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Bringing Generations Together

Steve Scott

Many parents today find themselves busy running their children from school programs to sporting events to special activities.   While the time spent together in the car is good, many parents find themselves primarily in the role of chauffeur and spectator.   One of our goals at On Target Outfitters is to invite parents out of the bleachers and bring generations together.  A fun way we do that is in our Parent / Child Archery League which is starting the week of January 8.  

You and your child will shoot together as a team, combining your scores using a handicap system to make the league fun, fair and competitive.    All levels of experience are welcome.  You may use your own equipment or use ours.

Because this league was so popular last year we are offing it three times a week to get everyone in.  You pick which time works best for your team and shoot one time a week.  The times are Monday and Thursday nights (6-8 PM) and Saturday morning (8:30-10:00 AM).  We ask you to register for one of the days, but if you have a conflict one week, you can always come one of the other days.  

The cost for this 10 week league is $90 per team.  Students ages 7 years and older are invited to participate.  

If a parent desires to shoot with more than one child, we can accommodate, but please call Steve to register the additional children (330)423-5101.

The first week will be informational and practice.

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Winter Fun @ On Target Outfitters

Steve Scott

The holidays are upon us and we hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  As soon as 2018 starts, so do our winter programs for all ages at On Target Outfitters and we hope that you can join us for some of them.  There is nothing more fun than spending time with friends and family doing something you enjoy together.  Here are some of the opportunities we have for you.

PARENT / CHILD ARCHERY LEAGUE

We are bringing generations together one arrow at a time again this winter in our Parent (or adult mentor) & Child Archery League.  These two person teams will combine their scores using a handicap system to make the league fun, fair and competitive.    Students ages 7 years and older are invited to participate.  All levels of experience are welcome.   You may use your own equipment or use ours.

Because this league was so popular last year we are offing it on Monday and Thursday nights as well as Saturday morning - you only shoot one time a week.  We ask you to pick one of the days, but if you have a conflict one week, you can always come one of the other days.  The first week will be informational and practice.  

The cost for this 10 week league is $90 per team.  If a parent desires to shoot with more than one child, we can accommodate, but please call Steve to register the additional children.

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NEW - 2018 ADULT ARCHERY LEAGUE

Adults have been asking us for several years when were we going to start offing an archery league for them.  Well the time has come!  I hope you can join us this winter for a fun, friendly, and competitive season.

  • This league will be a 300 5 Spot Round
  • This will be a 10-week league (1 night a week)
  • Starts:  January 8th 
  • We will shoot Monday and Thursday nights, starting at 8:00 PM.  (You choose which night).
  • Cost:  $100.00 due at time of registration
  • Open to all shooters 16 and over, all equipment welcome (no cross bows)
  • Scored with an 80% handicap for both hunter and open shooters
  • If you miss a week, your score must be made up before the next week
  • If you know you will miss a week, it is preferred to shoot your score ahead of time
  • Make up rounds can be shot at On Target’s open range hours.  (WED:6-8 / SAT:10-2)
  • Please submit all makeup scores to eric.ohlin@outlook.com or text to Eric Ohlin
  • A trophy will be presented to the top shooter

  • We will also have a $5.00 pot shoot every night

For questions or more information contact (call or text):

Eric Ohlin:  330.716.4464
Steve Scott:  330.423.5101

Register Here

 

Youth Archery Club

If Santa happens to deliver a new bow to your child this Christmas, they can shoot it right away by joining our youth archery club.   This is a great way for them to get started by being coached in proper form and technique.  While we will shoot for score on a regular basis (to monitor progress) this club is more for the pleasure of the sport, time with friends and for the fun challenges that they can have.   

The archery club will meet on Saturdays (2-3:30 PM) in January, February and March.  

The club is open to students ages 8-16 who have their own archery equipment.  Genesis equipment is allowed for the club.   The cost of the club is $75.

