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Week 7

Steve Scott

Holy cow, we can't believe that week 7 is over and we are heading into our last week of camps for this summer! We had a really great week and I asked one of our camp counselors, Joey Myers, to share on the blog this week. 

Before we hear about Joey's week in Advanced Archery, I will talk about the other camps we offered in week 7. In the morning we had Advanced Archery and Precision Shooting. This week in precision shooting, campers got to do a gold coin shoot, golf ball shoot, and got to learn about how much fun it is to shoot with a scoped gun!

In the afternoon we had Basic Marksmanship and Top Shot. In Basic Marksmanship, campers got to learn all of the basics of riflery and all of the ways to be safe while shooting. The camp was small so the kids got a lot of shooting time and got to know each other and the camp counselors really well. Top Shot was brand new this week with Dude Perfect inspired challenges. Campers did archery trick shots, ping pong ball trick shots, air rifle trick shots, and so much more! We recorded the trick shots each day and are planning to make a video soon to show you all the fun! 

Advanced Archery was so much fun last week with a huge group of shooters! Joey loved being a part of the camp and I am so excited to share his experience with you all;

"During Advanced Archery the kids went far and beyond what they feel comfortable in by learning and shooting at different distances. Along with shooting all the way to 20 yards, they also got to shoot in many different tournaments. The kids got to experience how a real Vegas archery tournament works, they also got to learn how to shoot a 5 spot tournament and got the chance to shoot a 3-d tournament. 

With this group we were able to showcase one of our newest purchases; our archery tag set. They were able to play against each other and even got a chance to face the staff that day, which they loved. 

My favorite moment this week came in the form of just how everyone became great friends no matter where they came from or their background. Everyone saw each other as friends which made the games and week even better."    ~ Joey Myers

We have been truly blessed to get to know so many amazing kids this summer and we are excited to get to know even more during our last week of camps for the summer. 

Thank you so much for your continued support of our ministry! 

Blessings, 

~ Katrina (Program Director) & Joey (Camp Counselor)

Rifle Range and Barn Transformation

Steve Scott

We are so thankful and blessed by everyone who supports us in any way, big or small. After the weekend of July 21st, we have a lot to be thankful for after having Thomas McNally and the St. John Mennonite Church group out to help us with some big projects. 

One of our On Target Outfitters participants, Thomas McNally, is finishing his Eagle Rank for Boy Scouts by doing a service project at On Target Outfitters. His plan was to create the shooting benches for our rifle range pavilion. With lots of hard work and planning, his project began. Thomas and the team arrived at OTO ready to transform his idea into a reality. We are so grateful to Thomas for choosing to complete his project with us and we are also very thankful to the team who came out to help with this project. 

We have Camp .22 this week and this lucky group of students are the first to try out the shooting benches. We couldn't be happier with the finished result! Thank you Thomas and the work crew!

We also had a group of students and adult volunteers from the St. John Mennonite Church who spent the weekend camping around the pond while helping us complete some big projects. They began by giving the indoor archery range floor a fresh coat of paint. They also put new siding on our barn and it looks like a completely new barn.  

Are we sure this is the same barn? Thank you St. John Mennonite group for your hard work!

We could not do what we do without the support of all of you. Thank you so much to Thomas, St. John Mennonite Church, and to each of you for reading and continually supporting our ministry. 

Blessings, 

~ The On Target Crew 

Week 4 & Creative Outdoors

Steve Scott

This week (Week 4) we asked Kasey, one of our college camp counselors, to write a special blog to share about one of our newest camps -- Creative Outdoors! Before we get to Kasey's story, I would like to quickly highlight the other camps we offered this week. 

In the morning we had Camp .22 and another new camp, Game On! Both camps were completely full making for some very high-energy mornings. In the afternoon we had Introduction to Archery and Creative Outdoors. These camps were also very full. We got to meet so many new campers this week and see some campers that we haven't seen in so long! It was an exciting week with so many new experiences. 

