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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! 

Week Six: Fishing and Shooting

Steve Scott

Week 6 is already here and week 7 is on the horizon. How did that happen? With only three weeks left, we are trying our hardest to serve as many kids as we can before the school year starts back up again (so tell your friends to get signed up!!!). Summer has been amazing so far and we've gotten to know so many new kids and have caught up with so many kids that we have met in previous summers. I am sad that it is almost over already and I'll have to wait a whole school year for next summer!

This week, we had 4 camps and lots of traffic through the property! It was great and exciting with no dull moments. In the morning we had Fish On! and Basic Marksmanship and in the afternoon we had Bow Fishing and Top Shot. 

We had a very successful week of Fish On! A few of our fisherman caught a big catfish, which was the talk of the week (also the talk of the week was Stephen getting stung by the catfish). Despite the heat, our fish were hungry and our campers got to meet lots of our fish! They learned how to tie knots and had lots of casting competitions with prizes and then got to eat some fish on the last day! We are so excited to have this element of our fishing camp back this year and love teaching our kids where there food comes from. 

Nice catfish! 

Nice catfish! 

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Basic Marksmanship went off with a pow this week! This camp is exciting for us because it's the beginning of a journey to marksmanship, starting with safety and the basic skills needed to be a successful shooter before they use guns that pack more of a punch. In this camp, shooters learn all of these skills on pellet guns but still get to have tons of fun shooting at a variety of targets. We hope to see all of these shooters in a Camp .22 camp someday soon!

Bow Fishing camp was new to us this summer, and it was very exciting! Although we didn't have any luck with the fish, our campers are trained and ready to shoot when the opportunity comes along. They got to shoot tons of archery this week, into the water and into our brand new fish 3D targets. We even put the new targets into the water to shoot at for more realistic practice. The consensus of the campers was that it was much harder than they thought it would be but it was fun! Lots and lots of patience and practice will get you very far in this camp. 

Practicing for the real fish! 

Practicing for the real fish! 

Top Shot was full of new skills and fun challenges. Each day of this camp features a skill that campers learn and practice and then they get to complete a challenge to be named the "Top Shot" of the day. The challenges could include some long distance archery shooting, a sniper type of game, shooting at eggs and so much more.  Campers got to try archery, rifles and paintball this week and combined all three of the skills on the last day for the grand top shot challenge. 

We hope that you can make it out for a camp before the summer is over (only three more weeks!) We have some really fun camps coming up with room in many of them for you and your friends! Hurry up and get signed up so we can share some summer fun with you!

Thanks for reading and for your continued support in our ministry,

~Katrina Klockenga

Photos by: Alaina Fitch and staff

Appalachian Trail Hike and Bike Trip

Steve Scott

A very important part of On Target is our volunteers, we couldn't do what we do without them and the campers love being able to get to know them and look up to them. We strive to provide opportunities for them as well since many of them are too old for our traditional camps. This summer, we planned this Appalachian Trail trip for them. 

On Friday afternoon, we met at the range and began our journey to Washington Monument State Park in Maryland, where we would be camping for the next four nights. The next few days we embarked on a historical journey through the Appalachian Trail. 

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Our campsite in Washington Monument State Park

Our campsite in Washington Monument State Park

On Saturday, we hiked our first ten miles to Gathland State Park. It was amazing how fast the kids were to hike the trail! (Don't worry, we had a few adults who were able to lead the pack and keep up the kid's pace, it certainly wasn't me!!!). We took our lunch break at a beautiful scenic overlook and were picked up by our support crew at the end of our hike.

On day one the rocks, and Steve of course, taught us a lesson about unloading weight from our packs and pressing forward in our lives. Every mile, a small rock was added to one of the kids book bags and we used this as a visual illustration of unloading our burdens and the pain that we carry with us from the past.

2 Corinthians 5:17"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."

Beginning our first day of hiking!

Beginning our first day of hiking!

Day one lunch view!

Day one lunch view!

On Sunday, we hiked another ten miles from Gathland State Park to Harper's Ferry. Today's hike was a little easier than yesterday's hike (to me at least). Today brought a better view as well, it was amazing. After lunch, the trail was full of beautiful and challenging switch-backs. After the hike, a few of us went into the town of Harper's Ferry to get ice cream and shop around for a little bit. It was a nice town with so many cute shops and so much history.

Sundays lesson continued on from Saturday, we discussed how God uses our burdens to shape our futures and make us stronger, and how it can bring us closer to one another by being compassionate towards God's children.

James 1: 2 - 4 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

Lunch view from day two!

Lunch view from day two!

As Monday came along, we were all very tired and sore. The kids were very happy to take a bike ride today along the C & O Canal Towpath. After the 20 mile bike ride, we ended up at Antietam where part of the group explored the battlefield and part of the group returned back to camp. The battlefield was a surreal experience, it was hard to fathom the events that happened here. After learning the rich history of the battlefield, the group headed back to camp and with the help of Eric, we branded pieces of wood with the Appalachian Trial and C & O Canal logos. I don't know about the other kids but I was so excited that I got to learn that skill!

Antietam Survivors

Antietam Survivors

Taryn learning to brand!

Taryn learning to brand!

Pay special attention to Angelo's silly glasses

Pay special attention to Angelo's silly glasses

Tuesday morning came and before I knew it the campsite was torn down and we were ready to go back home (I was very ready to go home to shower in a place that didn't have millions of spiders lurking). We loaded into cars and began our journey home.

On the way back, we stopped at the Flight 93 Memorial. The memories that this place held were unimaginable and a sinking feeling accompanied me throughout the area. I am so glad that we had this opportunity to visit here and to learn about the hero's who gave their lives in this plane crash. 

We arrived back home that evening with full hearts and tired bodies. I would not give up this experience for anything.

Wall of names of the passangers and crew of Flight 93

Wall of names of the passangers and crew of Flight 93

I am thankful for this trip for a few different reasons; I got to know the volunteers and their families so much better (especially Kasey and April!), I pushed myself way outside of my comfort zone and overcame some big challenges, and I got to spend time in God's creation and in His word with my second family.

I encourage you to try something new soon and to push yourself farther than you have before because the rewards are plentiful. God will give you the strength to climb and overcome in your lives, whether it is an everyday struggle bringing you down or it is something bigger. Don't give up, pray to the Lord for strength and take the leap.

Thanks for reading and for supporting On Target in our journey.

Blessings,

~Katrina Klockenga