The Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association has announced the recipients of its 2022 Kermit Henning Youth Education Grants.
Fourteen organizations received more than $9,000 in funding for programs designed to get young people outdoors and teach them about the valuable natural resources available throughout the state.
The scholarships honor the memory of Kermit Henning, Life Member and Past President of POWA. Kermit’s dedication was a driving force behind the annual POWA Youth Education Grant Fund awards, which supported outdoor educational opportunities for youth across the state. For more than 35 years, POWA has contributed to conservation camps, field days, fishing tournaments, educational activities in schools and shooting programs, among others.
POWA’s Youth Grant Fund is funded primarily through the annual Athlete Auction held at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg in February. This year’s grants were also funded by an April Sporting Clays and Wobble Trap Shoot at Martz’s Gap View Hunting Preserve in Dalmatia, Pennsylvania with sponsorship from White Flyer Targets.
To date, POWA has raised and distributed over $434,000 to fund educational opportunities for young people. Next year’s auction is scheduled for Sunday, February 12, 2023 at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg.
In addition to being the state’s only professional organization for writers, photographers, artists, broadcasters, and bloggers dedicated to educating Pennsylvanians about the wise use and management of natural resources and outdoor recreation. , POWA’s mission includes promoting outdoor education and increasing awareness and appreciation of our natural resources and outdoor heritage.
To learn more about POWA membership, visit: paoutdoorwriters.com, or contact Executive Director Paula Piatt at [email protected]
This year’s award recipients include:
- Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited, DuBois, Pa., $700, for its annual Clearfield County Youth Field Day, which attracts 150 to 200 children ages 7 to 14 for a day of fishing, shooting, river activities, boating and canoeing and outdoor safety.
- Jefferson County Youth Field Day, Sigel, Pa., $700, for its annual free event, giving youth the opportunity to have fun and develop new skills by participating in shooting sports, archery, canoeing and other skill stations.
- Cameron County Youth Outdoor Activities, Emporium, Pennsylvania; $700; to support youth programs such as the Youth Deer Hunt and Fish Fest, which welcomes over 125 young people each year.
- Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association, Coplay, PA, $700 to support an educational bluebird/birdhouse trail project for an environmental science class at a local high school and a springtime scavenger hunt for youth along the Lehigh River.
- Blue Ridge Rifles Muzzleloader Club, Orwigsburg, Pa., $200, for the Youth Shoot at the club’s Memorial Day Rendezvous, allowing the club to waive all youth fees.
- Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, West Chester, Pennsylvania, $700, to support its youth programs, including scholarships for students ages 4 to 15 at its summer nature camps.
- Camp Compass, Allentown, Pennsylvania, $700, an organization dedicated to introducing urban middle and high school students to various outdoor activities and giving them the opportunity to experience and participate in the outdoor lifestyle.
- Capital City Bassmasters, Landisburg, PA, $700 for the annual Leukemia and Four Diamond Fishing Derby for children with leukemia, the Capital City Junior Bassmasters program and Casting for Kids events throughout central Pennsylvania.
- Dauphin County Parks and Recreation, Harrisburg, Pa. $700 to support Wildwood Park’s summer nature day camps, which provide environmental education to school children.
- Monroe County Youth Field Day, Kresgeville, PA, $700, for its annual youth field day that draws more than 200 children ages 8 to 14 for educational exhibits, fishing, gun safety and retention information.
- Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Millersburg, Pennsylvania, $700 to support its Junior Naturalist Camps where children explore nature and journal their findings.
- Schuylkill County Sportsmen’s Association Youth Field Day, Pottsville, Pennsylvania, $700 for its many programs, including the annual Youth Field Day, which includes free youth activities including fishing, canoeing, trap shooting, shooting archery, black powder shooting, air rifle, forestry and trapping.
- Wildlife Leadership Academy, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, $700; for scholarships to its one-week field summer schools for high school students. Schools focus on a single species, but are used as a springboard to explore ecological concepts and management issues.
- Sportsmen For Youth of York Region, New Freedom, Pennsylvania, $700 for its Youth Field Day which attracts 200 area children for a day of outdoor and conservation education.