In honor of the 15th anniversary of John Troxel’s death on June 16th, his children, Tom, Mimi, and Wil, and his widow, Sarah, are holding a fundraiser for Experience Camps. Experience Camps is a national non-profit that provides free week-long summer camps and year-round resources to kids (ages 9-18) who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. John loved the outdoors and team sports, both of which ExCamps uses to help teach leadership, confidence and cooperation to campers. Those who knew John, know he had an enormous heart and that he would really appreciate the healing and community of ExCamps.
ExCamps provides a community for grieving unlike any other, where they have a community of peers that have also experienced immense loss, access to mental health resources, and a space to just be a kid. Tom, Mimi, and Wil all wish they had been able to go to ExCamps when they were younger and want to help others have this unique healing experience. Tom joined Experience Camps' board of directors last year and Mimi has volunteered for camp to bring her skillset as a clinical psychologist to bear. We have seen first-hand the tremendous impact this organization has on its campers – it truly changes the lives of everyone who is involved.
• $50 pays for one child's bus ride to camp, keeping camp 100% free for their families
• $100 buys supplies for a memory ceremony on the last night of camp
• $500 pays for a clinician to come to camp and cover two bunks of children
• $1,000 sends a child to camp for a week and changes their life
Anything that you can give is deeply appreciated. Thank you for your consideration and support. Please reach out if you have any questions about ExCamps. Also, if you know of a child or family that could benefit from Experience Camps, please reach out to any of the Troxels and they would be happy to connect them to the ExCamps team.
More info on ExCamps: Experience Camps has locations in 5 states (ME, PA, GA, MI, CA) that support almost 1,000 kids from 20+ states. In regard to the response to COVID, ExCamps already has had multiple children who’ve experienced a COVID-related death join the community and unfortunately, we know many more families are likely to join them in the coming months. Like so many organizations, ExCamp’s operating model is challenged by the health implications of this crisis and in-person camp this summer has been cancelled. However, ExCamps has moved extremely rapidly to distance-based approaches and creative ways to engage kids virtually in order to maintain strong support structures. Earlier this spring, ExCamps had a lot of success kicking off our virtual campaign with Zoom bunk reunions to maintain community continuity. The need for Experience Camps and grief resources will be even more acute coming out of this pandemic and we're working hard to meet that need. In the last few years, ExCamps' waitlist has grown, even as they doubled every 2 or 3 years for more than a decade. Since he joined the board of directors, Tom has been working closely with the CEO on expansion strategy – ExCamps is aiming to more than double their capacity in the next 5 years to over 2,000 campers per year.
Update on the Troxels: Sarah continues to be busy in the surgical practice that she started with John in Anchorage, Alaska. Tom (25) graduated from Stanford and now works at Bain Capital in Boston. Mimi (24) also lives in Boston where she is working towards a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on childhood development and autism (UMass Boston) after graduating from Georgetown. Wil (21) is a rising senior at Pomona College, majoring in Computer Science and Russian.