CT Rivers Council, BSA to Host National Youth Outdoor Program

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CT Rivers Council, BSA to Host National Youth Outdoor Program


(Plymouth) – The CT Rivers Council, BSA will host a Trailblazer Adventure Day on June 13 at Camp Mattatuck in Plymouth.

Trailblazer Adventure, a program of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSAF), is designed to introduce families to outdoor activities and promote an outdoor lifestyle.  Hundreds of youth and their families will participate in the upcoming Trailblazer Adventure Day.

The USSAF Trailblazer Adventure Program has been honored with the Take Pride in America® award by the Dept. of Interior for its leadership in recruiting youth and families to the experiences of hunting and fishing and for teaching them about outdoor activities and conservation. The USSAF is one of the Take Pride in America Charter Partners, who work to improve public lands, historic sites and other recreation areas.

Trailblazer is also endorsed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) STEP OUTSIDE Program and NSSF is a major sponsor.

Groups involved in the program include the CT Rivers Council, BSA and the CT Department of Environmental Protection  Other groups providing their expertise or sponsoring the program include the American Legion Post #165, Bill & Sam’s Diner, Bristol Fish & Game, Coalition of CT Sportsmen, CT DEP Hunter Education Program, CT Dept. of Correction K-9 Unit, CT State Police K-9 Unit, CT Trappers Association, Fishin Factory, Ground Zero Air Soft, Hoffman’s Gun Center, Lakewood Auto Body, Mike’s Gun & Tackle, Pat’s IGA, Ristorante Aurora, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Sportsman’s Outpost, Stillwater Holistic Health Center, Tactical Arms, United Bowhunters of CT, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy, Waterbury Rep-Am, Whitetail Solutions, Wolcott Community News, Wolcott Landowners Association, Wolcott Volunteer Fire Department, Blacksmith by Richard Bingham, Self Defense by Russ Taylor and Firearm Safety by Brian Steskla.

“These partners give young people the chance to experience a variety of outdoor activities including archery, firearm safety, trapper education and many other conservation education programs,” said Derrek Shively, director of education. “Trailblazer’s success is possible because of the many groups working together to give this opportunity to youth and their families.”

Youth-serving partnerships include:  Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Campfire USA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Girls Incorporated and YMCA.

Conservation organization partnerships include: National Shooting Sports Foundation, Masters of Foxhounds Association, Fur Takers of America, National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), its state chapters and the NWTF JAKES program, Ohio Division of Wildlife, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources- Wildlife, Wild Sheep Foundation, ESPN BASS, Kentucky Fur Takers Association, Safari Club International Foundation, Safari Club International Golden Gate Chapter, United Taxidermist Association (UTA), Hidden Haven Hunting Preserve, local sportsmen’s clubs, and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.

Special partnerships: Three of the aforementioned organizations have signed agreements to provide leadership at Trailblazer events.  These groups are the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), its state chapters, and the NWTF JAKES program, BASS, and the United Taxidermy Association.

Also indispensable to the success of Trailblazer are generous financial sponsors including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Bushnell Performance Optics, Cabela’s, Charles Daly and the Crosman Corporation.

Additional support: The Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation, Shikar-Safari Club International Foundation, Mrs. Mary A. Cabela, William H. Flowers Jr. Foundation, Alan & Barbara Sackman, McBean Family Foundation, Bicknell Fund, Hampe Family Foundation, Inc., Mr. Richard C. Hampe, JCK  Foundation, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, West Virginia Trophy Hunters Association, and the Big Game Hunters Foundation.

For more information about the Trailblazer Adventure program, e-mail trailblazer@ussportsmen.org or visit www.trailblazeradventure.org.

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