This summer, American legend and hunting hero, Ted Nugent, hosted the 15th annual Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids. The Kamp, created by Nugent to provide a desperately needed opportunity for kids to experience life "beyond the pavement" has been an overwhelming success.
Youngsters travel from all over the country to benefit from this very special outdoor experience. The Kamp's unique curriculum combines hands-on hunting, conservation and recreation education with fundamentals such as the history of our constitution and American freedoms--subjects virtually ignored in so many schools today.
"My Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids is more than just a Kamp," states Nugent.
"We teach these kids to be assets to their lives, their families, their communities and nature."
Held in two separate sessions in Caseville, Michigan the non-profit Kamp provides more than 200 boys and girls, aged 11-15, with the ultimate outdoor experience. As with any activity bearing the "Ted Nugent" name, Nugent makes it a point to be personally involved. He volunteers
both his time, and his talents, to this worthy endeavor. For most Kampers,the
highlight of the weekend is Nugent's informative, educational and entertaining presentation on his life as a hunter, shooter, fisher,trapper and conscientious participant in the balance of nature.
A national spokesman for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (D.A.R.E.), Nugent weaves a strong anti-drug, anti-alcohol abuse message into his presentation, advocating the natural highs to be found in an outdoor lifestyle. He focuses on self esteem, family values and a strict code of discipline and ethics as the basis for the hunt, and all meaningfulendeavors in life.
It seems that the message is coming through loud and clear. Nugent's headquarters in Jackson, Michigan receives hundreds of letters from kids crediting Nugent and his Kamp for giving them the strength to resist peer pressure, and the motivation to take charge of their lives.
"These kids have gained a new appreciation for the ways of the wild,defying the foolishness of drugs and alcohol," said Nugent. "Over the past six years, we've helped hundreds of young people, and their families, become active participants in the grand scheme of conservation. And it is glorious!"
Of course, no Kamp would be complete without Ted's up-close and personal campfire performance of his hunt music, including "Sunrize," "I Just Want to Go Hunting," and the emotional "Fred Bear," Nugent's powerful tribute to his own hero and mentor.
Sponsors are needed for the next Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids. Donations of sporting goods and supplies are now being accepted. If you would like to sponsor a child, or make a tax-deductible contribution, make your check or money order payable to: Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids, 4008 W. Michigan Avenue, Jackson, MI 49202.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, if you know a child who would like to attend, or if you'd like more information, call 517-750-9060.
The Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids is a tax-exempt, 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.