Tuesday, March 2, 2021

THEY CAME! ...THEY PADDLED! .....THEY WENT THE DISTANCE!

Originally sold out and planned for the beginning of February we had to switch the dates of our annual PADDLE PROWL Kayaking & Island Camping Trip to the end of February due to inclement weather. 15 people originally signed up, but only 4 were able to switch to the new dates (including me).
  
We had a blast! It was perfect weather!! It was a tough challenge! And we had a fun crew that completed the quest!
  
Over 2 days we circumnavigated 10 miles around Caladesi Island (which is one of the top rated beaches in the nation). Part of the adventure included overnight camping on a small nearby spoil island. It was a great trip and the 4 of us bonded very quickly.
  
I would wish this trip upon everyone!! It's not only a beautiful destination, but a very satisfying physical challenge. 
  
Thank you Kirsten, Jenifer, & David for coming on your first GTD trip and helping make this an instant classic!! We are looking forward to many more adventures with you guys!
  
And special thanks to Dennis McCormick for helping me pack the day before this event and Jason Motte for helping me distribute gear and help our participants get geared up on the morning of Day 1! Your help blessed me & the crew so much!!































  
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God-awesome adventures since 1996!
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Friday, February 26, 2021

30 NEW SLEEPING COTS! ...& 30 NEW FITTED SHEETS! ....THANK YOU GENEROUS DONORS!!!

 

Our small army of amazing donors recently helped us raise over $105k!! It is a new GTD record and has put us in a healthy position to replace aging camp gear.
  
As you may remember, earlier this month we were able to purchase 30 new tents to replace our old leaky tents!! I'm just as thrilled to share with you that we scored a good deal on 30 new cots @ $30 per cot and 30 new fitted sheets @ $6.65 per sheet. For a grand total of around $1100 we just improved the quality of camp life exponentially for our campers! 
  
We learned a long time ago that a good night's sleep is crucial to be able to participate in a full day of physically demanding adventures as well as to prevent sleep deprivation for the bus & van drivers. Getting them up off the ground and onto a cot helps immensely and it helps keep the tent organized since each camper can store their personal items under the cot. Add an inflatable pad, a camp pillow, a good sleeping bag, & a full day of activities and it's off to lala land for a great night of slumber!
  
We usually get about 7 years out of our cots so we are looking at a cost breakdown on average of about $160 per year for 30 new cots & sheets. This is a great camp experience investment into our participants! We don't want our participants to just barely survive their camp experience and never come back. We say no to "one and done"! We want our participants to be eager to want to come back and do another GTD adventure!! The better the experience then the better likelihood that they will return!
  
Our special thanks to everyone who donated to GTD over the past few months!! Your funds are making a difference! God bless you wonderful donors!!
  
  
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ...EVERY MONTH ON THE 25th ....WITH 1 FREE GIVEAWAY!!

 

On the 25th of every month in 2021 GTD is doing a giveaway on my (Doug) personal Facebook page to celebrate our 25th year of ministry. 
   
This month we just gave away this new Field & Stream Sportsman 2L Hydration Pack to the first person to leave a comment with the year that GTD first started.
   
Congratulations to Lori DeSantis for winning this month's giveaway!! And congratulations to Kyle Johnson for winning last month's giveaway!!
   
Thanks for playing! See you again in a month!!
  
  
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

IGNITE is SOLD OUT!



 QUICK EVENT UPDATES:
   (1) IGNITE is SOLD OUT!
   (2) SLAMMED is ALMOST SOLD OUT
   (3) This weekend's PADDLE PROWL has 4 spots remaining
   (4) We have about 10 spots available for LIQUID
  
We've added a Waiting List Form to the IGNITE website link for anyone who wants to be informed if a spot becomes available.
  
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God-awesome adventures since 1996!
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Friday, February 19, 2021

EVENT UPDATES... Paddle Prowl, Ignite, & Slammed

 EVENT UPDATES...
  
<> PADDLE PROWL ($25) (Feb 27-28) HAS 5 SPOTS AVAILABLE
     - 5 participants had to cancel when we postponed the trip due to poor weather conditions.
     - Details & Registration
  
<> IGNITE ($25) (March 5-7) HAS 20 SPOTS REMAINING
     - 30 participants have already reserved & paid
     - Details & Registration
  
<> SLAMMED ($25) (June 30 - July 4) HAS 20 SPOTS REMAINING
     - 30 participants have already reserved & paid
     - Details & Registration
  
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A few weeks ago we had to postpone our Paddle Prowl Kayaking & Island Camping Trip from the beginning of February to the end of February due to inclement weather. Unfortunately the new date didn't work for half of our participants so we now have 5 spots available if anyone wants to join us on the this really cool adventure in Dunedin, Florida!
  
