I know that I am totally blessed and get to do a lot of cool stuff through no talent of my own. 

I get to conduct Outdoor seminars in Vegas at the SHOT Show, Safari Club International Conv., and all kinds of events from Texas up to Vegas and on up to Alaska. 

But getting to help at the Scooters Youth hunting Camp is hands down, the coolest event that I get to do all year and it is right here in little ole Idaho (Emmett). 

It would be a little bit of a drive for you but I guarantee you that the smile on your kids face would make it all worth while. 

Due to more than generous sponsors like, Smith’s Consumer Products, Riton Optics, Knives of Alaska, Spyderco, Swab-Its, Alps Mountaineering, Blue Lizard, Otis, 5.11, MyTopoMaps and wayyyy to many other companies to mention and volunteer help, the kids get to attend the camp for free.

I first got acquainted with SYHC years ago when my wife, which is a school teacher told me that she had signed up two kids for something called SYHC and I had to take them to it. It occurs the first Saturday in May. 

Spring time is magical in Idaho. Whistle pig hunting is in full swing, crappie fishing is red-hot, bear hunting is getting warmed up and what about Idaho’s #1 delicacy-The morel mushroom which is popping up!

 Well, I was doomed. She’d already signed me up. But, after attending the camp I was all in and have been a volunteer since I think 2004 or 2005. It is the coolest camp in the world and your kid would love it. In the beginning you mailed in a registration but it got so popular that we had to go to an online registration. It fills up with 250 kids in 1 minute and 47 seconds.

A few of the 

general rules.

• Kid must be 9-yrs. old by May 1st.

 • Kid must still be 16-yrs. old by May 1st .

• For info on how to register check out:


Here’s the camp format. Check in at the designated time. Say the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer is said and kids hit the stations.

There are 

six stations:


.• 22 RANGE





The kids hit a station and then re-group in the commons area and a seminar is given by a local Pro-staff member. They are great seminars. I always learn something at them. They then rotate to the next station.

Snacks are provided all day but at lunch a group of volunteers serve us hotdogs and burgers. The food is donated by local stores as well as the water, buns, chocolate milk and the list goes on. But the highlight for little Tommie is that HeBrews coffee in Emmett brings in a donut wagon. Not that I have frequent flying status with but I have my own donut lane and if anyone gets in the way of me and the cinnamon sugar donuts well, let’s just say, they’re going to be visiting Rob at the Survival station for medical attention.

Then at the end of the event we have what is Scott’s favorite time-The Kid’s Drawing! 

I know companies are in business to make money and they donate for advertisement and so forth but still, every year I am overcome by their generosity. 

The gifts the kids win aren’t rinky dink Chinese finger pulling toys. Nope, all manner of cool outdoor gifts are given out to the kids. Even hunts and fishing trips are given out.

To help support the camp there is a raffle table to raffle off a few donated items. Every year there are numerous items that I bid on. 

The raffle table alone is worth an adult coming for.

 I could write another 1,500 words but you get my drift. This is the coolest camp in the world. You ought to sign your kid up. Registration is on April 1. Good luck.

Tom Claycomb is a hunting enthusiast and writes a bi-monthly column for Winnemucca Publishing.