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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

Week Four: Survival Success!

Steve Scott

We were full blown survival mode this week with both of our Into the Wild camps. We had the boys camp in the morning and the girls camp in the afternoon with a sleepover for both camps on Thursday night. The week seemed to fly by because of the 4th of July, but our staff had a great few days of celebrating with our families and it sounds like all of our campers did as well. 

Into the Wild: Boys was full of excited campers who took to their new survival skills really well. They were tasked with a few different challenges, like starting a fire without matches and then boiling water over their fires. After we had water and fire, it was time to find some food. Campers were given fishing line and a hook and they had to do the rest! They also got to build shelters and make tools out of duct tape. The boys had a great week and a great campout. This camp was run by Stephen, Joey and Alex with Jacob volunteering with them.

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Into the Wild: Girls was pretty similar to the boys camp, except the girls camp was very small this week. It gave our campers and staff a chance to really get to know each other. The girls got to build fires and catch fish as well, and they did both way faster than the boys!! Since the camp was so small, the girls got to make a compass to take home with them. They learned about navigation with a treasure hunt and then got to build shelters for their campout. This camp was led by Delaney and Kasey with Madison, Kenzie and Alexa volunteering with them. 

Next week we have three camps, Introduction to Archery and Search for Bigfoot in the morning and Top Shot Jr. in the afternoon. All of these camps have space available and we would love to have your kids and their friends in them! Follow the link below to get your spot:

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/OnTargetOutfitters#/selectSessions/1938202

Stay tuned for a special blog all about our Appalachian Trail trip from the 7th - 11th! 

Thank you for reading and for your support of our ministry, we couldn't do it without you!

Blessings, 

~Katrina Klockenga

Photos by: the OTO staff 

Week Three: Campouts and Shoot-Outs

Steve Scott

It was a rather calm week with only two camps going on, Expedition Outdoors in the morning and Camp .22 in the afternoon. It was a great group of kids this week and a great group of leaders. 

In Expedition Outdoors, campers got to learn how to build fires, go on a scavenger hunt that included giving Clayton a hug (he had 17 kids hanging on him!! It was awesome!), they got to learn archery and riflery, test out their navigational skills with a treasure hunt, and they got to camp out in tents that they learned how to assemble. During the campout, Nate told scary stories, they roasted s'mores around the campfire and got to fish until bedtime at 11PM. When I arrived to work at 8 on Thursday morning, campers were roasting their breakfast over the campfire with huge smiles on their faces. They had a blast! This camp was led by Delaney and Nate with Will, Angelo and Emily volunteering with them. 

 We have a new friend around here: Ellie!! She loves the kids!

We have a new friend around here: Ellie!! She loves the kids!

In Camp .22, campers got lots of instruction on safety and fun! Shooters got to shoot at a variety of targets this week, including paper airplanes, eggs, pop cans that exploded when they shot them, and cheese puffs (which also explode when you shoot them surprisingly) and many more. The last day featured a shooting gallery made up of many different types of targets and shooters get to pick what they want to shoot at. This camp was run by Clayton and Stephen with LiLi volunteering with them. 

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Next week, camps start on Wednesday so that families can spend some quality time together on Monday and Tuesday to celebrate the 4th of July. We have two camps next week, Into the Wild: Boys and Into the Wild: Girls. Both camps have a campout option where they stay in forts that they built with their teams in the woods. It's so much fun! Both camps still have space available so tell your friends and sign up to have a blast with us! Follow the link below for registration details:

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/OnTargetOutfitters#/selectSessions/1938202

 Come hang out with us!!

Come hang out with us!!

We hope to see you soon! Thank you so much for your support in our ministry!

Blessings,

~Katrina Klockenga

Photos by: OTO staff

 Come meet Ellie!!! 

Come meet Ellie!!!