Gator Wilderness Camp School Inc
44930 Farabee Rd
Punta Gorda FL 33982
To provide assistance to emotionally troubled adolescent males through a wilderness camping experience. 
CEO/Executive Director Gregg Alan Kanagy
Board Chair Michael Pope
Board Chair Affiliation Joshan Enterprises LLC, Promise Electrical Services, LLC, Promise Construction Group, LLC.
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1997
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS LetterView
Impact Statement
Accomplishments for 2016-2017
1) Continued to provide Title I reading services to campers
2) Completed construction of staff office on property to house all staff personnel in one central location.
3) 1 graduated camper trip in June of 2017
Goals for 2017-2018
1) Build a structure to house volunteer work groups and additional staff housing.
2) 2 Graduated camper trips in June & July 2018
3) Continued after care program for graduated campers
Needs Statement

1. Build a structure to house volunteer work groups and additional staff housing. Estimated cost $200,000.00 

Background Statement

Background:  Gator Wilderness Camp School is a year-round faith-based camping program designed specifically to serve adolescent boys ages 10-15 years (peer-specific groups). These boys are struggling to interpret a myriad of issues in their families, schools, and communities and have voluntarily made the decision themselves to come to Gator Camp. Treatment at Gator Camp is two-fold as staff partners with families to address broken and dysfunctional family issues.

Community Need:  Referrals come to Gator Camp from a variety of sources including behavioral health, therapists, school counselors, judicial system, churches, teachers, and parents.  Gator Camp receives an average of 12-25 inquiries per month as both professionals and families search for programs in southwest Florida to address the issues of the troubled adolescent boy in the 21st century.
Camp Capacity:  Currently Gator Camp has three groups of boys with a total capacity of 30 boys, 10 boys per group. A total of 139 campers have been enrolled at Gator Camp since September 2009; 81% of those boys have been from Southwest Florida, 18% from surrounding counties including Brooksville and Eastern parts of the state, and 1% from out of state (served in 2009).
Family Support:  Parents commit to supporting the program and their boy's goals at Gator Camp. Gator Camp Family Workers work with parents in parent group meetings which are held regularly and provide both education and support to families. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
Areas Served Comments
Gator Wilderness Camp School primarily serves boys and their families in southwest Florida within a 3 hour radius of our facility.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The challenges for Gator Wilderness Camp School relate largely to the growth of the camp in the last 8 years.  While we have a clear goal that we are heading for, the path there requires a lot of effort on everyone involved. It is much like seeing a mountain in the distance that you want to go to but the road is not a straight shot forward because of the terrain in between you and the mountain. As we have grown, the need for more staff to meet the needs of boys has become evident. The need for adequate volunteer housing has increased. Annually, there are several hundred volunteers assisting in numerous projects the direct care staff would never have time for because of their responsibilities to program participants. Many of these volunteers travel from areas outside our location. Geographically the camp property is located in a very rural location. It is a great location for a wilderness camp but has few housing options with in 10 miles. We have purchased 5 acres 8 minutes from camp to house the important and vital volunteers.  

