PASS IT ON! OUTDOOR MENTORS
Pass It On! Outdoor Mentors does a LOT for kids and we love supporting them! You may have noticed some younger members of the crowd at several of our past banquets helping with the auctions and raffles... those were some of the Pass It On! mentees and their mentors!
About Pass It On! Outdoor Mentors
Matching caring adults with a passion for the outdoors with children that want to learn about the outdoors...that's what the Pass It On program is about in a nutshell. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to giving children the chance to experience the great outdoors!
Whether it is fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching, archery, hunting, shooting sports, sailing...or just about any other traditional outdoor activity, we work to provide opportunities for children to learn about them in a safe environment from mentors willing to share their time.
What began as an effort on the part of Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to bolster the ranks of hunters and fishers in 1999 has grown beyond the borders of Kansas to include activities in Alabama, Alaska, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Thanks to the tremendous support of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Pass It On program expanded in 2003 with pilot programs in Pennsylvania and Texas. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation played a significant role in making this happen as well.
The Pass It On program has proven to be an effective recruitment tool for BBBS agencies wanting to involve more men in their mentoring programs. It has proven to be an effective tool for introducing children to traditional outdoor activities. And now we are working to expand the program on a national basis. To make it happen, we are working to enlist the aid of BBBS agencies, conservation groups, and interested parties in the outdoor industry to become involved. We need volunteers and we need funding to make it all happen. If you or your organization would like to find out how you can be a part of Pass It On, contact Mike Christensen. Check out the links to Past Events to see the big smiles that result when Littles get a taste of the outdoors! And check out the Calendar to see events we have coming up!