With the 2012 calendar year well underway, now is a great time to start finalizing your outdoor plans—and hopefully those plans will involve hosting or volunteering at a U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation Trailblazer Adventure Program. These popular one-day outdoor lifestyle introduction programs will be reaching more kids and families this year.
“The Trailblazer Adventure Program continues to be a great avenue for youth and families to become familiar with the outdoor lifestyle”, said Derrek Shively, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation director of education. “We are excited about 2012, and look forward to new opportunities to reach out to communities across the country, as well as sustaining and recruiting both individual volunteers and organizations that make the Trailblazer Adventure Program what it is today.”
More than 1.2 million participants have attended Trailblazer Adventure events since 2001 in 47 states. While many events are held in partnership with Boy Scout camps, events are held at other locations such as the Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky and the Bassmaster Classic Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. An event was also held at Camp Ripley, a military base in northern Minnesota, at a community college in Nelsonville, Ohio, and at the Rockcastle Shooting Center near Park City, Kentucky.
Trailblazer Adventure events include activities, demonstrations and orientation sessions. Activities include firearm shooting and safety (BB guns, shotguns or .22’s are used), archery, trapping, fishing and much more.
Other partner organizations for Trailblazer events include: Cabela’s, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fur Takers of America, Masters of Foxhounds Association, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.