One of the most significant rewards of being a part of Gator Wilderness is seeing the positive change that occurs in the lives of our students. Long term change in the lives of our students post program is a great encouragement. This past academic year we celebrated the high school graduations of three former students. Each one of these individuals had very little chance of successfully completing the requirements for a high school diploma prior to enrollment at Gator Wilderness Camp School. What  price can be placed on providing a boy the tools for long term future employment, healthy relationships, and a functioning member of society? These are the changes we desire to see all 139 boys that have been through the program to demonstrate well because of how they "learned to live" while at Gator Wilderness Camp School.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Education at camp is “life wide." Campers are expected to complete all learning activities and scheduled assignments. The residential and experiential aspects of the camp program allow campers the flexibility of learning, natural science, local and state history, reading, composition, mathematics, health, physical education, environmental science, and home economics. Most of these subjects are taught 
in block units allowing the group to invest a great deal of time and energy on specific content area. Whether on our campus or beyond searching for fossils on the Peace River, canoeing the Suwannee River, or sea kayaking the Everglades, our staff and teachers are always looking to challenge our students to reach their full potential.
We, at Gator Camp, endeavor to help the campers discover answers to important life issues.  
  • Social:  Who are  my friends?  Why are good choices for friends important? 
  • Emotional:  What am I worth?  Am I valued?  Am I worth loving? 
  • Spiritual:  Who created me?  I created for a purpose.   How can I learn important life lessons through my surroundings?  
  • Physical:  We provide the opportunity for a boy to learn in the out of doors, explore natural environment with access to healthy eating habits and regular exercise.
Program Components: 
  • Healthy relationships:  rules without relationship = rebellion
  • Structure:  Providing an important foundation for how life is lived
  • Planning:  Providing working parts to the framework of structure (short and long term)
  • Problem solving:  Help yourself-help others / I have a responsibility to help others
  • Evaluation:  How did we do?  Let's not make the same mistakes over and over.
Education at Camp:

