Gilmont invites you to Jamboree
May 12, 2013 | 1696 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Gilmont Community Jamboree will be held Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Birding at day break with Dennis Scott, President of the Tyler Audubon Society).

All are invited to come out and “Explore the Greener Side of Life!” Camp Gilmont, located just northeast of Gilmer on Hwy. 155 North, invites you to step outside for a day of fun.

“Many people we meet from the area have passed Gilmont for years and don’t know who we are,” said Thomas Truitt, camp manager.

“This event welcomes the public to our grounds to participate in camp fun, and to learn about what we offer to the community. We are a great site for summer camps, retreats, conferences, trainings, gatherings and meetings of all types, for any age. So along with the fun we will have tours of the facilities as well,” he said.

Entry is free, and so are most activities, such as canoeing, biking, hiking, planting a tree, fishing, and kids games.

You can bring your own mountain bike and helmet, or use one from camp. If you enjoy playing music, bring your instrument and join in the jam session. Volunteers are also welcome to help out and earn some community service hours. Call Gilmont at 903-797-6400 if you would like to volunteer.

“Our goal is to offer a day of fun that is affordable to families, so most of the activities are free. Several fundraisers will be optional for those who would like to support our Circle of Friends’ ministries, which are retreats for Special Needs children and their families,” said James Hilliard, program director.

For $10, take a zip-line ride, or tie die a T-shirt for $5. Donations will be accepted for food (hotdogs and munchies).

Gilmont staff asks that you RSVP with number of participants, by going online or calling.

Parent permission is required for minors for some activities. More details and a downloadable required release form are posted at

Click “Events” and click “Jamboree” for more information and the forms.
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John Melvin Dodd
May 06, 2013
I would love to attend this because it sounds as if it will be a great day at Gilmont. However, I have some Scout training all day in Tyler, so I won't be able to come.