Camp Helen’s Evolution – A Tale That Begins with a Stranded Schooner

Real estate entrepreneur Gary R. Gibbs lives on the Emerald Coast in the middle of what can only be described as an outdoors man’s paradise. A resident of Niceville, Florida, Gary R. Gibbs lives some 40 miles away from Camp Helen State Park, one of the areas hidden jewels.

Camp Helen State Park’s modern story began in the 1800s after a Native American attack on a stranded schooner. Early in the century, local lore reported that the schooner was led by a man with the name Phillips although sources do not specify whether it was his first or last name. The sole survivor of the attack-also unknown-contributed to naming the location Phillip’s Inlet on Lake Powell.

Sometime after the 1900s, the area would become developed after residents would find the area attractive to this cozy spot. By the 1920s, the McCaskill Investment Co. in nearby Defuniak Springs would begin developing the Inlet Beach Hotel near Camp Helen’s current location, but the project would not be completed because of the untimely demise of the company’s owner. Instead, the family turned the lodge into the family home until it was sold in the early 1940s.

However, Camp Helen would not come into being until 1945 when the Avondale Mills, a cotton manufacturer, purchased it to use as a camp for its employees. After moving from its original location at Tyndall Air Force Base, the new Camp Helen featured duplexes and a recreation hall, and later in the 1950s, a fishing pier was added. Here, employees could boat, fish, play volleyball and basketball, and engage in a host of mostly outdoor activities.

In 1996, Florida purchased the park, opening it 1997 as a state park. Today, visitors can have an amalgam of experiences such as fishing, hiking the inlet, paddling, etc. Ultimately, the secluded, green area makes for a great place to picnic, relax, and regroup.

The Link between PTS and Veteran Suicide

Real estate developer Gary R. Gibbs is involved with his local church board and is a long-time supporter of numerous charities. Gary R. Gibbs is affiliated with the nonprofit, 22Kill, a national organization focused on increasing awareness around veteran suicide and mental health.

As reflected in the organization’s name, approximately 22 veterans take their own lives every day. While there are many reasons why returning military members can develop suicidal ideation, including difficulty adjusting to civilian life or social isolation, post-traumatic stress (PTSD) is a leading risk factor.

Veterans can develop PTSD due to intense combat experience that led to a severe injury. PTSD is also associated with strong feelings of guilt based on actions taken during combat. Without treatments, symptoms of PTSD, such as vivid flashbacks of traumatic memories can increase the likelihood that a veteran will experience suicidal ideation. Treating PTSD through various therapeutic approaches can help veterans develop essential coping skills and reduce suicide rates.

Millennials’ Home-Buying Preferences

Gary R. Gibbs founded his multi-million dollar real estate and property development firm in 1974. Throughout his career, Gary R. Gibbs has developed diverse types of real estate, including commercial buildings, multi-family units, and single-family properties.

In recent years, one of the largest segments purchasing single-family properties have been millennials, who range between 22 and 39 years of age. While high student loan debt and other financial constraints have delayed most of the millennials’ entry into homeownership, many are now in more advanced stages of their careers and earning more money.

This group’s preferences will have a profound effect on the real estate market. For example, millennials are more likely to choose a home that allows for a convenient commute. They are also more likely to conduct their home search and interact with real estate agents online. Overall, millennials prefer detached homes. However, townhouses are more popular with younger millennials than any other demographic.

What Is the Role of a Church Board?

Real estate developer, licensed pilot, and outdoor enthusiast Gary R. Gibbs has contributed to fundraising efforts for charitable organizations based in the United States and around the world. Gary R. Gibbs also has served on local private school boards and his church board.

Since churches are tax-exempt, they must have a board, according to IRS regulations. Board members are tasked with monitoring the church’s financial donations and ensuring that the church is in compliance with all nonprofit rules. Church boards also provide financial oversight by developing the church’s budget and authorizing major expenses, such as salaries.

The most effective church boards are made up of congregation members from diverse backgrounds and professional experiences. Board members should work alongside church leaders to develop strategic plans that reflect the church’s mission. Board members should also be prepared to address sensitive situations, such as allocating money to programs and managing potential conflicts of interest.

What to Do When a Dog Barks Excessively

With more than 45 years of experience in real estate development, construction executive Gary R. Gibbs builds both affordable housing and luxury apartments. One of Gary R. Gibbs’ other interests is dog training.

Barking is natural for dogs. However, when barking becomes a nuisance, dog owners should train their animals to control the barking.

Experts say there are many reasons for excessive barking, including boredom and separation issues. While there is no one-size-fits-all way to stop excessive barking, experts offer a few suggestions.

First, dogs need sufficient physical and mental exercise. Develop the habit of taking regular exercise with the dog, such as walking with the animal every morning.

Second, let the dog socialize with other people and dogs. Let it become accustomed to seeing the mailman, the neighbor in a wheelchair, and kids riding bikes.

