SCI Foundation Board Member Paul Babaz, left, and Executive Director Bob Benson, second from right, recently joined a leadership team from the Boy Scouts of America at the famous Philmont Scout Camp in Cimarron, New Mexico. The group toured much of the majestic 137,000-acre ranch and met to solidify a growing partnership. The leadership team outlined a work plan to define how the two groups will work to collaborate in the future. Look for the Boy Scouts at this year’s SCI Convention in Reno, Nevada.
The SCI Alabama Chapter brought the Sensory Safari display to the Central Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts annual Tiger Cub Safari Day at the Birmingham Zoo on October 7, 2012. Chapter members Carol and Rick Clark, Bubba Dees, Jonathan Lehr, and John and Diann Chitwood greeted hundreds of Scouts and their families. They invited them to touch an elephant’s foot and tail, stroke the fur of fox and bobcat, howl with the coyote, and feel the skins of many African species. They introduced them to new animals–the suni, duiker and steinbuck. The Scouts and adults marveled at the skulls of lion, baboon, javelina and jackal, the leg of an ostrich, and the vertebrae and leg bone of a giraffe. Thanks to the Lion King movie, many were excited to correctly identify the hyena and “Pumbaa,” the warthog. The crowd favorites seemed to be the alligator head, which produced a lot of photos of kids with their arms in the gator’s mouth, and the pair of zebra hooves.
Several of the Boy Scout officials came to thank us and said that once again we were the hit of the event, but we thanked them for the opportunity to be a part of their day. Our members had as much fun as the Scouts.
Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) and the Boy Scouts of America Foundation (BSAF) are proud to announce the Inaugural Sporting Clays Shoot in Reno, Nevada on January 22, 2013 at Sage Hill Clay Sports. All proceeds will go to support the mission programs for SCI Foundation and BSAF. [Important driving directions]
“Our inaugural sporting clays shoot is a wonderful opportunity to highlight our vital missions of youth leadership and sustainable-use conservation,” said SCI Foundation President Joe Hosmer. “We know that the sporting clays course will also be a star-studded event with Olympic medalists and avid clay shooters.”
The Boy Scouts serve nearly three million youth annually and award more than 200,000 shooting sports achievements yearly. The SCI Foundation promotes education, wildlife conservation and humanitarian services worldwide. SCI Foundation has donated well over $50 million in support of its vital projects and programs since 2000.
“As hunters and conservationists, we know that educating the next generation of outdoorsmen is vital,” said SCI Foundation Vice President Roman Deville. “Our partnership with BSAF will make a positive step forward to bring together our two great organizations.”
“We hope anyone visiting Reno for the SCI Convention, local businesses and any interested hunters will join us on January 22 at Sage Hill Clay Sports. With everyone’s support, the sporting clays shoot will become an incredible success,” concluded Hosmer.
Participation by any individual and contribution to the event at any level is appreciated. Every financial contribution makes a positive difference worldwide for conservation, outdoor and civic leadership.
Make your reservation to join SCI Foundation and BSAF for the Inaugural Clays Shoot by contacting Kimberly Byers at the SCI Foundation Headquarters at (520) 620-1220, ext. 322 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safari Club International Foundation and Boy Scouts of America National Foundation are 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.