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Having an Urban Impact

Steve Scott

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This summer a young man named Antoine came to On Target as a part of a Youngstown City School enrichment program.  As he walked around our pond trying to decide where he wanted to cast his fishing line, he shared with one our leaders that he had never before been outside the city (specifically, never south of Midlothian).   He was mesmerized by the frogs, our ducks, and even the bait on his hook.  While Antoine did not land a fish that day, he did catch a glimpse of creation and was hooked by its calm and intrigue.  His hesitancy to get back on the bus showed his desire to experience more. 

While Antoine’s story of being confined to the city may not be the norm, the staggering divide between children and the outdoors is equally real.  This wired generation tends to view nature through the glass windows in their homes and cars and rarely get to experience creation with their own hands.  Experts are linking the lack of nature in the lives of today's kids to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, depression, as well as an overall epidemic of inactivity.   Like Antoine, once kids get to experience nature, they tend to want more.

As you know, our desire at On Target goes far beyond just getting kids outside and introducing them to the various outdoor sports we teach.  Our goal is that through these activities we get to know them, to be a positive voice in their lives, and to use creation as a way to introduce them to the Creator of it all.

Because of your support of On Target Outfitters, Antoine and more than 700 other children were able to experience Gods great outdoors this year.  Their lives are being changed because of you.  
 
As we head into 2018, we are asking for your partnership with us once again.  Some of our goals for this upcoming year with associated costs include:

  •     Expanding our urban impact by offering more field trip and after-school enrichment opportunities for inner-city students  ($500 for each school program).
  •     Putting the final touches on our rifle range construction project ($3,500 for shooting benches and final landscaping).
  •     Providing more intentional personal and family growth opportunities ($250 for each workshop or class).

Your year-end tax deductible gift is an investment in a student, in a family, and ultimately in our community.  We can’t do it without you.   Thank you in advance your continued partnership with us.

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May God continue to bless you as you have been a blessing to us.

Steve Scott

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Week Eight: Camping and Precision Shooting

Steve Scott

It feels like just yesterday that I was writing the week before the first week blog and now I'm writing the week before the last week blog! I can't believe how fast this summer has gone, I don't know about you guys but I'm pretty sad about it. We plan to enjoy every moment left of this summer though as it winds down. 

This week was a packed week for us, we had two very full camps in the morning and two smaller camps in the afternoon. We even debuted a new camp this week. In the morning we had Camp .22 and Expedition Outdoors and in the afternoon we had Advanced Archery and Precision Shooting (our new camp!). 

Camp .22 this week was full of fun and full of kids! We had 10 shooters this week who got to learn the next step in their riflery skills, along with playing tons of new games that challenge them. They got to shoot at splatter targets and lots of blank targets to make sure they were sighted in and they got to take these targets home at the end of the day to show off their skills to their families! After they got sighted in, they got to shoot at smaller targets, like eggs and cheese puffs. Campers always leave with giant smiles on their faces as they run up with their targets to show their parent's/guardian's!

Expedition Outdoors was wild this week with 20 kids! It was the good kind of wild though, campers had a blast learning how to start fires, fish, navigate a treasure map, shoot .22 rifles and set up tents for their sleepover. This camp has a little bit of everything AND gets a camp-out! Unfortunately, the weather isn't looking too great for our camp-out, so we are going to do a camp-in instead! Still just as fun and much less buggy. It's always so much fun to arrive to work the morning after a camp-in or out, to smell the campfire and see the kids playing capture the flag. 

Camp-in! 

Camp-in! 

In Advanced Archery this week, campers focused on the 3C's of archery; Concentraion, Consistency, and Confidence. Archers learned how they could tie each one of these concepts into their archery skills and into their life, along with their walk with Christ. Along with learning more technical skills, archers played new games and shot at farther distances. With this smaller group of archers, we really took the opportunity to get to know each other. Our volunteers played a big role in camp this week by teaching alongside our staff members and sharing their experiences from archery team with the campers. We hope that the archers from this camp will join our archery team in the future!

