2017 CYO Family Fishing and Archery Outing

May 13, 2017

CYO Family Fishing and Archery Outing
For Veterans Alliance, Freedom Hunters, Operation TBI and Craig Hospital
Windsor, Colorado

Denver SCI Humanitarian Outreach Program

It is a beautiful spring day in Colorado, we are at Colorado Youth Outdoors in Windsor, Colorado. The ponds have plenty of fish, a fantastic 3-D archery course, clay targets and BB guns for the kids and a great outdoor pavilion for lunch. We have eighty Wounded Warriors and Craig Hospital patients for a day of fun and healing. We have many volunteers, guides and instructors to make sure it is a successful outing.

It is a great day for all, fish are in the nets, arrows fly, the clay targets and cans are no match for the kids. At noon we all gather at the pavilion for lunch. It is a variety of Italian dishes with brownies for dessert. After lunch everyone heads back out to the ponds and range for more fun. What a day! Everyone has a smile on their face!

Bob Adwar
V. P. & Humanitarian Chair
Denver SCI HOP

Colderweather Outfitters

October 16, 2010

Denver SCI
Humanitarian Outreach Program
Colderweather Outfitters
Firestone, Colorado

Family Fishing, Archery and Lunch for Operation TBI, Freedom Hunters and Craig Hospital

It’s a beautiful warm Colorado fall day for fishing and archery, we have Wounded Warriors, Craig Hospital patients, alumni and family members. We have many ponds and boats so we will fish the banks and paddle around to cover a little more area. Everyone is having a great time whether they are catching fish or just enjoying the scenery. Many children and adults are also having fun at the archery range.

At mid-day we head to the barn for a special lunch donated by the Escoffier Culinary Academy from Boulder. They have been working with us through out the season. After lunch it is back to the ponds and archery range. It’s been a wonderful day for all. A big thanks to Austin Brown from Colderweather, Ashlen from Escoffier Culinary Academy and all the groups that participated today.

Bob Adwar
Humanitarian Chair
Denver Chapter Safari Club International

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

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.

Camping, Fishing, Boating and Hot Air Ballooning

July 29-30th
SCI Denver Chapter
Humanitarian Outreach Program
Camping, Fishing, Boating and Hot Air Ballooning at Eleven Mile Reservoir
Lake George, Colorado
Operation TBI, Freedom Hunters, Task Force ISO

We have 70 Wounded Vets, family members and volunteers camping at Eleven Mile Reservoir. We have a pontoon boat and fishing boat ready to take everyone on the lake for fish and sight seeing. People trickle in all afternoon, tents get setup, kids are playing and everyone is getting acquainted. The boats came back to the marina at 6:00. We meet at 7:00 for a group meeting about tomorrow’s hot air balloon rides which is sponsored by the Pikes Peak Balloon Society. We have dinner all prepared for everyone, it is a great evening. We have to be at the launch site a few miles away by 6:00 in the morning so everyone is thinking about some sleep.

The next morning everyone packs up and heads for the launch site which is in a giant valley near the lake. The pilots have coffee and pastries for us and are very well organized. Everyone signs in and are assigned pilots and balloons. There are 15 balloons of different sizes, colors and shapes. The balloons start launching around 8:00, it is an incredible sight South Park is a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains; everyone rides, spouses, kids and Vets. The smiles on everyones faces says it all!

After the flights, we all gather back at the launch site for a great lunch prepared by Pikes Peak Ballooning Society and talk about the history of ballooning and a ceremony for the first time passengers. The Pikes Peak Balloon Society members are very generous and caring, they have done a wonderful job of making sure everyone is having a great time.

A big thanks to everyone!

Bob Adwar
Humanitarian Chair
SCI Denver Chapter

Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing

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SCI Denver Chapter
Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing
For: Anglers of Honor, Operation TBI, Freedom Hunters and Task Force ISO

We are at our monthly fly fishing outing at Lincoln Hills for Wounded Vets. The Vets are all new to fly fishing except for one or two so we begin with instruction. Then it is time to suit up and head to the river with our guides. The water is fast but there are pockets and eddys where the trout will hold to get out of the current. We spread out on the river and begin fishing, a few of the Vets hook up with some monsters almost immediately. During the next few hours, everyone will catch fish and at 1:00 we head up to the clubhouse to a great lunch prepared by Lincoln Hills. We are on the deck located over one of the ponds with a beautiful view of the mountains. Everyone has had a great time, and a big thanks to the Lincoln Hills staff.

