SHAP Camp 2018
Our 24th year doing the State Hunter Apprentice Program (SHAP) was one of the nicest I can remember. The temperatures were in the mid 80’s with blue skies. This was our 11th year at the Echo Grove Camp ran by our friends at the Salvation Army. As usual, the new staff at Echo Grove did everything they could to make our camp run smooth for us and the kids. Tina Brockway and Alan Lake were our assigned hosts and did a terrific job. 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 and Barb Rogers with Joann Williams from the Wildlife Recovery Association. The kids and staff were treated to seeing and in some cases, touching the birds of prey as they were carried around the room by Barb, Joann 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. 22-23 for special Firearm and the Liberty deer hunts. Take advantage of the opportunity(s) our DNR provides, you won’t regret it!
Robert Easterbrook Sr. again, took over the Camp Directors job and everything went very smoothly under his astute leadership. Kevin Mulkeran did his usual outstanding job as the Camp Coordinator and I was able to relax and enjoy the camp. The Instructors of our Bowhunter Chapter and the Detroit Chapter who gave the extra effort to help ensure hunting’s future are:
|Mike Clemence||Bob Easterbrook Jr.||John Gornyecz|
|Tammy LoGiudice||Kelly LoGiudice||Jim Martin|
|Bob McLean||Kelly McLean||Kevin Mulkeran|
|Chet Muraszewski||Shannon Richards||Troy Sanborn|
|James Wandrie||Gregg Wujcik|
These SCI members donated three days of their lives so that 24 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 Co-Coordinator