From Scooter…

Well, 2017 Camp is almost here!!! How exciting. Registration opens online tomorrow April 1st at 10:00am MST. Just a heads up…last year it filled up fast! 53 seconds fast.

I have a few tips for navigating the process:

The link:

Fast internet speed is helpful.

Have the page up and ready just prior to 10:00.

Click Refresh, refresh, refresh…until it instantly shows ‘OPEN’. Then GO TIME!

Once you are in, you can enter up to four of your kids at a time.  Don’t enter your name. There are about 200 tickets available.

There is a waiting list. A member of the Orange Army will contact you in the event a spot opens up.

Within the next couple of days, you will receive an email from EventBrite asking you to retrieve your ticket. You need to respond to that email and complete the process.

Unfortunately, not everyone that wants to get it will. But we do everything we can to make sure we have a kid to fill every spot available. The Orange Army is dedicated to making each year the ‘Best Day Ever’ for the kids our Camp has the capacity for.

Good luck!!

PS: Remember the REFRESH button!

A note from Scooter

We just finished our 15th Camp! Has it been that long? People have asked if I look back over the years and have a favorite. Each year has its own personality for sure. Of course, weather has a lot to do with that. One year, it was raining so bad we were wearing plastic ponchos and garbage bags to keep dry. I remember there was one kid with a cast on his leg and just his toes sticking out…his very wet toes. I would take the rain over the wind though. We had one really windy year and awnings broke, papers were everywhere and targets didn’t stay tacked down.

Whatever the weather ends up like, it’s the kids that make it or break it. There were a few years where it seemed we got a specific demographic of kids. One year we had a lot of kids from single moms. Another year we got a lot of kids whose parents were deployed. We’ve had a couple of years where the kids were from families whose dad was a white-collar guy that either didn’t have outdoor experience or didn’t have the time to get out.

The 250 kids as a collective group always has a personality. One year we had a larger amount of 9 year olds. So, there was a lot of “Stop playing in the dirt” and “You should stay with your group”. Occasionally the group seems to have a little attitude. Every year is different though. Then there are the years where the kids are incredibly appreciative, they are enthusiastic, they hug the volunteers, they beam when they bust a clay, they squeal and cry when they win a gun, they tell the Orange Army thank you, they send us letters after the camp and they just melt my heart. Those are my favorite years.

I could tell Scooter’s Youth Hunting Camp stories all day. One year a boy won a BB gun. He already had one at home, so he offered it back to give away to another kid. One young man mowed lawns all summer to be able to buy a shotgun to give away to a kid. Several young  people have sent me pictures of their first wild game harvests. Two brothers decided since they had already attended the camp twice, they would work as youth volunteers to free up  spots for two other kids to attend the camp. One petite girly-girl dressed in pink with sparkles and a bow determined her dad needed to buy her a muzzleloader for her birthday. Another young man overcame his fear of guns. Another used skills he learned to save his family in a real-life survival situation. I would love to keep going!

So, no I don’t have just one favorite Scooter’s Youth Hunting Camp. I have several. Each one of those humbled me and blessed me to see those kids’ hearts. The individual stories that reveal those hearts leaves me overwhelmed and forever changed.

Take Care & God Bless,

Quick update from Scooter: Getting ready for this year’s Camp, rounding up donations.

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Our volunteers ensure kids understand safety, responsibility and ethics.

Orange Army, we are so blessed to have all of you and thank you for being a part of our little camp.  It’s about to get fast and furious so let me apologize if I am a grumpy old man right off the bat……LOL!  Hope everyone is hitting the pavement for donations. We’ve had some amazing things donated already and kids are GONNA LOVE THEM!!

Side Note:  Kami and I attended the kick off meeting for the Youth Auction here in Emmett.  We should be getting a $1,000 grant from this for the Camp!

2016 Camp and Registration

The 2016 camp will be on May 7, 2016.  All participants must be pre-registered.  Registration is on 4/1/2016 at 10:00AM sharp. The link will be posted here. Check back.

Good luck to all of you trying to get in.  We promise a fun day for you.

Take Care & God Bless,