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Working Together for Friends and Family Day Event

October 22, 2012
By Larry Claypool - OVO Editor , Ohio Valley Outdoors

Classmates Rachel Jenkins and Rebekah Green wanted to provide a Community Service Project for their National Honor Society that "had a meaning". Jenkins knew about On Target Outfitters through some friends and family members. On Target offers mentoring for youths "in sport, in life and faith". It was a good cause and possibly offered a fun project that the Canfield (OH) High School seniors could work together on.

So, with help from On Target Outfitters' founder Steve Scott and others, the OTO Friends and Family Day was launched by Jenkins and Green. The event was held October 20 in Canfield on a farm owned by Tom Bowser. About 80 people - including 50-60 youths - participated on a slightly rainy, cool autumn day.

The activities included; archery target shooting, a 3-D archery course, air rifle range, trap shooting, tomahawk throwing, fishing and more. Jenkins and Green's "crew" handled registration, parking and food for the day and On Target Outfitters' volunteers manned the different outdoor activity stations.

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Josh Bondi (with fish) poses for a photo with his family and volunteer John Csizmadia (back left) of JC Fishing.

Scott, Jenkins and Green were all pleased with the results. So were the youths who participated. Many were able to try new outdoor disciplines for the first time.

"I think this is great. We had fun doing it," said Jenkins. "There were a lot of things to do. The little things add up, but Mr. Scott was a big help. He knew everything that we'd need."

"We even had to go grocery shopping," added Green. "And we made a trip to Dick's to get shotgun shells."

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The event was held October 20 in Canfield on a farm owned by Tom Bowser. About 80 people - including 50-60 youths - participated on a slightly rainy, cool autumn day.

Scott said the girls did a good job of putting things together for the event. They met a few times to coordinate things. The girls even designed the event flyer that was sent out for publicity. "They recruited people to work. It was great. They did a good job," said Scott. "It was a fun project to work with them."

Scott explained that he'd wanted to provide a fall outdoor event for OTO members, family and friends and the idea Jenkins and Green proposed was a good fit. "My goal was to do something like this. We do a spring shed (antler) hunt and this made a nice fall outing."

Based in Canfield, OH, On Target Outfitters is a non-profit hunting and shooting sports ministry for youth that seeks to provide those who might not otherwise get the chance, the opportunity to participate in the sport and tradition of hunting. Scott founded the organization in the spring of 2008.

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On Target, available online at ontargetoutfitters.org, offers several programs (open to any area youth) that includes; camps, clinics, retreats, school programs, sportsman's banquets, Mentoring Hunting Programs, Bowhunting University and Hunting Academy. The program also provides after school archery programs for several school districts in the Mahoning (OH) County area.

For additional information or to donate to On Target Outfitters, email Scott at: steve@ontargetoutfitters.org or call 330-423-5101.

 
 

 

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