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Illinois’ Carroll County PF Chapter Honored for Youth Focus

Pheasants Forever has recognized the Carroll County Pheasants Forever chapter with the No Child Left Indoors® national award for that group’s youth focus in 2012. The distinction is presented to one PF chapter annually for efforts in introducing youth to the outdoors and bringing along the next generation of hunters and conservationists.

The Carroll County PF chapter has made a long-term commitment to getting youth and their families outdoors. It has consistently been in among the top 10 chapters, including number one for several years, in expenditures on youth conservation education.

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Cheryl Riley, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Education and Outreach, presents the No Child Left Indoors to Chuck Quanstrom, President of the Carroll County PF chapter.

In 2008, the chapter launched the Carroll County Longspurs, a youth group centered around shooting sports with goals that focus on developing self-confidence, initiative, commitment, responsibility, leadership and teamwork. This group of young conservation leaders works closely with the chapter on its annual banquet, fundraising events and habitat projects. The chapter awards conservation scholarships annually, and is supporting a new member to Pheasants Forever’s National Youth Leadership Council, Parker Bates.

Since its formation, the Carroll County PF chapter has underwritten and hosted the county’s hunter safety courses. Along those youth shooting lines, the chapter hosts weekly skeet shooting for six consecutive weeks open to all FFA members from the three high schools in the county. Perhaps what says most about the chapter’s devotion to youth is that it’s the only PF chapter that claims a youth mission statement: Perhaps our most important conservation project is not the native grasses and food plots we put into the ground. It is our youth who follow behind us. If they do not learn about the outdoors and how to nurture, love and enjoy it all our fields will go fallow.

Pheasants Forever’s No Child Left Indoors® initiative is carried out through youth habitat projects, youth and family community events and youth outdoor education programs hosted by chapters and volunteers across the country.

Get ‘em Outdoors is written by Cheryl Riley, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Education and Outreach. Email her at CRiley@pheasantsforever.org

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