The Light Foundation began developing its Chenoweth Trails facility in 2009, adding infrastructure to what was simply a rural 450-acre plot of land located in Darke County, near Greenville, Ohio - Matt Light's hometown.
Now it includes two beautiful environmentally friendly yurt structures for overnights, a timber frame pavilion with an eating and large group meeting area, a new indoor bathroom and kitchen facility as well as a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen/cooking area. The outdoor amphitheater overlooks the brook that winds throughout Chenoweth Trails - perfect for conferences or meetings. We also built a turf field in the middle of the woods for outdoor physical activities. The miles of trails wind all throughout the property offering beautiful scenery for hikes, runs, and races. The pond is great for swimming and fishing or just sitting beside to enjoy a peaceful moment out in nature. There is so much to offer here so consider using it for your family, church, or business function. We would love to see you here!!
2011 ShootOut Video
Below is a video that was shown at the 2012 Shootout that describes more of what the Light Foundation does to help kids and community...
Crosspointe Biker Church Comes to Chenoweth Trails for FUEL Youth/Young Adult Ministries Retreat
On October 24-27, the Crosspointe Biker Church held a Survivor themed Fall Retreat for high school students. Their goal for the weekend: Have fun, fellowship, grow leadership skills and grow spiritually. There were 28 students (13-19 years old), 11 adult leaders, 7 adult logistics (cut wood and set up activities) and 5 band members in attendance. Over the three days they had 4 talks, 9 challenges, and a final worship concert with Crosspointe Worship Band. When asked how the facility met their needs, they responded:
"The facility was great. We thoroughly enjoyed the Chenoweth Trails, especially the outside kitchen and wide open space. We LOVED the dog. He was such an unexpected blessing."
Built from scratch over several years, has grown to include living quarters known as yurts, a state of the art cooking area, outdoor fireplace and firepit, electricity, running water, miles of trails, a pond, outdoor amphitheatre, parking lot, and this year will add an outdoor pavilion and turf field. The Light Foundation is thrilled about the potential for its Chenoweth Trails facility, which it intends to build out and further develop year after year.
Chenoweth Trails plays host to Camp Vohokase, an outdoor cultural leadership camp, which takes at-risk teens and provides them the training, mentoring and support they need to become responsible members of their own communities. It also sponsors youth turkey hunts, and other programs designed to give kids and community members the chance to get outside, take on challenges, and strive for excellence. The Foundation's vision, to support larger nonprofit groups' efforts, has already been realized, by lending out the facility to organizations such as the YMCA, and the Boy Scouts. Chenoweth Trails has also been used for corporate team-building exercises, youth retreats, and church outings. The overnight accommodations make it the perfect place for reunions, class trips, trail races, business meetings and more.