We've gotten a great response for our IGNITE Retreat & SLAMMED Adventure Trip. We anticipate selling out on both of these events so if you really want to go on either of these events then you'll want to register as soon as possible!!
  
Have a great weekend! We hope to see you on one of our upcoming outdoor adventures!!
  
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Monday, February 15, 2021

30 NEW TENTS! THANK YOU DONORS!!! ...GTD IS AN "IN-TENTS" MINISTRY ;)




  
I can't thank our amazing donors & Ministry Partners enough for the outpouring of support you have blessed us with over the past 14 weeks. I'm thrilled to let you know that your donations have enabled us to purchase 30 new tents!!! 
  
We typically need to replace our tents after 2 years, but have been patching, tarping, & reapplying silicon waterproof spray to the rainflies in order to stretched the last batch of tents to 5 years. We also prayed a lot for clear weather (LOL!). The last batch of tents had completed their mission several times over. The poles were sagging. The rainflies were leaking. They had been called out of retirement too many times. And now we bid them a fond farewell! Thank you for your service! Enjoy your final retirement!! 
  
And now we welcome our next batch of tents! 
  - 10 new Coleman 8-person Skydome Tents
  - 10 new Coleman 4-person Highline Tents
  - 10 new Coleman 2-person Hooligan Tents
  
I've been taking advantage of some great sales so that we get the most bang for the buck. We were able to purchase all 30 tents for $2000!
  
We are getting ready to kick off our 2021 spring retreat season followed by our summer adventure season. It's so great to know that we will be supplying new tents to our participants!
  
Just as important, with COVID still a factor, we are able to pull in our other backpacking tents & cocoon hammocks so that we can offer up to 50 individual tents to 50 individual participants (or family units) so they can safely social dis"tents" instead of sharing a tent with someone else.
  
We are so thankful for the small army of donors that strongly supports GTD! Thank you all so much! God bless you!
  
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Celebrating 25 years of God-awesome adventures!
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Friday, February 12, 2021

NEVER BEFORE... AND NEVER AGAIN... 5-DAY SLAMMED ADVENTURE TRIP IN NC FOR ONLY $25!!!


CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF MINISTRY WITH GREAT DEALS! 
  
I'm so happy to share some more big news! We are providing this year's SLAMMED Adventure Trip for ONLY $25 per person!! This is the event that started it all way back in 1996 and 25 years later we are celebrating by offering our favorite event at one of our favorite group campsites for only $25 =). 
  
This is just one more way we are thanking our participants, donors, and supporters for 25 years of God-awesome ministry!
  
This event is limited to 75 people so you'll want to register in advance to lock in your spot.
  
 
 
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Friday, February 5, 2021

1 MONTH TILL IGNITE!!! ...2 Days / 2 Nights = ONLY $25!!!

 
OUR 25th YEAR MEANS BIG DISCOUNTS!!
    
Get ready for a steady stream of God-awesome news from your favorite Christ-centered fun-loving adventure ministry!!
    
One of our fan favorite events is just 4 weeks away!! Join us on this fUntastic retreat!!
    
COST: Only $25!! Celebrating 25 Years!!
DATE: March 5-7, 2021 (Fri night - Sunday)
LOCATION: Word of Life (Hudson, FL)
    
ACCOMMODATIONS: Tent Camping including Nice Restrooms & Warm Showers  
    
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:  Camping, Daily Devotions, High Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Zipline. Low Ropes Course / Team Building, Team Sports (such as volleyball, ultimate, basketball) Camp Games, Swimming Pool, Nightly Campfires, Bible-Based Messages, Smores, Outdoor Movie (with family friendly editing)  
    
ADD-ON OPTIONS (EXTRA COSTS):  
<> Paintball.... Add $30/person
<> Bunkhouse Cabins.... Add $15/night per person
    
For more details and/or to register go to the IGNITE website
    
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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

CHECK 'EM OFF THE LIST! ...CHECK, CHECK, CHECK, CHECK & CHECK-A-ROONEY!

 

January is always a busy month for non-profits. Legally, we have several things that have to be completed by Jan 31st. And I'm happy to say that we completed all of our requirements and more =).
   
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W2’s - DONE!
W3 - DONE!
Quarterly Report - DONE!
Donation Receipts mailed out - DONE!
Newsletter mailed out - DONE!
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Bring on February =) 
   
Going The Distance Adventure Ministry, Inc
Celebrating 25 years of God-awesome adventures!
 
 
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Monday, February 1, 2021

PADDLE PROWL IS SOLD OUT!

