Zionsville NWTF Chapter Wins National Award for Educating Youth
Edgefield, S.C. — Volunteers with the Jerry Zimmerman Memorial
Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation are dedicated to
preserving North America’s outdoor traditions by providing
opportunities for youth to learn outdoor activities like hunting,
fishing, shooting and more.
NWTF’s Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter from Zionsville, Pa.,
won the Best Xtreme JAKES Event Award at the 2010 NWTF national
For doing an exceptional job of introducing young people to the
great outdoors, the Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter received the
Best Xtreme JAKES Event Award during the Federation’s 34th annual
National Convention and Sport Show. The convention was held in
Nashville, Feb. 18- 21.
“I feel honored to be here accepting this award,” said Kevin
German, chairman of the JAKES event. “It’s a tribute to the
volunteers and instructors with our chapter back in Pennsylvania.
Being able to take the award home and show it to the young people
who participate in our event will be special.”
Headquartered in Zionsville, Pa., the Jerry Zimmerman Memorial
Chapter hosted an Xtreme JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics
and Sportsmanship) event that was one of the best out of more than
1,000 events hosted by NWTF chapters nationwide.
“Hunting, fishing, shooting and other outdoor activities are
safe, enjoyable and educational for youth,” said Mandy Harling,
JAKES program coordinator. “The Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter
has taken the lead in their area for ensuring that young people
understand how important conservation and being good stewards of
land and wildlife are to our hunting heritage.”
The NWTF’s JAKES program is dedicated to teaching the principles
of wildlife management and passing along the traditions of safe,
ethical and responsible hunting to youth up to age 12.
The Xtreme JAKES program was developed for teens between the
ages of 13 and 17. The program provides advanced outdoor
opportunities and challenges more in line with older JAKES
abilities and experiences.
Combined, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES events held throughout North
America attracted more than 75,000 youth in 2009. The JAKES program
is growing steadily, and earning a JAKES award has become
increasingly competitive. Any local NWTF chapter that hosts a JAKES
event can apply for the JAKES awards.