Allentown, Pa. — On Saturday Sept. 6, students from the award-winning program Camp Compass received a unique reward. The students were honored with mounted game heads from hunting trips from this past year. The mounts are a donated service by the Pennsylvania Taxidermy Association. "This is an annual event and it was neat to have the sponsors and general public get to see the kids receive their mounts." stated John Annoni, Founder of the program. "Each student receiving a mount has been involved with Camp Compass for at least 2 1/2 years and this event will be a culmination of lots of classroom and field time."
The event was held at the Cabela's in Hamburg, Pennsylvania. It was held in combination with the Pennsylvania Taxidermy Association's Taxidermy weekend event. "This association is full of people we call "BULLETS", They step up to help and are giving youth a S.H.O.T. We were amazed at the number of orange ribbons we saw. There was even a mount with an orange ribbon involved in the artistry" Annoni added.
The adults present were able to talk with students about their hunting memories and were introduced the latest adult campaign put out by Camp Compass called the 2 Million Bullets Challenge. It's a pro firearm way for adults nationwide to support youth being involved in the hunting and shooting sports. Video from the event can be viewed on You Tube.
Camp Compass Academy is an award- winning program that rewards inner-city children with hunting and fishing trips based on academic and social performance. It was recently featured on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. It is nationally known as a program that has been able to implement a college style learning with an outdoor focus in places where traditional outdoor outlets have not been able to reach youth. For more information on Camp Compass visit www.campcompass.org.