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Youth adventures wait in Boerne


BOERNE ...The Texas Hill Country is home to many summer youth programs, but the Youth Outdoor Adventure Program (YOAP) at Joshua Creek Ranch offers a totally unique 10-day curriculum aimed at raising youth awareness of the important role of sportsmen in wildlife and habitat conservation. Much focus is placed on safe, responsible and ethical conduct while handling shotguns, rifles, bows, and arrows.

The summer of 2012 marks the 19th year that Joshua Creek Ranch instructs boys and girls 8-15 years old in shotgun shooting, fly fishing, archery, upland game bird identification, tracks and traps, basic outdoor survival skills, and Hunter Education Certification for Ages 9 +. The program includes demonstrations and seminars hosted by trappers, game wardens, wildlife biologists, taxidermists, and local sheriff’s deputies. Participants are also given the opportunity to experience an optional Axis hunt for a doe or a buck, making it possible for them to take part in the management of the expanding Axis herds. For many, it will be the very first Axis buck or doe that the youth will harvest.

To ensure the safe handling of shotguns and rifles and safe conduct during water sports, the counselor to participant ratio is a 1-4 or 5. Several of the counselors are professional guides that conduct upland bird hunts during the hunting season.

The Joshua Creek Outdoor Adventure Program is all about outdoor knowledge and skill building; safe, responsible, and ethical conduct; and having fun! Reservations are still available for the sessions that run through August. There are still a few openings. The youngster will experience ten days of skill building and confidence, as well as fun, great memories and new friendships.

Joshua Creek Ranch, located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, is nestled on an isolated stretch of the pristine Guadalupe River - just 40 minutes Northwest of San Antonio International Airport.

For more information or to reserve space in the Youth Outdoor Adventure Program visit or call 830-537-5090.

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