Colorado Youth Outdoors

September 17, 2016
Denver SCI Chapter
Humanitarian Outreach Program
Colorado Youth Outdoors – Windsor, Colorado
Fishing, Archery and Lunch

Operation TBI, Freedom Hunters, Craig Hospital and Veterans Alliance

We have almost 100 Wounded Vets, family members, Craig Hospital patients and alumni in attendance. It’s a beautiful Colorado day, just the right temperature for fishing and archery, topped off with a great lunch from the Escoffier Culinary Academy of Boulder. Everyone heads out to the ponds, 3-D archery course and various docks that are located on three of the ponds. Bass and crappies are the first to show up on both fly and spinning rods. The archery range is always a big hit with both kids and adults.

At midday we head up to the outdoor pavilion for a fantastic lunch and some fish stories. It’s been a great day for all and a big thanks to everyone for all the help and support.

Bob Adwar
Humanitarian Chair
Denver Chapter Safari Club International

If you would like more information or wish to donate towards the Denver SCI Humanitarian efforts please contact Bob Adwar, Humanitarian Chair at 303-881-0400.

Colorado Youth Outdoors

May 28, 2016

SCI Denver Chapter
Colorado Youth Outdoors
Windsor, Colorado

It’s our first family fishing, archery and barbecue outing of the season. We have Vets from Operation TBI, Freedom Hunters, WyCo and families from Craig and Children’s Hospital, about 125 people with volunteers and staff. We have archery and fly fishing instructors, rafts that can take wheelchairs, Argo’s and prizes at lunch. It is also the annual Denver SCI Chapter members meeting and they are here to see our humanitarian outreach program in action.

It is a beautiful day and people head over to the many ponds, all full of fish; others head to the 3-D archery course. Children and adults are enjoying CYO’s fantastic grounds. Some of the ponds have docks which is great for wheelchairs and certain disabilities. At 12:00 we gather everyone up for a great lunch and introductions to all of the non-profits we are hosting today. Then it is back to the fishing and archery. Everyone has had a wonderful time!

Bob Adwar
Humanitarian Chair
SCI Denver Chapter

If you would like more information or wish to donate towards the Denver SCI Humanitarian efforts please contact Bob Adwar, Humanitarian Chair at 303-881-0400.

Colorado Youth Outdoors

Regarding the weather this past Saturday, be careful what you wish for in Colorado; you may get it!  On the warmest Saturday of the summer, patients, vets, and friends convened in Windsor, Colorado for an activity-filled afternoon at the Colorado Youth Outdoor Program’s (CYO’s) gorgeous two hundred and fifty acre recreation facility.  Eleven beautiful ponds, large meadows, and a nice sheltered meeting area enhanced a fun-filled afternoon of fishing, archery, and target shooting.  The ponds yielded plenty of bass, perch, and bluegill to both spinning and fly fisherman.  Even though there were over fifty participants this afternoon, everyone indicated that they had caught fish.  One veteran from Colorado Springs claims to have caught more than twelve fish by lunch.   No one was with him to verify this claim.

The archery instruction provided by the CYO’s staff members was exciting and there were plenty of participants from Operation TBI, Wounded Warriors, and Craig Hospital.   Five traditional targets and 3-D targets were available as well as a variety of bows and equipment.  After a short walk from the archery tent down a dirt road, participants came across three tables, eight bb guns, and a variety of clay pigeon-enhanced zombie targets.  After a brief review of proper range behavior and etiquette, the fun began.  The Craig Hospital contingent put on show.  Some patients had clearly spent time on the range and it was not a good day to be an orange clay pigeon (or a Zombie).  Bob Adwar added a little excitement to the mix by shaking six or seven Diet Coke cans and placing them on top of the hay bails.  The cans lasted about thirty seconds.  I do not like to pick sides, but if there were a zombie apocalypse in the near future, I am calling Craig Hospital.

Chris and Rick put together a delicious lunch.  Brats, hotdogs, and hamburgers were plentiful and the cookies were delicious as well. The guest speakers included Brian Gliba of Operation Wounded Ego, Rob Altenbernd of Operation TBI Freedom, Dean Jones of the Adams County Court System, Anthony Pace of Freedom Hunters, and a few of the Colorado Youth Outdoors staff.