For the past several years our local Pheasants Forever Chapter has been accepting applications from youth with life threatening illness and/or serious physical limitations then selecting a couple of the youth and hosting them and their family for a weekend of high quality hunting and outdoor experiences.
Though we try to find qualified youth from Elk and the surrounding counties, because that is where the majority of the funding comes from, we are open to youth from outside the surrounding area when more local youth are not available. So far we have hosted three qualified families from Elk County and one family from each Warren, McKean, Clarion, Forest, Butler and Bedford Counties. When the applications come in they are sanitized by the Foundation and sent on to a committee who evaluates each applicant based on their application and condition without knowing who the youth and family are.
Where you can help this great program along is by helping us find qualified youth who would enjoy a special weekend of hunting, fishing, etc. for themselves and their family. Some years, including this one, we seem to have a difficult time getting applications submitted. I have to believe that is only because the qualified youth and their families donít know about what we do or the opportunities it provides.
If you know of qualified youth, especially from Central and Western Pennsylvania please encourage them to take a look at the following links.
Even though much of the information may presently refer to us as Quail Forever that is just a temporary mistake from our National Headquarters and should be corrected soon. We are indeed North Central Pennsylvania Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 instead of Quail Forever.
The first link includes all of the application process and required forms. The other links just provide more information on what our chapter is all about. The links also includes information on how youth, from anywhere, can apply for our annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt.
Anyone with any questions concerning our youth programs is welcome to contact me.