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Archery, fly fishing, and target shooting were just three of the numerous outdoor activities that more than 7,000 youth and their families were able to experience at the recent Boy Scouts of America Patriot Games featuring the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation’s Trailblazer Adventure Program.
Hosted by the Lincoln Heritage Council, the Patriot Games featuring the Trailblazer Adventure Program was held Oct. 13 in Fort Knox. The event opened the door for youth and their families to experience a variety of activities and demonstrations designed to show youth the enjoyment of an outdoor lifestyle.
Groups from throughout Kentucky volunteered their time to introduce the youth to activities ranging from camping to target shooting and archery to trapping demonstrations, and more. Groups participating included: U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSA Foundation), LightsOut Outdoors Archery, Kentucky Chapter Trout Unlimited, Kentucky Trappers Association and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
“This was a great event and the kids had a great time. Everyone was able to get through all of the events that they wanted to,” said Paul Brooks, Trailblazer Local Field Director. “All groups who participated were a big hit and really introduced a lot of these kids to something they had never seen or done.”
The Patriot Games jump started the weekend on Oct. 12 with camping and bonfires for scouts and their families at Keyes Park, and rolled into Saturday with BSA activities and the USSA Foundation’s Trailblazer Adventure Day.
The Trailblazer Adventure Program is the nation’s largest introductory outdoor youth education program. Since its inception in 2001, Trailblazer has reached over 1.5 million participants across the country. Trailblazer introduces youth to outdoor activities – such as shooting, fishing, and wildlife conservation education. The program focuses on placing a bow, gun and fishing rod in the hands of all participants.
“This was the first time LightsOut Outdoors has worked with the Trailblazer program. It was such a rewarding day for our Pro-staff to work with the young kids. We would recommend the Trailblazer Program for any kid that loves the outdoors,” said Tom Chamberlain, President LightsOut Outdoors. “The only bad thing about it is we have to wait so long for the next time it comes to Fort Knox.”
For more information on the Trailblazer Adventure program, visit www.trailblazeradventure.org or call 614-888-4868 to speak to the Trailblazer staff.