"They're gonna do it," Hunter said. "They're locked up. They're gonna do it." He felt lightly for his shotgun as he kept his eyes glued to the sky. His fingers touched the cold steel and his hand slid around the stock. His father blew another series of feeding chuckles and then let the calls rest on his chest, dangling from the band-laden lanyard. Hunter's black lab, Flash, sat motionless on the dock just outside the blind, his thick coat sleek and beautiful in the early morning sun. Hunter had been admiring the dog when Flash tensed up and looked skyward. The ducks made one final swing and Hunter's father gave the signal, "Take 'em."
Hunter watched as the squirrels chased each other from tree to tree while his dog, Flash, looked on intently, waiting on Hunter to loosen up on his collar. Hunter had recently graduated from high school where he was a star athlete and a good student. He put a lot of time into sports and a fair amount into his studies, but Hunter's true passion hung solidly, like a well-built ladder stand, in the outdoors.
Heritage Quest Merit ProgramBy Hunter Worth
Build a wood duck box, earn a badge. Find sustainable habitat to hang the box, earn another. Like conservation, the opportunities for our youth at Heritage Quest to earn badges are limitless.
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At Heritage Quest, the mentors are not only teachers, but also students. In life, we are forever learning. The knowledge of our elder mentors will trickle down through the ranks of junior mentors and then on to the kids.
"Hunt Of A Lifetime" is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grant hunting & fishing dreams for children age 21 and under, who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. We are doing what we can to make a difference in their life, a dream come true. But we need your help, we are looking for people interested in helping the kids live their dreams, without you, we can't give them the dreams they so desire.
Student Outdoor Experience (SOE) educates the Next Generation and gives them the life skills they need to be great role models and leaders. We use our passion and the backdrop of fishing, hunting and the outdoors to teach students lessons related to character, integrity and vision. This is done with a focus to preserve our heritage. At SOE we never feel like we "go to work" because our work is our love and passion. That passion is to see students become ALL they were created to be. We want them to become great leaders of homes, families, communities and the outdoors.
Kids Hunting For a Cure is a non-profit organization which provides financial support to research hospitals/foundations dedicated to developing cures for cancer and childhood diseases. Monies are raised by children and adults through community-sponsored outdoor events designed for youth.
An unforgettable experience, a real accomplishment, something to be proud of for the rest of your life; an Outward Bound course will be all that and more. Our courses designed specifically for teens deliver leadership skills and achievement and provide each student with an opportunity for success. Whether you're rafting in Utah, paddling canoes in Minnesota, or climbing mountains in Colorado, the wilderness can teach you skills that will become lifelong tools.
Recognized as the most comprehensive youth hunting program anywhere in North America, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) is NRA's "graduate studies" program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters. Open only to those who have completed hunter-safety training at the state or provincial level, the program is conducted under simulated hunting conditions to provide the best practical environment for reinforcing and testing a young hunter's skills.
Sierra Club's Building Bridges to the Outdoors (BBTO) project is committed to a future where all youth have the opportunity to get outdoors. We have seen how direct nature experiences have shaped the lives of young people, opening doors they always thought were permanently closed. Research also suggests that outdoor education can improve self-esteem, raise test scores, and help kids lead healthier lives. These benefits are invaluable in a world where the pressures in children's lives are varied and increasing.
The mission of the AMC's Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) is to make the outdoors accessible and meaningful to urban and at-risk youth. YOP operates as a resource center for youth agencies throughout the Northeast, teaching youth workers the skills they need to independently take their youth outdoors.
Northland Adventure Education & Therapy Center, Inc. is a fully-insured, not-for-profit organization (501c3 recognition pending) dedicated to facilitating the growth of individuals and organizations through adventure-based programming. It is our belief that the future of our world hinges upon the successful instruction of youth and adults in community involvement, global awareness, environmental sustainability, educational opportunity, and somatic healing. We seek to foster experiences that will expand an individual's own awareness of self and empower them to be successful as a force of change in our world. These ideas are instituted through the vehicles of alternative education schooling, domestic and international expedition-based travel, adventure-based somatic therapy, and industry development and promotion.
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The 976-Tuna Youth Fishing Program Seeks to provide children in Southern California with the opportunity to experience the wonders of saltwater sport fishing. Though an introduction to the sport, the program hopes to instill in children a sense of appreciation of the wonders of nature as encountered on the Pacific Ocean along the coast of Southern California.
One of the fastest growing youth related movements across the country are High School fishing clubs!
The Bass Federation, the nation's oldest and largest organized grassroots fishing organization, is leading the way with the development of the Student Angler Federation.