Ted's Kamp for Kids 2008 By Kevin Markt
Jul 5, 2008 - 8:52:49 AM
Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids - Nebraska Chapter
Group photo of the participants from the Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids.
On June 7th at Walnut Creek Lake near Papillion, the wind blew all day long. There were 70 kids in attendance at the Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids in Nebraska that didn't notice or didn't care about the heat and the wind. Only the adults seemed to notice the hot and windy conditions. I guess that if you are a kid and you are shooting bows, blood trailing deer, shooting guns, fishing, setting traps, wailing away on turkey calls, taking your turn at knapping broadheads and eating hot dogs, you don't care about weather conditions. At the end of the day the kids all ran to their parents with their fishing poles, tackle boxes, medals and a bag of goodies.
All of the mentors and instructors were looking for relief from the sun and wind. After all of the kids left, we had an appreciation cookout for the mentors and instructors. I am hoping that bacon wrapped backstraps, venison brats and Italian sausages, wild turkey (the bird), rhubarb pie and cobbler will keep bringing these great volunteers back every year. We had over 40 people that volunteered to instruct a session, cook, run for water and supplies or go around to all of the stations with the kids. Ben Micek and Matt Weis (past participants in the youth mentored bowhunting program) volunteered to run video cameras all day long to capture some great moments. We also had several mentors this year that started out as kampers just a few years ago.
After seeing Dick Turpin at the NBA banquet and Rich Walters at the Kearney EXPO making turkey calls out of film canisters, we thought we would give that a try. Bill Lewis was on hand to teach the game calling session. He showed them all kinds of game calls and had them identify what animal he was imitating.
After Bill gave every kid a Primos diaghram call (if that wasn't funny enough) the kids made their own call. These kids proved to be very talented with a film canister, rubber band and a piece of rubber glove. I heard elk bugling, peacock sounds, snow geese, woodpeckers and occasionally something that resembled a turkey. We had a rule for the kids that they had to show their parents how this call worked all the way home in the car.
Kids trying their skills on the archery range.
Gary Brunberg and Loren Katt spent the day flinging arrows with the kids. In the archery section they had the option of shooting regular block targets or the 3-D targets. In this day and age of political correctness, anti hunters and vegetarians saying that we don't need hunting for food or the need to control varmint populations, every kid wants to shoot the 3-D animals and comments on a kill shot that was made. I have heard them ask if that was a "kill shot" or not. The 3-D targets will be worn out much faster then the block targets
Kids receiving gun safety instruction from Ward Parker.
Ward Parker taught the gun safety session using high quality one cock pellet guns. He started out with a talk about muzzle control and safety in general. One part that I thought was great is the fact they he told them if they were at a friends house and if someone wanted to show them their parents guns and there wasn't an adult home that they should leave that house immediately. We had a lot of kids that shot the center out of their target.
Paul and April Blake were on hand to teach the fishing section. Even with the very windy conditions, they were able to catch fish in every session. There was a lot of bluegill caught and quite a few bass caught with the largest being 17 inches long.
Vince Smith showing the kids how to flint knapp a broadhead.
Vince Smith was on hand once again to teach traditional archery. He gave them some history on archery and let the kids try their hand at knapping out a broadhead. After showing them traditional equipment, Vince used his long bow to shoot a 3-D deer target and then the kids followed a blood trail to another deer that was hidden in the tall grass. Most of these kids have never done anything like this. It is interesting to see how involved and excited they get about following a blood trail to the deer that they are after.
Young kamper showing off the traditional equipment.
Trapper Rod Sigel taught the trapping section this year and what a great job he did. He told the kids that every trapper needed a good hat as part of their equipment so he put on his coon skin cap to do his session. He also told the kids that since they were out of school for the summer that they didn't have to raise their hand to ask a question, they just had to come up to the table and push the button to ask a question. The button just happened to be the pan on the trap. He almost had a couple of takers. He showed them a ton of equipment and showed them how to set a dirt set, bucket set and how to set a trap in the water for beaver using a 330 Conibear trap. They always like to see those big traps being set off.
Rod Sigel showing kids how a Conibear trap works.
Once again Mike Trummer and his daughter Olivia manned the grill for lunch and for the mentor meal at the end of the day. There is nothing like having a cook and a grill that can handle over 250 hot dogs at one time. It never ceases to amaze me that a couple of hot dogs, chips, rice krispie treats and pop make the whole day go so well.
I would like to thank all of our sponsors for your generous donation to make this event possible. With all of the items that we give the kids to take home and the equipment that it takes to put this event on, it can get very expensive. It is a lot of work to put the kamp on, but it is worth every ounce of effort and money to keep this kamp going.
The following people or companies have donated to the 2008 Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids
Papillion Parks and Recreation Department
City of Papillion
Ted Nugent United Sportsmen of America
Iowa Chapter of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep