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BookTrails Promoting Literacy and Love of the Outdoors
BookTrails Promoting Literacy and Love of the Outdoors
BookTrails Promoting Literacy and Love of the Outdoors
BookTrails Promoting Literacy and Love of the Outdoors
BookTrails Promoting Literacy and Love of the Outdoors
BookTrails Promoting Literacy and Love of the Outdoors
BookTrails Promoting Literacy and Love of the Outdoors
BookTrails Promoting Literacy and Love of the Outdoors
BookTrails Promoting Literacy and Love of the Outdoors
BookTrails Promoting Literacy and Love of the Outdoors
BookTrails Promoting Literacy and Love of the Outdoors
BookTrails Promoting Literacy and Love of the Outdoors

HISTORY

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Emily Krall Osterman (Executive Director), founded BookTrails in December of 2011 with the goal of starting a camp that combined reading and outdoor experiences. Emily met many families during her time working as a bookseller for her parents’ independent bookstore, Off the Beaten Path. She spoke with many parents who expressed their desire for summer programs that would provide an educational experience for their children. Emily responded to this need by launching BookTrails Camp in 2012 and the scholarship program to serve children from low-income families. The program continued to grow, eventually serving over 120 children in the summer of 2014. The scholarship program doubled and it became clear that BookTrails would thrive best as a non-profit entity. An informal board of advisors transformed into a formal Board of Directors and in January of 2015, BookTrails earned their own 501(c)(3) status. In 2016, BookTrails started work on a permanent home for their programs, The Reading Ranch. This off-the-grid site will allow BookTrails to grow our overnight camp and provide an unforgettable experience for our future campers. BookTrails employees 12 part time and 2 full time staff members per year.