Out there somewhere there needs to be...no there has to be a wilderness theme park for conservation, habitat and all outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing and shooting. A place where new skills are learned and wisdom passed on. Where youth and adults alike connect with their heritage and their environment, while embarking on a quest to become better outdoorsmen.
Our story is built around three youth counselors working at the ultimate wilderness park ---Heritage Quest. The mentoring relationship between the park manager and staff of area Rangers, helps our youth counselors develop lesson plans to teach younger kids about habitat, conservation, and outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and shooting.
Hunter Worth...His story coming soon.
GO Youth pin points Source of Earthquakes
Haint Gobble Call Rocks The World
By Sam Hall
Wilderness, USA: Today at Heritage Quest wilderness camp, GO Youth councilor, Hunter Worth, pointed to the final resting place of ol' Joe the turkey hunter as the source of quakes felt across the region. Per Hunter, we were up Cemetery Hill overlooking HQ headquarters just admiring the run of gobbles that rolled up the hill from the training center below. We knew Eddie Salter and Jim Martin of GO Game Calls were dueling to perfection on two of the "Haint" gobble calls from Down N Dirty Outdoors.
Introducing Hunter Worth: Chapter Two
Duck Hunting with Flash
By Josh Wolfe
"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."
Introducing Hunter Worth: Chapter One
By Josh Wolfe
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.
GO Youth Spotlight on Turkey Valley Trap Team
Turkey Valley Trap Team
By Henry LangreckJackson Junction, Iowa: With only 435 students k-12 in our rural school, we were able to start a trap shooting team. We are expecting 20 students to sign up for our very first year!
I teach you, You teach me, WE LEARN TOGETHER
By Hunter Worth
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.
Chip off the Ol' Block!
A Bowhunter's Legacy By Kevin Reese
We snuck around the outcropping of mesquites then froze in our tracks. I looked back at my huntin' buddy and put my finger to my lips. Shhhh. Slowly pushing through the briars brought us to a clearing where our prey its destiny. My buddy stayed behind me, holding onto my shirt to keep his balance. I steadied my bow and came to full draw. I could feel my buddy's excitement building as he wringed the back of my shirt. Thwack! The jackrabbit ran frantically through the briars but escape was futile; he piled up a short 15 yards away. I turned and fell to my knees as my buddy rushed in for a high-five, "Congrats, dad!" The hug that followed was a reminder of one of few bigger-than-life reasons we fight so fiercely to protect our outdoor heritage.
Selecting A Youth Rifle
By Bob Humphrey
There are many rewarding aspects to being a parent but one of the biggest for me was being able to introduce my kids to hunting. They started, like most kids, plinking with .22s, then graduated, first to a .410, then to a 20 gauge shotgun. When it came time to hunt big game, I needed a rifle.
From the beginning of time farmers and hunters have been the members of society called to provide food for others. FHFH invites hunters to return to their heritage as 'food providers' in the modern world.
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 Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with the common interest in expanding the number and quality of opportunities for children, youth and families to connect with the outdoors.
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.
"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.