Terry's Timber Frame Workshop:

Recently, we partnered with Terry Clark at Bear’s Mill to complete our newest program called “Terry’s Timber Framing”. Since it was our introductory year for the workshop, we kept the class small and only had 12 people in the class, although we received about 15 other calls from people wanting to get into the class. This workshop was a great addition to our programming. We had youth as young as 5 years old and wise men in their 60’s and 70’s attending the workshop. Our workshops met on select Saturdays from 9am – 2pm. The first two session were at our facility, Chenoweth Trails, where we learned to make pegs, hue logs and make cuts on different logs. In our last session, we got a great tour of Bear’s Mill as well as Terry’s Timber frame home built by Terry himself. Terry’s degree from MSU really allowed him to give a great tour. After the tour, we enjoyed some lunch and got to work assembling our 20ft x 40ft timber frame. Throughout the program we met some amazing people who shared a passion for learning and a unique skill of building a home as it was done in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. There was laughter, hard work, smiles, a few grunts, discussions of geometry, and even a “planned and scheduled” repair of a critical log by Terry. Altogether, it was an amazing experience. The Light Foundation is very blessed to have a great man like Terry work with us on this program. 2nd workshop dates are currently being discussed so stay tuned!


"The Area IV Envirothon took place at Chenoweth Trails on Tuesday, April 26. The day could not have gone better! The staff at Chenoweth Trials was so amazing and were so excited to showcase their site to the hundreds of high school students we had attend. The site itself was so beautiful and many of us couldn't believe what a hidden gem Darke county has. We definitely hope to be back, whether for an Envirothon or some other event. I would highly recommend Chenoweth Trails for any school outing. "

- Gwen Roth, Education Specialist

2015 Matt Light All-Conference Football Camp

Every June kids from Darke County are invited to participate in the Matt Light All-Conference Football Camp. This camp is free and teaches kids the fundamentals of the game of football while building friendships and self-esteem.

This year, on June 8-9, the Light Foundation’s Matt Light All Conference Football Camp had a record setting 215 athletes attending the two day camp at Harmon Field in Greenville, Ohio. “We had some phenomenal kids out here that worked hard,” said Matt Light. Camp organizer and former Greenville and Arcanum head football coach Larry Masters was exceptionally pleased with the two-day camp. “Great camp with a good turnout -- I couldn’t be happier. Things went smoothly, the weather cooperated… it all came together this year,’ Masters said. “

Many of the camp’s alumni have continued on to play college football, achieving success not only in football, but also in raising families and success in reaching career goals. “We have some really good coaches and we have some great people show up,” Masters said. “Matt Light is here, we have former players that came through this camp like Bryce Jenkinson and a couple players from Purdue. All that helps bring kids back. “Coming to this camp teaches you about the basics,” said Greenville graduate and current University of Cincinnati linebacker Bryce Jenkinson. “I went through this when I was at the camp learning the defensive parts of the camp - learning about the tackling formations and really getting acquainted with the game. That is where the love of the game starts… when you’re younger.” A Purdue University alumni, Matt had several current Purdue Boilermaker football players instructing at the camp including starting center Robert Kugler.“

This is a free camp offered to the community giving the kids an opportunity to be out with high school coaches, assistant coaches, and guys who have played college ball whether small college or big college. They get to learn basic skills, Matt said - “I think we did pretty well, especially when you talk about short attention spans and two days of being coached up. They were asked to do things, to pick up after themselves, sit here, go there and be quiet now – and they all did awesome. This was just a great camp. ”A huge thank you to Larry Masters and all the coaches who gave their time and expertise to help teach these great kids!! We are so grateful for you!“ Thank you also to our amazing sponsors who made it all happen - Diane Evans, State Farm Agent, Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop, Western Ohio Dental Medicine, Reflections Body Shop, Littman Thomas Agency, Francis Furniture, Whirlpool Corp., Brendas Beanery (Brenda Stump), Snap Fitness, Turtle Creek, LLC, Second National Bank, Randall Insurance, JT's Brew & Grill, R.J. Warner Insurance Agency, Dave Knapp Tire Warehouse, Drew AG Transport, Inc., Jim Gable Insurance Agency, Inc., TXI, Hittle Buick GMC, Inc., Dr. Stephen R. Stentzel, D.D.S., Mercer Savings Bank, Montage Café, G&G Floor Fashions, Inc., Nu-Way Builders, Jon Coomer, Investment Mgmt, Greenville Federal, Wayne Healthcare, Bob Evans Restaurant, Bolyard 's Heating & Cooling, Greenville Daily Advocate, GTI, Greenville City Schools, Greenville National Bank, Spirit Medcal Transport, Staples, TCI, Inc. (Treaty City Industries, Inc.), Hamilton Auto Sales, Red & Ruths Tavern, Loudy's Office Machines, Double M Diner, and Bw3's.

Click Here to Download the 23rd Annual Matt Light/All Conference Football Camp Registration Form!

Greenville Goal Getters:

A program which was created to help kids set fitness goals and meet them. This program gets whole families involved and strengthens both the mind and the body!

Our Greenville Goal Getter program has been meeting on Fridays at our Chenoweth Trails facility for a couple hours of fun and fitness. Pictures below are from a bad weather day where we had to go indoors to The Academy, (a great place we have a partnership with). Our work-out consisted of some stretching, warming-up, running, learning and playing some sports and games. We have played some ultimate frisbee, frisbee golf, foot golf, soccer, dodge-ball and some others. This is a great group of kids with many personalities, making Fridays with this group continuously fun.

Chenoweth Trails Volunteer Group:

This gives people in our community the opportunity to help maintain the property while building relationships, developing work skills and having fun!

YMCA/Play Out Loud Program:

The Light Foundation donated all the equipment to establish the Play Out Loud Program at the TMCA in Darke County, which has dramatically helped many people to chi eve their fitness goals.