For many decades, Marion Elio, a resident at Crosby Commons, has wanted to go on a camping trip. She joined the Girl Scouts as a young lady, and her troop planned a camp out in 1939 at the Ninety Acres campground in Bridgeport. As Elio and her fellow troops were setting up camp, Elio got injured. She was filling her glass bottle with water from the well, she fell, and the glass bottle broke and cut her hand. Her injury required stitches, so she was unable to participate in the camp out. Elio often thinks back to that day and missing that fun night. Her \u201cJourney of Dreams\u201d came true when staff came together to recreate a camping experience for her. \u201cIt made me think of the past and it took me back to my young, young life,\u201d said Elio. Kelly Coppola, activities director at Crosby, wanted to create a special camp out for Elio to enjoy and relive that moment from 80 years ago that she missed. \u201cBeing able to recreate this memory for Marion filled my heart with pure happiness,\u201d said Coppola. \u201cShe and I have developed a nice friendship here at Crosby.\u201d The evening was described as beautiful, with a clear sky. Residents gathered around a fire pit on the back patio, with s\u2019mores, ice cream and other delicious treats, said a press release that recounted the event. \u201cThere was a wonderful guitar performance as residents sat under the stars and enjoyed the bonfire, and they were joined by Shelton Daisy Troop 60481. The girls shared their stories and a special bond with Elio over the campfire and sweet treats.\u201d \u201cThe Girl Scouts were fun to watch,\u201d said Elio, \u201cand they had a great time dancing around the fire.\u201d These special moments make Crosby\u2019s Journey of Dreams program so meaningful, the press release said. \u201cOur residents experience outings and unique life instances that help them live out ambitions they never thought they could achieve.\u201d \u201cOne of the best parts of my job is sharing and listening to the residents\u2019 life stories,\u201d said Coppola. \u201cEven on our busiest of days, we must take time to listen. Something as simple as a missed camping trip. It was a sad fact she had thought about her whole life. I am blessed to have been able to flip that sad memory and put a smile on her face and in her heart.\u201d The Wesley Village Campus is located at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton and includes Crosby Commons Independent\/Assisted Living Community, Wesley Heights Independent\/Assisted Living Community, Lifestyle Transitions Assisted Living\/Memory Support Community, and Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center. The campus is owned and operated by UMH, a local, mission-based, not-for-profit organization.