Gator Wilderness Camp School is recognized as a private school by the Charlotte County School District and is part of the Title I Tutoring Program for reading. Campers who qualify for Title I services receive one-on-one reading tutoring once a week. Campers also receive one-on-one sessions with a math teacher one time weekly. High School students have the opportunity to receive a math and English credit through Florida Virtual School. Gator Wilderness Camp School is both a McKay and Step Up For Students Scholarship school. The McKay scholarship provides academic funding for students with special needs in Florida, while the Step Up For Students program provides academic funding for low-income Florida families. Both of these scholarships enable Florida families to utilize the best educational option for their children. Gator Wilderness Camp School meets the academic, ethical, and professional requirements for both of these programs, and is able to accept either of these scholarships as tuition payment.
Educational enrichment at Gator Wilderness Camp School includes aspects of the experiential curriculum (hands-on learning) used in this residential program. Campers placed at Gator Camp have primarily given up on school due to continual failures and low self-confidence.  Group counselors and supervisors lead the campers in learning to form healthy relationships, structure, problem solving, planning, and evaluating.  At camp, boys begin to understand most success only comes with a great deal of effort and effective planning.  Several times a year, each group plans and executes trips such as a three week canoe trip on the Suwannee River, a 7-10 trip through the Florida Everglades, or, possibly, a backpacking trip on the Florida Trail.  The boys do all of the planning and preparation including researching the area, menus and food prep, budget management, etc.  During the trip, each boy keeps a daily journal.  During all of these times at camp, boys experience natural consequences.  
Budget $22,000
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Males At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success Short-term success for campers at Gator Camp is based on successful graduation from the program.  Success rate for short-term success is approximately 90%.
Long Term Success Long-term success for graduates of Gator Wilderness Camp School is based on the following three indicators:  1)  Camper returns home to family and is able to stay living at home 2)  Camper returns to school and stays in school 3)  Camper stays out of trouble with the law.  Long-term success for campers is 85%. 
Program Success Monitoring Success at Gator Camp is monitored by Family Workers who are visit each family prior to a camper's pre-placement and placement, and who work with families while the boy is enrolled at camp.  After graduation, Family Workers and counselors stay in touch with the boy and his family through phone calls, former camper reunions, and an outcome chart.
Program Success Examples Gator Camp has served 58 boys since re-opening in September 2009.  A recent testimonial from a successful camper who graduated January, 2011 reads:  "When I went to camp, I fought with my brother all the time and had no male figure in my life.  I didn't know how men should act or talk, but then I went to camp where I met the other campers and chiefs.  We had problems but we worked them out.  We had fun, we had work, and we worked hard teaching me how to build, be persistent, and get things done.  Without camp, I would be sitting at home watching movies and eating anything I could get... Camp has worked out my kinks and knots...My life has changed dramatically since camp with amazing friends to help me.  At camp we would work in the morning and part of the was getting us ready for school.  At school we do the same, work in the morning and in part of the afternoon, and for this, I thank them.  
Trading post at Gator Camp is a program that helps to teach boys several things including:  how to maintain a checkbook, the necessity of buying personal care items, and saving up money to purchase larger items such as a camp shirt or fishing pole.  Boys at Gator Camp receive a $5 allowance each week and are able to spend time in the Trading Post area 1x/wk. where they browse available items such as fishing lures, fishing poles, camp shirts/hats, personal care items, etc. in a supervised setting.  
Budget $4,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Males At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success In a four month period at Gator Camp 90% of campers will learn that success in life includes the necessity of purchasing toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, and soap in the Trading Post for use in his daily personal care.  
Long Term Success Through the Trading Post program, boys will learn to successfully use a checkbook.  For boys completing the program, 95% will effectively maintain their own checkbook.
Program Success Monitoring The Trading Post program at Gator Camp is monitored by camp's administrative assistant and camp supervisors based on observation, camp evaluations, and chiefs' notes. 
Program Success Examples Frequently families of campers placed at Gator Camp complain their camper refuses to shower daily and/or brush his teeth.  Families are asked to supply personal care items one time only and that is upon arrival at Gator Camp.  From there onward, throughout a boy's stay at camp, the camper is responsible to purchase his own personal care items with the $5 allowance he receives from camp each week.  Every four months a boy's progress is evaluated by the camp team including his family and the boy.  Nearly 100% of campers have changed this behavior successfully prior to graduating from Gator Camp.
Description Gator Wilderness Camp School holds several special events annually including Family Day, Mother-Son Luncheon, and Turkey-in-the-Hole. Family Day is held each November and is a time for campers' families to come to camp for the day where their boy gives them a tour of his group's campsite. Campers provide a program for their families, and enjoy eating lunch together with parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.  Each May, Gator Camp holds a Mother-Son Luncheon for mothers/guardians to celebrate Mother's Day with their camper.  The luncheon includes boys creating and presenting corsages to their special guest, a short program, and luncheon served in the camp's dining hall.  Turkey-in-the-Hole is a fund-raising event for the public the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year.  Campers and staff bake 60-70 turkeys in a hole in the ground which is then served along with Thanksgiving dinner fixings to 700-800 people who attend.  Attendees make contributions and an auction is held.
Budget $60,000
Category None of the above
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families At-Risk Populations Males
Short Term Success 100% of campers at Gator Wilderness Camp School will have a parent/guardian at the Mother-Son Luncheon and family attendance at Family Day.
Long Term Success
Families will gain a better understanding of their boy's growth at camp, and learn to appreciate his uniqueness as an individual.  The public will have a better understanding of the role of Gator Camp in a boy's life and it's effect on the community.   
Program Success Monitoring Family workers and the administrative assistant and Gator Camp monitor success for both family events through camp records, feed-back from families and observation, while the Board's Fund Development committee and the Director track success of the Turkey-in-the-Hole event. This event's success is based on attendance, the public's feedback, and fund-raising results
Program Success Examples Each of the annual events have grown in attendance since September 2009. The 3rd Annual Family Day in 2012 saw an increase of 50%, while the Turkey-in-the-Hole realized an increase in attendance of approximately 41% since November, 2009.  Family members provide testimonials related to Family Day, "I just love this place, and what it is doing for my son."  
Program Comments by Organization "Camp teaches a boy to think critically; learn to problem solve, and perhaps most importantly accomplish real work with other kids."
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Gregg Alan Kanagy
CEO Term Start June 2009
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Gregg's background includes nearly 10 years of wilderness camping experience in SC as a counselor, educational coordinator, and program director from 1990-2000.  During that time he did his graduate work at Elmira, NY where he served as assistant soccer coach.  In 2000, Gregg moved to central PA to serve first as Youth Pastor then Pastor of Visitation and Community Outreach until coming to Gator Wilderness Camp School in June 2009 to re-open camp at the request of the Gator Camp Board.  While in PA, he also coached high school soccer at Lewistown High School, Mifflin County, PA.    
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 19
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 86
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 500
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Gator Wilderness Camp School as a faith-based organization collaborates informally with a number of churches in the area including several Baptist churches in Arcadia, St. Paul's Presbyterian in North Port, Peace Christian in North Port, and a number of Mennonite churches and non-denominational churches in Sarasota, Pennsylvania and New York.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
2009 Best of Punta Gorda AwardUS Commerce Association (USCA)2009
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Professional Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization

Working with troubled boys in an outdoor environment at Gator Wilderness Camp School has proven to be a powerful intervention in the lives of these adolescents.  “Camp teaches a boy to think critically, learn to problem solve, and maybe, most importantly accomplish real work with other kids.” Challenges in this program are two-fold: 1) the magnitude of need in southwest Florida for a wilderness camp school while determining who is enrolled or not, 2) getting boys to a place where they can overcome the obstacles of broken family systems.  But there is little one can do in life that compares with the satisfaction of seeing boys grow into young men who have the skills to face conflict and the self-worth to not be dragged down.

Board Chair
Board Chair Michael Pope
Company Affiliation Joshan Enterprises LLC, Promise Electrical Services, LLC, Promise Construction Group, LLC.
Board Term Apr 2016 to Mar 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Andy Ard Abundant Life Church
Sam Detwiler Detwiler's Farm Market
Bill Medred Aloha Home Watch Services, LLC
Morris Miller M&M Quality Concrete
Michael Pope Joshan Enterprises LLC, Promise Electrical Services, LLC, Promise Construction Group, LLC.
Walter Shank Overhead Door Company Sarasota
Greg Sullivan First Baptist Church of Fort Ogden
Eric Troyer Kerkering, Barberio & Co
Omer Troyer Retired
Ben Yoder Yoder Construction Services
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 10
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 83
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Campus Planning and Development
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization

Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Apr
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Mar
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $933,500.00
Projected Expenses $933,500.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902017
Form 9902016
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$703,163$671,138$592,620
Administration Expense$101,191$94,848$83,892
Fundraising Expense$84,697$73,115$67,905
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.281.241.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%80%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%7%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$2,008,747$1,789,880$1,628,973
Current Assets$544,108$488,897$453,080
Long-Term Liabilities$0$30,706$50,000
Current Liabilities$27,309$29,962$51,991
Total Net Assets$1,981,438$1,729,212$1,526,982
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $805,116Contributions, gifts, grants $781,038Contributions, gifts, grants $628,792
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $335,411Fundraising $260,089Fundraising $241,936
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Gain from Sale of Assets $500Investment Income $203Investment Income $113
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities19.9216.328.71
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%2%3%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

As treasurer of the Gator Wilderness Camp Board for the past three years, the challenges and rewards have come thick and fast. First, any organization which enjoys rapid growth is not only going to have to find its way, but it is going to have to strategically plan for the inherent challenges of that rapid growth..

The philosophy of the budget committee and the Board has been to set a budget at an amount which will adequately support the program. It is then the responsibility of the Board, staff and supports of Gator Camp to raise the funds to meet the budget. This is a sizeable challenge because only approximately 12% of the budget is met through government funding in the form of special education dollars under the McKay and Step Up for Students program. In addition, only approximately 6% of the budget is met through tuition and room & board. The remaining 82% comes through a wide variety of funding efforts.

In a relative short period of time, the graduated boys have spoken to our supporting public very clearly and represented the finished product of Gator Camp in a very positive light. The supporters of Gator Camp strongly believe their charity dollars are well spent. Another testament to the success of the camp is that the number of admission requests far out-number the places available for boys at Gator Camp.

The future funding of Gator Camp looks very promising. The staff and Board understand several key objectives; maintain an effective program, communicated frequently and in a variety of ways to the public and maintain full transparency in financial matters. 

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and financial reviews.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and financial reviews reconcile.
Nonprofit Gator Wilderness Camp School Inc
Address 44930 Farabee Rd
Punta Gorda, FL 33982
Phone 941 639-7722