Gardner Camp will partner with organizations to offer youth the highest caliber mentoring and instruction on subjects related to hunter safety, hunting heritage, waterfowl and migratory birds, wildlife and habitat management through a variety of educational strategies. This will include teaching youth the basic skills, values, techniques and responsibilities of hunting. Gardner Camp wishes to partner with organizations to increase the number of youth who participate in hunting activities and provide a safe, positive hunting experience for all youth.
Gardner Camp will collaborate with youth-serving non-profit organizations in offering high quality outdoor recreation and science-based programming to achieve shared positive outcomes that benefit youth.
Upcoming Outdoor Education Events
In partnership with WHITETAILS UNLIMITED. This season we are celebrating our Illinois state animal, the White-Tailed Deer, during our kickoff to the Fall season! Join us, as we partner with Whitetails Unlimited, during the most colorful time of year at Gardner Camp. We will have lots of whitetail-focused activities for youth to enjoy. Also, we are honored to bring the Perryman family to our area! The Perryman's produce a TV Show called God.Family.Hunting on the Pursuit channel. They will be setting up their 3-D Pop-Up Archery Range. The Perryman's tour the country setting up archery tournaments with this unique and exciting archery range! Take on other father/daughter, father/son, mother/son, mother/daughter or any other combination in this archery tournament (NOTE: bring your own archery equip). We will also have a certified scorer to score antlers. You may bring your own antlers for this activity!
Gardner Camp will partner with non-profit organizations in offering unique shooting sports facilities and events in the disciplines of archery, airgun and shotgun.
Upcoming Shooting Sports Events
Explore Archery (ages 8+) - 9/28 - 12:30-2:30p OR 3:00-5:00p
Love the outdoors and sports?! Try something new that combines both of those interests! Learn the basics of archery while experiencing fun and interactive challenges shooting colorful targets on our static range. Also, try your hand at shooting our 3-D animal targets as we wind through the woods! You might see a skunk, turkey or even a fish out of water! Youth of any experience level may attend. Guided by USA Archery instructors, participants will learn archery safety, proper shooting form and how to be successful in hitting your target! Youth must be affiliated with a non-profit organization. There is no cost to register and is limited to 12 youth per session.
In partnership with WHITETAILS UNLIMITED
Take an opportunity to spend 2 days, 1 night at Gardner Camp during the most beautiful time of year – when the Fall colors along the Mississippi River bluffs are striking and the weather is ideal. We will provide youth with hands-on, interactive shooting and field experience to prepare for the bow season. Experienced instructors will take time teaching bowhunting field techniques – shot placement, blood trailing, game retrieval, tree stand safety and more. Mixed in we will feature friendly competitions, plenty of time to interact with other campers with similar interests and traditional camp activities. This year we will be featuring the Perryman Family of God.Family.Hunting, a TV show on the Pursuit Channel. The Perryman family will be staging their outdoor 3-D Pop-Up Simulation Archery Range.
Scout Badge Completion Sheets
Shooting Sports: Air Gun Boy Scouts