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The Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association has announced the recipients of its 2022 Kermit Henning Youth Education Grants.

Fourteen organizations have received over $9,000 in grants for programs aimed at getting youth outdoors and educating them about valuable natural resources across the state.

The educational grants honor the memory of Kermit Henning, a lifetime member and past President of POWA. Kermit’s dedication was a driving force behind POWA’s annual Youth Education Grant Fund awards, which have supported outdoor youth education opportunities across the state. For more than 35 years, POWA has contributed to conservation camps, field days, fishing derbies, educational activities in schools and shooting programs, among others.

POWA’s Youth Scholarship Fund is funded primarily through the annual athlete auction held in February at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg. This year’s scholarships were also funded by a Sporting Clays and Wobble Trap Shoot in April at Martz’s Gap View Hunting Preserve in Dalmatia, Pa., with sponsorship from White Flyer Targets.

To date, POWA has raised and distributed over $434,000 to fund educational opportunities for youth. Next year’s auction is scheduled for Sunday February 12, 2023 at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg.

POWA not only serves as the state’s only professional organization for writers, photographers, artists, broadcasters, and bloggers dedicated to educating Pennsylvanians about the wise use and management of natural resources and outdoor recreation, but also includes the promotion of outdoor Education as well as POWA’s awareness and appreciation of our natural resources and outdoor heritage.

To learn more about POWA membership visit: paoutdoorwriters.com or contact Executive Director Paula Piatt at [email protected]

This year’s award recipients include:

  • Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited, DuBois, Pa., $700, for its annual Clearfield County Youth Field Day, which invited 150-200 children ages 7-14 for a day of fishing, shooting, creek activities, boating, canoeing, and safety in the attracts outdoors.
  • Jefferson County Youth Field Day, Sigel, Pa., $700, for its annual free event that gives youth an opportunity to have fun and develop new skills by participating in target shooting, archery, canoeing and other skill stations.
  • Cameron County Youth Outdoor Activities, Emporium, Pa.; $700; to support youth programs such as the Hunt for the Youth and the Fish Festival, which attracts more than 125 youth each year.
  • Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association, Coplay, Pa., $700 to support a Bluebird Trail/nesting box education project for a local environmental science class and spring youth scavenger hunt along the Lehigh River.
  • Blue Ridge Rifles Muzzleloader Club, Orwigsburg, Pa., $200 for youth shooting at the club’s Memorial Day Rendezvous, allowing the club to waive all youth fees.
  • Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, West Chester, Pa. $700 to support its youth programs, including scholarships for students ages 4-15 at their Summer Nature Camps.
  • Camp Compass, Allentown, Pa., $700, an organization dedicated to introducing urban middle and high school students to a variety of outdoor activities and giving them opportunities to experience and participate in the outdoor lifestyle.
  • Capital City Bassmasters, Landisburg, Pennsylvania, $700 for the annual Leukemia and Four Diamonds Fishing Derby for children with leukemia, the Capital City Junior Bassmasters program and Casting for Kids events throughout central Pa.
  • Dauphin County Parks and Recreation, Harrisburg, Pa., $700 to support summer nature day camps at Wildwood Park that provide environmental education to schoolchildren.
  • Monroe County Youth Field Day, Kresgeville, Pa., $700, for its annual Youth Field Day, which attracts over 200 children ages 8 to 14 to receive educational demonstrations, fishing, firearm safety and conservation information.
  • Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Millersburg, Pa., $700 to support its Junior Naturalist Camps, where children explore nature and keep journals of their discoveries.
  • Schuylkill County Sportsmen’s Association Youth Field Day, Pottsville, Pa., $700 for its many programs, including the annual Youth Field Day, which includes free activities for youth including fishing, canoeing, trapping, archery, black powder shooting, airgun, forestry, and trapping.
  • Wildlife Leadership Academy, Lock Haven, Pa., $700; for tuition grants for his week-long Summer Field Schools for high school students. The schools focus on individual species but are used as stepping stones to study ecological concepts and management issues.
  • York Area Sportsmen For Youth, New Freedom, Pa., $700 for its Youth Field Day, which attracts 200 area children to a day of outdoor and conservation education.