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Hunting camp teaches kids techniques and safety

Posted at 9:38 PM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 17:05:51-04
Scooter's Youth Hunting Camp, a one day camp that takes place the first Saturday of May every year is celebrating its 15th year. 
 
"It is an opportunity for kids to come in and learn how to shoot bows and arrows and shotguns and 22's and muzzelloaders," said Kami McGann of Scooter's Youth Hunting Camp.
 
But that's not all. They also learn how to sharpen knives, clean their own guns, and even some basic survival techniques. 
 
At the end of the day camp, they even have an opportunity to win an assortment of prizes. 
 
"Last year our prize table was over 10,000 dollars worth of hunting and fishing gear that we gave away to kids," said Scott McGann, founder of the Non-profit. 
 
While organizers say hunting camps comparable to Scooter's often run into the hundred of dollars.
 
Thanks for donations from all around the valley, this one is completely free.
 
"I was a kid of a single mom and we didn't have a lot of money growing up. If I didn't have something given to me by my grandfather in the hunting aspects or the fishing aspects, I didn't get to go. I don't want to see kids go through that," said Scott.
 
Organizers say while it's fun for the kids to shoot at an eight foot Bigfoot, they hope they take away a much more important lesson.
 
"Safety is our most important thing. That's how we start the day, and that's how we end the day," said Kami.
 
While the said kids make memories at Scooter's that last a lifetime, they are not leaving empty handed themselves. 
 
"We get more out of it than I think the kids do," said Kami.
 
Registration for the camp takes place on Friday morning at 10 a.m sharp. Spots have filled up in less than two minutes the last three years.
 
For information about how to register, the camp itself, or to donate click here.