Bob Adwar
Humanitarian Chair
SCI Denver Chapter

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.

Colderweather Outfitters

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Denver SCI
Colderweather Outfitters
Firestone, Colorado

Today is a family fishing outing for Wounded Vets. We have Freedom Hunters, Operation TBI and Project Wounded Ego joining us. We will be fishing the ponds from the bank and we have rafts and sit on top kayacks. Everyone starts arriving around 9:00. Some have their own gear, and for those who don’t, we have plenty of loaners. We also have archery and an expert instructor for both adults and children.

It is a beautiful fall day in Colorado and everyone is having a great time. At 12:30 we all head up to the barn for a barbecue lunch and some good conversation and discussion about future fishing and hunting outings provided by SCI. We had approximately 100 people today and everyone will leave with a smile.

Bob Adwar
Humanitarian Chair – Denver SCI Chapter

Lincoln Hills

September 12, 2015

Denver SCI Chapter
Lincoln Hills
Blackhawk, CO

The stream is low and clear, the temperature perfect, the mountains beautiful and hopefully the trout big and plentiful. We have a group of wounded warriors from Freedom Hunters, Operation TBI and Project Wounded Ego. We start with small groups for some basic instruction on flies, casting and knot tying.Denver SCI at Lincoln Hills

After class we break up into groups with our guides on a one to one ratio. Everyone has their waders on and is given their rods and we spread out along the South Boulder Creek. We have a track chair to get one of the Vets into the middle of the creek fishing. Everyone is catching fish from 12″ to 20″.

At 1:00pm we head to the clubhouse for a gourmet lunch and some fish stories. Then a short talk and every Vet is given their own fly rod and reel compliments of Anglers of Honors. What a day!

Bob Adwar
Denver SCI Chapter – Humanitarian Chair

Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing

July 19, 2015
Denver Safari Club International
Craig hospital, Freedom Hunters, Operation TBI and Project Wounded Ego
Licoln Hills Fly Fishing
Blackhawk, CO

We have 30 wounded Vets and Craig hospital patients at Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing Club in the mountains of Colorado. We start with some basic instruction from the guides, then it is down to the river with the Vets and their guides, Craig Hospital patients with their guides and volunteers. Everyone catches some trout, halfway through the morning we put a patient in a tract chair and we take him to the river. The other Craig Hospital patients are at the pond. At 1:00 we head to the Clubhouse for a great lunch and conversation among everyone. It’s been a great day!

Bob Adwar
Denver SCI Humanitarian Chair

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.

Colder Weather Outfitters – June 2015

June 13, 2015
Colderweather Outfitters
Firestone, CO
 

Warm weather and clear skies greeted our guests this weekend at Firestone Colder Weather Outfitters for what proved to be our largest turnout of the year.  Temperatures reached 90 degrees and the intense Colorado sun pushed many of us into the barn for refreshments throughout the morning. For most of us, this was a nice change from several weeks of rainy, cold mornings.

Approximately fifty participants (veterans, families, and patients from Craig Hospital) enjoyed a day of fishing, kayaking, and floating in rafts guided by Peter Pauwels’, an experienced fishing guide and adaptive equipment specialist.  For the second outing in a row, the fishing turned out to be fantastic.  The water, although still high due to the inordinate amount of rain this spring, was relatively clear and the fish were hitting brightly colored grubs, worms, and Rapalas. This outing also showcased a special activity: archery instruction courtesy of the expert instructor Beau Thiry from No Limits Archery in Denver.  No Limits Archery has proven to be a popular indoor destination for our groups this year so it was a real treat to enjoy this sport and receive expert instruction outside under a clear blue sky. It was hard to get people off of the ponds for lunch; however, after some gentle persuasion, the group moved back to the barn and enjoyed burgers and hotdogs prepared by Mike Peterson of 4360 Barbecue.

Following lunch, several special volunteers spoke with our group about the humanitarian missions of Freedom Hunters, Wounded Warriors, Operation TBI, LIM359, and Adams County Veterans Services.  Each speaker shared some background about their organization, described their purpose, and highlighted services and activities available to veterans and people with special needs. Their comments and reflections reinforced the importance of these programs to those who participate and those who volunteer.  The speakers included Bob Adwar, Humanitarian chair of SCI, retired Lt. Colonel Dean Jones of Adams County Veterans Mentor Program, Rob Altenbernd of Operation TBI, and Gary Verrazano from Living in Motion 359.

Bob Adwar, Denver SCI Humanitarian Chair
Article by James Guthridge

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.