Outback Outdoors Goes Camping

I just returned from my second year working with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s kids camp put on at Jack Creek Preserve in Ennis Montana. This year surpassed last year with 58 kids attending. Once again I was given the task of teaching archery and hunting to these future torch carriers. The area where we put on the camp is over 5000 acres of pristine Montana heaven.

The weather was perfect, sunny and temperatures in the 80’s with night time low’s in the 40’s. Keeping track of all these kids could not be done with out the volunteers who help cook, teach and mentor all these youngsters. I look forward to this camp every year.

The kids go through a number of work stations which last 90 minutes each. From trail building to conservation to fly tying and photography. An over night hiking/camping trip and archery as well as hunting 101. Most of these kids have never shot a bow before coming to the camp and this year over half of the kids brought their own bows. It is a great way to help grow the sport and teach conservation and responsibility.

This kids camp is four days long but flies by for all the volunteers. Everyone participates in a big bon fire on the last evening and on the last day we put on a big 3 D archery challenge. We break the kids up based on their experience level and some great prizes are awarded for all the top winners.

I want to thank all of the sponsors who donate some great prizes and gifts for all the kids who attended. Montana Decoy, Mossy Oak, Bugling Bull Game Calls, Hunter Safety Systems, Schrade Knives and others.

Kids camp is over and now time to focus on the fall hunts coming up for Outback Outdoors.

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