The last camp we had this week was a brand new camp for us, Precision Shooting. It is the next step in riflery where shooters are challenged with some pretty awesome trick shots and farther distances. After a day of warming up, the real excitement begins. There is a hostage style challenge this week where you have to shoot the clay target and not the egg to free the hostage without harming them, they will be shooting at On Target golf balls that they get to take home, and we are even going to have a cut-the-rope style challenge! This camp is awesome because there are so many different shooting challenges for campers to try. 

Successful golf ball shoot, and they get to take them home!

Successful golf ball shoot, and they get to take them home!

Our prayer for these kids as they are getting ready to go back to school is that they were impacted this summer and that they would have a fire ignited inside of them that is full of joy, love, and kindness. We also pray that their minds are ticking about the things they learned about the Lord and that they would ask questions and pursue a journey to Christ. We also hope that they come back in the fall because we will miss them too much if they don't!

Thanks for reading and for supporting us in our mission week after week, month after month, and year after year. You are appreciated. 

Blessings, 

Katrina Klockenga

Photos by: Alaina Fitch and the staff

Week Seven: Sharks, Shooting and Silliness

Steve Scott

I can hardly believe that we are in week 7 already, this summer is going by way to fast! This week was one of my favorite weeks of the summer and I am so excited to share it with you!

This week we had three camps, we had Worse Case Scenario in the morning and Intermediate Archery and Camp .22 in the afternoon. Aside from camps, it is the most FINtastic week of the year, it's SHARK WEEK (and you better believe that we try to incorporate shark activities into every camp this week)! 

Worse Case Scenario was full of energy this week with a full camp of 22 kiddos and so many new activities. This week, campers were faced with natural disasters, shark attacks, a day without senses/limbs, and an escape room to work their way out of. On natural disaster day, we learned all about safety drills and what to do specifically in the range in case of a tornado, fire, tsunami (we used our imagination), etc. After we talked about safety plans and meeting areas, we played a game of Simon Says with what we learned. Simon Says "FIRE DRILL", for example, and we practiced all of the drills. We also played a very intense game of debris dodgeball, where you could find anything from rubber chickens to stuffed hippos flying through the air to get us out. I was very excited about shark day because I love shark week. I stayed up the night before making shark fins for the campers to wear in our game of sharks and castaways and Myah Scott came in to teach us all about sharks and tell the kids about her experiences with sharks in Fiji. Safe to say that this week was full of surprises and obstacles but we all survived!! 

Simon Says "Fire Drill with smoke in the air!"

Simon Says "Fire Drill with smoke in the air!"

Evacuating the town before the hurricane comes!

Evacuating the town before the hurricane comes!

Sharktrina and Steveshark, very rare shark sighting this week at On Target!

Sharktrina and Steveshark, very rare shark sighting this week at On Target!

In Intermediate Archery this week, campers were ready to expand their skills with new distances and challenges to shoot at. They shot from 10 and 15 yards with lots of outdoor activities as well. They got to do a long distance challenge in the parking lots where they kept moving back until there was only one shooter left, they did and outdoor 3D shoot through the woods, and got to play teeter totter water bags on Thursday. They also got to make their own bows this week and got a chance to try them out before they took them home. Overall, this week was a bullseye!

Camp .22 was small and personal this week with only 4 campers. They had the opportunity to really hone in their skills and get lots of one on one instruction from our awesome camp counselors. They did a variety of challenges this week, like shoot at fun paper targets, targets that they drew themselves, and lots of different shooting gallery things, like eggs, pop cans and cheese puffs. We tested out a new target this week too, it's basically a cow bell and every time it's hit, it dings! They even had a sniper challenge and the winner got a giant Kit-Kat bar! We are looking forward to the next level of our shooting camps next week, Precision Shooting (which is also a brand new camp!).

It is hard to believe that we only have two weeks of camp left. Please get out here and see us before it's over, we want you to be a part of our amazing summer!

See you next week, thank you for reading and for your support in our ministry!!

Blessings,

Katrina Klockenga

Photos by: Alaina Fitch and the staff

Bandana Brothers! 

Bandana Brothers!