 


This weekend's GTD kayaking & island camping event is sold out, but if you want to be added to on our "waiting list" in case someone cancels then go ahead and register on our Paddle Prowl website and we will keep you updated.
   
CLICK HERE for the Paddle Prowl link
  
  
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GTD RAISES $105,000 (AND MORE)!! ...ALONG WITH MATERIAL DONATIONS AND SAVED EXPENSES = $135,000!!! OUR GREATEST FUNDRAISING SEASON EVER!! GLORY TO GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Yesssssssssssss!!!! You did it again! We did it again! HE DID IT AGAIN!!!! As you already know October 1st through January 31st is fundraising season for GTD. Our goal, like last year, was to raise $100,000. All glory to God, I’m thrilled to announce that GTD has raised $105,000 (AND MORE!) in just 3 months!! We received notice of a grant along with a few more generous donations during our final week of fundraising to put us over the goal line! In fact, that sets a new fundraising record for GTD! WOW!! This is such a BIG DEAL to us! Think about this... in the middle of a worldwide pandemic in uncertain economic times and without a fundraising banquet YOU helped us exceed our fundraising goal AND SET A NEW FUNDRAISING RECORD OF $105,000 (AND MORE)!!! “What’s the AND MORE”, you may be asking. Well, if raising $105k wasn’t amazing enough, GTD also received a 2008 Ford Super Duty F250, a 40 ft shipping container, 2 handmade wooden kayaks, a gas powered golf cart, and didn’t need to spend the $5000 required to run an in-person banquet. That all adds up to another $30,000 in material donations and savings. WOW!!! Praise the Lord!! You guys keep blowing us away!! God keeps flooring us!! We keep dropping our jaws!!
  
Here’s the math: $64k in one-time donations + $41k in monthly pledges over the next 12 months = $105k + $25k in supplies + $5k not spent = $135k!!!!
  
THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE!!!! 
  
One of the greatest joys of being involved in a non-profit organization is the opportunity to say THANK YOU to the generous and amazing people that God uses to build & propel this ministry. I learned a long time ago that God’s method is people. He could choose a million other ways to share the gospel or to supply the resources needed to build a ministry, but His first choice is to work through mankind for mankind. We think that is pretty special which means we think you are pretty special! 
  
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so so so so so much for obeying God’s prompting and investing in & contributing to this ministry!! God is using you to change lives!
  
May God bless you 100 fold for blessing this ministry!!!!
  
What a way to kick off our 25th year of ministry!!! Thank You Jesus!!!
  
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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Status Report: Mom

 
We just passed the 4 week mark since Mom's hard fall. She continues to heal well. Her ribs are almost back to normal and her left arm is much better. Traci & I are taking turns staying by her side 24/7. We are shadowing her like Secret Service Agents. Over the last 30 days we've counted 15 falls that we caught her from hitting the ground. So that's about 1 every 2 days which feels somewhat rare when you're next to someone 16 hours during the daytime and in the next room for another 8 hours at nighttime. We have bells on her bed rails so that we wake up when she tries to get up at night to go to the bathroom. Every few days she sleeps through the night, but most nights she has to go to the bathroom at midnight, 3am, & 6am. Dad is always up with her too when she gets up for her bathroom runs. So we all meet in the bathroom to have a party in the potty LOL! Although Dad has his own ailments and isn't able to hold her up or react fast enough when she stumbles he is always chipper in the morning to help elevate the moral and then spends the morning making hot tea for Mom as well as breakfast, lunch, & dinner the rest of the day for all of us. Staying by her side 24/7 has been our short term fall prevention plan. It's very hard on our personal schedules and responsibilities. Traci & I basically sprint from our parent's house back to our own house and try to get our own work done before we turn around and come back to the folks. We are experimenting with the time frames. Right now we are switching out with each other every 48 hours. Next week we are trying every 24 hours. We are trying to figure out a sustainable long term plan. With Mom's Alzheimer's it makes it impossible to change or modify behavior (such as getting her to use a walker, etc) because she immediately forgets anything that she needs to adjust in order to prevent a fall. She pretty much lives according to the habits she has developed over a lifetime. It's a very interesting and fascinating aspect to this part of our journey. Her short term memory is down to about 30 seconds and you don't realize how crucial short term memory is to functionality until it's gone. So sitting down and having a discussion about making slight changes or adjustments is immediately forgotten within 1 minute. She doesn't remember that she fell 4 weeks ago so she doesn't understand why we are giving her so much attention. But she does laugh a lot and make light of all the special attention she is receiving. It's a total team effort and we are doing the best we can to try to prevent the ripple effect that often happens when elderly people fall (broken hip then hospitalization then pneumonia then funeral). She turns 90 in 6 weeks! She would kill me for sharing that (or any of this), but we think she looks fantastic and she has stayed so healthy for so many years from all of her walking & vegetarian diet... I just have to brag on her a little bit. She's an awesome Mom! Thanks for lifting her & us up in prayer whenever you think of it. We have so much to celebrate in Jesus!


