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Bighorn Outdoors Youth Adventure Camp 2010

August 27, 2010
By Brenda Layman

Bighorn Outdoors held its annual Bighorn Outdoors Youth Adventure Camp at the Sanctuary Too in Pataskala, OH, on June 18 – 20. Sixty-three youths participated in the event, and along with the adults that accompanied them, and the adult staff, a total of 105 people took part. Camp activities included archery training, rifle and shotgun ranges and gun safety, a 3-D archery course, treestand safety instruction, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Passport to Fishing course, fly fishing instruction, camping, and free time to fish, practice archery, or just enjoy being outdoors with good friends. A team of volunteers prepared nutritious and tasty meals to keep everyone fueled up and ready for fun. The camp is funded by corporate and private sponsors, who donated everything from fishing supplies and prizes for the kids to steaks and a roasting pig for everyone. While fishing at the camp pond, camper Vincent Eichhorn reeled in a 15-inch crappie. Vincent’s dad helped him preserve the fish in ice, and they plan to submit Vincent’s catch for a Fish Ohio award. Vincent could hardly contain his excitement. Asking, “Have you seen my fish yet?” he provided several guided tours to the freezer to view his prize catch. Kyle Ramey also had an interesting fishing experience when he cast his imitation frog lure into lily pads and caught a large bullfrog. Camper Hunter Reed, whose family had traveled all the way from Georgetown, Maine, welcomed the opportunity to hone his shooting and fly casting skills. “I’m going to go home and get out my fly rod,” he declared as the fly line flew gracefully over his head in a perfect, tight loop. Throughout the weekend, campers could be seen crossing the grounds with a fishing rod or bow in hand. Bighorn Outdoors pro staff made sure that each youth was properly fitted with bow or firearm and instructed in safe, correct procedures. The same care and attention was evident at the rifle and shotgun ranges, where instructors taught campers to shoot safely and accurately. Nine-year-old Christa Layton attended last year’s camp, where she shot a bow for the first time. Archery has become a passion for Christa, who has her own bow, practices regularly, and has already participated in her first deer hunt. Christa was back again for more fun and learning. After dinner on the final evening, Tom King, CEO of Bighorn Outdoors and host of the Bighorn Outdoors television program, thanked everyone for their contributions and help in creating a great weekend for the kids. Tired but happy campers spent the final evening enjoying the fishing pond and lounging by the campfire. The camp is a unique opportunity for youngsters to experience the excitement, challenge, and supportive friendships of the hunting and fishing community. Prospective campers apply by submitting essays. Information about Bighorn Outdoors, including future events, is available at

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Campers gather for a photo while participating in the Bighorn Outdoors Youth Adventure Camp. Sixty-three youths participated in the event. Photo by Mark Layman

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Bighorn Outdoors held its annual Bighorn Outdoors Youth Adventure Camp at the Sanctuary Too in Pataskala, OH, on June 18 – 20.

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