SHAP Camp 2017
Our 23rd year doing the State Hunter Apprentice Program (SHAP) was one of the nicest I can remember. The temperatures were in the mid 70’s with only occasional showers. This was our 10th year at the Echo Grove Camp ran by our friends at the Salvation Army. As usual, the staff at Echo Grove did everything they could to make our camp run smooth for us and the kids. Tina, Alisha and Andy were our assigned hosts and did a terrific job for us. Major Reed spoke to the youngsters Sunday morning after breakfast with a short heart-warming story about his faith and how it helped him handle the problems that have come up in his life. Our chapter Vice President (Ralph Cagle) presented Mark McClenaghan (Echo Grove Camp Director) a check for $500 to use for any of his “Wish List” projects. The folks at the Salvation Army are the best people on earth!
On Saturday evening we enjoyed the fantastic Birds of Prey program presented by Joe Rogers and Barb Rogers from the Wildlife Recovery Association. The kids and staff were treated to actually seeing and in some cases, touching the birds of prey as they were carried around the room by Barb and Joe. Their Birds of Prey program is a fast-paced, extremely entertaining, first rate educational experience that can be brought into your kids’ school at a very reasonable rate. Contact them to schedule their conservation friendly program for your school at www.wildliferecovery.org
If you look at the faces of the students who attended our SHAP course this year, you will see our next generation of sportsmen and women, new hunters who will carry the word of conservation and our hunting heritage into the future. The small game season opens September 15th state wide and is the perfect time and activity to start a new hunter on their life long hunting journey. The Michigan DNR set aside the weekend of Sept. 16-17 for special youth/vet deer hunts. Take advantage of the opportunity(s). our DNR provides, you won’t regret it!
This year due to Bob Easterbrook Sr. and Bob Jr. being in Africa hunting two of our instructors stepped forward to help me lead our team. Robert (Bob) McLean took over the Directors job and everything went very smoothly under his astute leadership. Kevin Mulkeran did his usual outstanding job as Coordinator and I was able to relax and enjoy the camp like never before. The Instructors of our Bowhunter chapter and the Detroit chapter who gave the extra effort to help ensure hunting’s future are:
Bob Easterbrook Jr.
These SCI members donated three days of their lives so that 22 youngsters could receive their MDNR Hunter and Bowhunter Education certificates. Some people talk about how much they care about hunting, these gals & guys showed how much they care by giving of their time. On behalf of the kids and our chapter members I say THANK YOU to all of them!!!
SCI- SHAP Coordinator