camper?

Looking back at my time as a camper, the one thing I miss most is constantly being surrounded by some of my favorite people. Waking up at reveille together, cleaning the bunk together, activities together, free play together and so much more. Some of my favorite memories were just during the down time hanging out with my friends!

What message do you have for current campers?

My message to current campers is to live in each moment, be present and don’t be afraid to try new things! Put yourself out there in every way, to make new friends, bond with your old friends and to create new memories at the best place ever, TEC!

How has your time at TEC impacted who you are today?

Trail’s End has impacted my life in a tremendous way.  I was fortunate to return to camp as a counselor, group leader and now I will be taking on a new role as a head counselor. Each of my prior roles has shaped me into the person I am today. I learned to be more confident in myself, how to be a team player and most importantly, work to make the camper’s camp experience the best one yet.


Can’t wait to relive your summers at TEC? Be sure to join us for Alumni Day 2018, on August 4th at Trail’s End Camp!

Less Than 100 Days Until Camp

Only 99 Days Until…

  • Hearing Steph at Opening Campfire
  • Dining Room Dance Parties
  • A La Mode Ice Cream
  • Line-Up on Campus
  • Aqua Park
  • Boating & S’mores
  • Gumballs and Candy Hugs
  • Nancy Tucker
  • Taps on Boys’ Campus
  • Olympics
  • Lou & Sue Flego
  • Halloween in July
  • Golf Cart Rides
  • Messy Wednesday
  • Sing
  • TEC Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Late Nights with Friends

What are you the most excited for?!

Check out our TEC family celebrating the countdown to camp in their favorite TEC Gear.

Reunited (And It Feels So Good)

We’ve been counting down the days until we reunited. There is no better feeling than reconnecting and catching up with our camp family.

We started off the weekend with our current 5th through 7th graders bouncing around the room at Bounce Trampoline Sports. Campers and staff came from near and far to jump, flip and master the obstacle course. Some lucky raffle winners walked away with great Trail’s End gear and bunk prizes for the upcoming summer including an A La Mode ice cream party for Reese Rosenblatt’s bunk and the opportunity to run line-up for Michaela Bersh’s bunk.

On Sunday, our current 1st-4th graders joined us at Syosset Lanes for the boys and girls bowling get-togethers. These events are designed help transition our new campers to TEC and get them more comfortable as they prepare for their upcoming summer adventure. The Lower Rangers, Upper Rangers and Pioneers started off the day with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. This was followed by a spirited girls event in the afternoon where our Lower Buddies, Upper Buddies and Middies had so much fun together. The girls ended their day with the TEC “Hey Burrito” cheer. Just like Saturday, these get-togethers ended with amazing raffle prizes, including bunk golf cart rides for Emma Gould and Marco Sukkar, late wake-up for Olivia Wilbert and Nate Damashek’s bunks and milkshake parties for Zoe Spector and all the Lower Buddies and Ben Gleeson and all the Upper Rangers, to name a few.

This incredible weekend has us so excited for Summer 2018. Only 26 Saturdays left until Opening Campfire.

Green & Fright – Halloween 2017


Pumpkins and costumes and candy tied up with string – these are a few of TEC Campers’ favorite things!

It’s no surprise that our Trail’s End family did not disappoint with their creative, funny, spooky and amazing costumes. We had plenty of practice with our first Halloween at TEC this past July. Each Halloween costume contest submission was better than the next. But there can only be one winner of the raffle…

Congratulations to Avery Sherman and Jeff Donaldson, our camper and staff contest winners!

There’s nothing scary about the Halloween prize packs Avery and Jeff won. Boo!

See all the incredible 2017 costume submissions below.

 

Better For Having Been