Third, train the dog to become familiar with sounds in the home, such as the radio and TV. When the owner leaves the house, the dog is less likely to bark when it hears these familiar sounds.

Fourth, the dog needs to learn the “quiet” command. Using a calm but firm voice, tell the dog to be quiet when it barks.

22KILL Works to Raise Awareness of Military Suicides

Real estate and construction professional Gary R. Gibbs has developed thousands of single-family homes, apartments, and hotels. Additionally, Gary R. Gibbs contributes to charities such as 22KILL, a nonprofit that offers interventions to prevent suicide among active and retired members of the military.

The 22KILL organization wants to encourage a society in which people are free to show their emotions, whether positive or negative. In our culture, people hide their emotions, especially fear, pain, and despair. However, 22KILL wants everyone to remember that emotions are natural, and ignoring them is inhuman. Unmasking our emotions allows people to understand each other, which is important in dealing with our triumphs and traumas.

The 22KILL organization maintains that suicide and post-traumatic stress can affect anyone, regardless of gender, age, or social status. Post-traumatic stress is a manifestation of an emotional state of mind that generally involves traumatic life experiences.

Data from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs in 2012 says that 22 military members take their lives every day. The 22KILL organization works to increase awareness of that number.

Service Dog Training Programs for Veterans

Gary R. Gibbs has been in the real estate and construction industry for more than 45 years. Outside of his professional success, Gary R. Gibbs engages in philanthropic endeavors including involvement with his local church board and the inclusive sports organization, the Miracle League. He has also contributed to the organization 22Kill, which aims to expand programs that promote the mental health and well-being of veterans and first responders.

Animal-assisted therapy is an effective approach for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. For this reason, many veteran’s health organizations have established dog training programs. Some programs match veterans with screened canines, while others may accept pets that can pass temperament requirements.

In either case, participants work closely with professional trainers to teach their dog the skills and commands needed to perform as a service dog. Taking responsibility for the dog and building up a trusting relationship can reduce the severity of PTSD symptoms. Service dogs are also trained to perform tasks that can help veterans feel more at ease such as alerting them when a person is approaching.

Tips for Training Rescue Dogs

Seasoned real estate developer Gary R. Gibbs possesses more than four decades of experience building and managing a diverse property portfolio. Beyond his expertise in property development, Gary R. Gibbs has an interest in dog training approaches.

After adoption, many rescue dogs must be taught basic skills for living in a home environment. Dog owners must be consistent and patient to see progress, especially in older dogs. It is best to begin training in a familiar space with minimal distractions, such as the living room or private backyard.

Owners should encourage the dog to comply with training by offering desirable treats or a favorite toy. Training can be mentally exhausting for dogs, so sessions should be short and only occur when the dog has energy. Once the dog is comfortable in its new home and has mastered important commands such as come or lie down, owners can start to take their pet to group training sessions or a dog park.

Three Common Dog-Training Approaches

Gary R. Gibbs studies dog training techniques. His dog, gunner is fourth Labrador retrievers that he has owned. He and his family have always treated these dogs as family.

In the past few years, a better understanding of dog behavior has led to the emergence of diverse approaches to dog training. The most popular styles include:

– Dominance training. This method is based on the theory that dogs must view the trainer as the pack leader. Trainers may require the dog to respond to a command before it receives a treat, is fed, or is taken for a walk.

– Positive reinforcement. Trainers who use this approach immediately reward the dog for wanted behaviors. Since negative behaviors do not result in a treat, the dog eventually ceases these actions.

– Relationship-based training. Some dog owners prefer to adapt a specific training approach to their dog’s temperament. In addition to teaching the dog commands, owners set up their pet for success by tailoring the environment to reduce problem behaviors.

The Origins of Dog Training

Niceville, Florida resident Gary R. Gibbs founded Cambridge Associated Real Estate, LLC in 1974 and has since overseen the development of thousands of housing units. Gary R. Gibbs enjoys several personal interests, including golfing, hunting, and dog training.

Before World War I, most dogs were considered members of the family and had jobs including herding livestock, providing protection, and removing vermin from the homes they lived in. However, they were not being formally trained during this period. During WWI, many dogs began to be formally trained for assisting servicemen. At this time, the belief that only alpha dogs could stand up to the rigors of intense compulsion training was formed.

Once WWI was over, military trainers who were discharged played a role in promoting the idea that punishment was an acceptable way to train dogs. It was then that the idea of obedience training for the family dog by using punishment quickly gained popularity.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) introduced the competition obedience training to America in the 1930s yet continued to use compulsion training methods. In the 1980s, as a result of research on wolves, dog training was increasingly focused on using dominance. By the 1990s, operant conditioning and the use of positive reinforcement began to gain credibility with owners and trainers causing a shift away from the previous training methods that focused on negative reinforcement and domination.