Speaking of new experiences, here is Kasey's experience with our brand new camp, Creative Outdoors:

While I have enjoyed working COUNTLESS incredibly fun camps over the past three summers at On Target, our first ever Creative Outdoors camp was by far my favorite. During this amazing week spent outdoors, campers will be spending majority of their time in God’s creation, while simultaneously creating masterpieces of their own. We do various activities in this camp including creating nature journals in which campers will take notes on our daily devotions, string art on slabs of wood, one of a kind paintings done with brushes made in nature, and so many other fun crafts! Creative outdoors is enjoyable for boys and girls of all ages, especially since God created this world for all of us! The OTO staff and I are looking forward for campers to grow and develop this new camp with us!!!!

-Kasey

Creative Outdoors is being offered again in Week 6 (July 23 - 26th) from 1 - 4 PM. Join us to make some awesome crafts, like paintball art, DIY camo shirts, nature paintings, survival tools and so much more. Register now by following this link http://ontargetoutfitters.org/summer-day-camps/

See you soon!

~ Katrina & Kasey 

Jr. Adventure Camp

Steve Scott

Jr. Adventure Camp is a one-day camp for kids ages 5 - 7. It is an opportunity to try archery, fishing, paintball, and spend time in the great outdoors for the kids who are not old enough or not quite ready to take on a full week of camp. As we were planning camps this year, this was just an idea to engage more students and on June 21, our idea became a reality! 

In the first Jr. Adventure Camp we had nine young campers bravely join us for a morning of fun. 

The camp is open to girls and boys but in this camp we had an awesome group of all boys! After making some cool name tags, campers learned how to shoot archery. The camp counselors were so impressed by how quickly the boys learned archery! They were popping balloons in no time. After we shot archery, campers learned about fishing. Each camper got a fishing pole and headed out to the pond with their camp counselors. The fish weren't biting but we still had a fun time getting to know each other by telling stories and silly jokes to one another. After fishing, we took a quick snack break before the final activity of the day. The last activity was a scavenger hunt. Kids had to find colorful flowers, cool leaves, and had to high five all of the other campers! With the objects found in the scavenger hunt, campers made a light catcher to take home with them. 

Campers and camp counselors had a blast in this camp! We have two more Jr. Adventure Camps scheduled for this summer and we are planning different activities for each camp so that it will be so much fun every time we have camp even if we see some familiar faces! 

I know that we are so excited for the next one and we hope to see your amazing little ones at camp! We are offering this day camp on July 19th (9 AM- Noon) and August 2nd (9 AM - Noon) so get registered today! 

See you soon! 

~ Katrina & The On Target Crew 

Week Three Already?

Steve Scott

We can't believe that week three has come to an end already! This summer is going by quickly as we are getting to spend our days getting to know your awesome kids. It's fun to watch kids come alive as they catch their first fish, hit their first bullseye, or start a fire on their own. The smile that lights up their faces is such a great moment! 

This week, we had four camps. In the morning we had Into the Wild: Girls where campers learned to start fires, fish without a fishing pole, make a compass, and so much more. They had a camp-in on Wednesday night. They played Exploding Kittens and watched Up! In the morning, they made chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast and evaluated the shelters they would have slept in if the weather would have cooperated. We also had our biggest Fish On! camp to date in the morning. We had 24 fishermen and women this week! In fishing camp, campers spent lots of time learning fishing knots, casting, and of course, fishing. On Wednesday, campers played sharks and minnows and made the best of a rainy day. Campers also learned how to filet a fish and got to eat some really tasty catfish and walleye! 

In the afternoon we had Basic Marksmanship camp. This week campers learned so much about safety that they could probably tell you the rules in their sleep! They played lots of games to show their improvement over the days. It is always so fun to see them leave with their target each day because their shots keep getting closer and closer to the bullseye. We also had Intermediate Archery in the afternoon. This camp was packed with games and challenges. They did a 3D animal shoot, mystery shoot, archery corn hole, and so much more! It was a week full of fun and prizes that helped campers enhance their archery skills.

We will be taking a break from camps next week to celebrate the 4th of July. We are building a float for the Canfield parade so make sure you come see us in the parade at 10 AM! 

We are looking forward to seeing you all in two weeks for Week 4 of camps! The camps that are coming up are Camp .22, Game On!, Introduction to Archery, and Creative Outdoors. These camps still have room so grab your friends and register your kids today! 

We are so grateful for your continued support in our ministry, 

Thank you and have a blessed day (and 4th of July)! 

~ Katrina, Program Director