STAR ADVENTURE STAR TALKING AND RECONNECTING

The Star Adventure is a program specifically designed to reconnect father’s & son’s after long deployments seperating the families. Patriot Hunts proudly partnered with the Special Operations Command here at Ft. Bragg working together with the Chaplin’s Command and their team to organize and implement a weekend for dad’s and son’s to spend quality time particiapting in events where it would take both to complete each of 9 stations at the Boy Scout Camp of America. Thanks to Doug Clevenger for donating his time, and a portion of the camp so we could house, and put together a “Race for Life” which tested not only the physical endurance of each participant, but their  mental aptitude also.

These 22 father/son teams were divided into seperate camps, “Cowboys versus Aliens” where they would compete with each for bragging rights, but more importantly the dad’s and son’s had to rely on each other for support, and teamwork to finish the course. The days events were planned to push the teams, and create excitement which it did. Each day they woke early for breakfast, where we then briefed them on the time constraints and schedule. Everything was a timed event, with no loosers, no matter how long it took each team to finish a station or obstacle, at the end of the day, all were winners. It was so good to see the youngters in the outdoors running and playing, and really trying hard to reach the next event. The Race for Life had such obstacles as a PT course, an archery range, a BB-gun range, where both father and son had to shoot for a certain target in order to advance, they had to shoot free throws, a water ballon toss, and a football toss through a tire. They got to design their camp flag and fly it at each seperate camp, then shortly after, they had a capture the flag event where each team advanced on each other trying to remove the opposing teams flag in order to claim victory. In this case the Alians captured the Cowboys flag for the win. Very exciting for the kids, and as it turned out the dads also. The kickball game was surprisingly fun for all, dads included. I think this took everyone back to our younger years when life seemed much simpler than now. It was also a very close game, and the dads let the kids play each other in the end to determine the winner’s. The boat race accross the lagoon was very exciting, the teams pulled boats attached to heavy ropes back and forth hauling team members from a pirate ship a few at a time until all were transported to one side where the winner was determined. The Cowboys ended up with the win, by only 5 seconds! Teams were given down time to hike, fish, or just talk with each other in between events. The teams also got a chance to build their own turkey calls one night, I never heard so many turkeys in one place in my life with the kids running around testing the new calls.The teams built bonfires and roasted marshmellows one night, and we cooked hotdogs and burgers. A fire is always a big hit with anyone, even the big boys. All the dad’s really spent the time with their son’s ,and taking the time to explain and encourage the boys all weekend, with everything having a positive tone. No loosers at this camp, no matter what place each team finished in. Chilli, and venison stew where on tap for Saturday night, and after a long day of activities, everyone ate hearty that night. The next morning after breakfast LTC Chaplin Wheatley shared some scripture with the teams, and sang some songs. Teams departed to their camps where everyone packed and cleaned up their quarters, then headed back to base where we had our closing ceremonies. After a group discussion with the teams sharing their thoughts on what worked and didn’t work this weekend, likes and dislikes of the events we had planned for them, each and every child was presented a certificate of completion from Chaplin Wheatley with the Special Operations Command, and a medal and challenge coin from Patriot Hunts. Friend ships were formed, numbers were exchanged, and planns for next year’s event were discussed. More important than all of this, father’s and son’s bonded, maybe each one came to understand the other a little better than before. Seeing these dads embrace their boys, slowing down from their day to day work schedules, and taking time to really talk with their son’s was a real treat to see. This event was in my opinion a huge success, and one I was very proud to be a part of.


 


Patriot Hunts is dedicated to providing outdoor experiences for our Wounded Warriors, and Gold Star children of fallen heroes. With all of us sportsman and Patriots working together, we truly can make a difference in the life of a soldier who has chosen to lay his life at the altar of freedom on our behalf. These men and women have not only paid a physical and mental price, some have paid the ultimate price, for their fellow man. The cost of freedom is not measured in dollars, and it is paid for by patriots in our armed forces, by their courage, their commitment, and their willingness to stand in harms way for this country.

Stepping up and either volunteering or through your generous donations we can give back to the children of our fallen brothers, and help give them the guidance that their parent they have lost would have loved to be here to do. So it is with great pride and honor that we even have this opportunity and accept this challenge to reach out a helping hand.

The thought of a single Gold Star child being forgotten, and never having the opportunity to witness a sunrise from a duck blind, or hear a turkey gobble after flying down from the roost, or see a flock of geese fly over a deer stand while hunting, is just heartbreaking, so help us to make that dream come true for these deserving kids that have been devastated by lose, by donating.

Helping to empower Gold Star Children of fallen heroes through outdoor therapy. 

By supporting this effort, your giving so many deserving kids an opportunity to experience things through hunting & fishing they may have never been given the chance to.

Take the time to help give back to those soldiers who have sacrificed so much.

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