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Monday, January 25, 2021

GTD RECEIVES DONATION OF GAS POWERED GOLF CART FROM OUR DEAR FRIEND JERRY MULLINS!!

One of my Dad's best friends - Jerry Mullins - has donated his heavy duty gas powered golf cart from Mullins Enterprises to GTD!! Jerry Mullins has been a great friend and supporter of this ministry for many yearsg. He and my Dad (Jerry Garner) are best of friends and are known as, "The Jerry's". Jerry Mullins is one of the greatest & most generous guys I've ever met. He is always eager to find a way to help & serve others in a practical way. And this is such a practical donation to GTD! We've needed a golf cart for years to help out in the running of camp, especially for our older volunteers. This is the PERFECT gift for GTD that we will get many years of great use of! From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU SO MUCH JERRY MULLINS!! God bless you for all the ways you've blessed and propelled this ministry over the years!! You're a great friend to my Dad and GTD!!!




CELEBRATING OUR 25th w/ GIVEAWAYS ON THE 25th OF EVERY MONTH IN 2021!

 
  
Every month on the 25th in 2021 GTD is going to be having a giveaway as one of the ways we celebrate 25 years of ministry! 
  
To participate simply go to Doug's personal Facebook profile and look for this giveaway picture and follow the instructions for your chance at winning a cool GTD item!
  
https://www.facebook.com/doug.garner.adventure.man
   
Have fun and thanks for supporting GTD!!!
  
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Friday, January 22, 2021

MAKE A LONG TERM IMPACT >>> ADOPT-A-NEED! ...HERE'S OUR TOP GEAR NEEDS FOR 2021!!

 

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TOP GEAR NEEDED & COSTS
(& PROJECTED LIFESPAN BEFORE NEEDING TO BE REPLACED)
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NEEDS:
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- 10 New Tents = $1500 (2 year lifespan)
- 30 New Cots = $1000 (7 year lifespan)
- 30 New Camp Chairs = $300 (2 year lifespan)
- 2 New Rappelling Ropes = $300 total (4 year lifespan)
- Rock Climbing Hardware = $750 total (4 year lifespan)
- 30-40 ft Rock Climbing Wall (in my backyard to train guides) = $1000 (15+ year lifespan)
- New Outdoor Movie Projector, Screen, & DVD Player / Electronics = $1000 (10 year lifespan)
- Convert 40 ft Shipping Container to new GTD Office & Storage = approximately $5,000 (20+ year lifespan)
- 2 New Large Canopies for Meals = $450 (10 year lifespan)
  
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LOVE TO ADD-ON THIS YEAR:
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- New Enclosed Trailer = $4500 (20 year lifespan)
- 10 New Paddleboards (New Activity) = $3500 (10 year lifespan)
- Tree Climbing Gear (New Activity) = approximately $2500 (10 year lifespan)
- Fishing Gear for 20 people = ???
- 30 New modern-day "Inner Tubes" = $1500 (7 year lifespan)
  
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"WISH LIST":
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- Pre-Owned Pontoon Boat & 2 Wave Runners = approximately $20,000 (10 year lifespan)
- Inflatables (water slides & bounce house sort of things) (New Activity) = approximately $7500
  
Adopting a need is a great way to make a longterm impact in young people's lives through GTD. Running camps and recreational activities isn't cheap, but GTD does it as inexpensively as possible without compromising quality or safety. 
  
If you would like to adopt-a-need then simply comment below, call our office, email us, or make a donation stating what you want the funds to be used for. It's that easy!
  
GTD Contact Information:
- Office phone: 727-394-9483 (1-888-697-2479)
- Email: info@goingthedistance.org
- Online Donations: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/payments-donations.html
- Mail-In Donations: GTD, PO Box 7523, Seminole, FL 33775
  
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUPPORTING GTD!!!
  
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! ...TEMPORARY KAYAK RACKS DONE!

 




Carson brought over a couple of great volunteers from Indian Rocks Christian School and we were able to clean most of the swamp backpacking gear and complete the temporary kayak racks! 
  
We are able to hold 28 kayaks (and more) on these 2 racks... now that's a lot of yak consolidation!!
  
The year of COVID minimized our ability to utilize volunteers so it felt great to have some more hands on deck =). Thank you so much Logan & "Nebraska"!! You are a blessing to GTD =)
  
  
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