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Youth Outdoor Adventure Program
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 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.
Since 1992, right here at the merge of beautiful Joshua Creek and the Guadalupe River, boys and girls ages 9 to 16 spend a week at this sportsmen’s paradise learning shotgun and rifle shooting, archery, fly fishing and water sports like canoeing and kayaking.
They'll put their sporting skills to work shooting clay and live birds, hunting exotic big game trophies, skinning and processing their game harvest, trapping predator species, navigating the Guadalupe River in kayaks, camping out on the river and cooking a wild game dinner. All this in the natural habitat of the Hill Country complete with refreshing swimming and tubing in the spring-fed Joshua Creek and Guadalupe River.
The program includes demonstrations and seminars hosted by professional trappers, game wardens, wildlife biologists, taxidermists, and local sheriff’s deputies.
Kids aged 9+ receive their Hunter Education Certification.
This Hill Country program is all about outdoor knowledge and skill building; safe, responsible, and ethical conduct; AND having fun in the outdoors. Each week -long session is limited to four participants to give plenty of time to learn, practice and refine sporting skills and to ensure successful hunting. Your child is going to love it!
"After just two years out at this wonderful lodge in the little town of Welfare, Texas, I have had some of my best summer memories and experiences of my life. Interaction with shotguns and rifles at a younger age through Joshua Creek's summer program has strengthened my respect for these weapons. Engaging with such an amazing set of staff members those weeks were such a blessing." – Morgan McMillian
Pre-registrations are now being accepted for all sessions of “YOAP” 2013
-$5,990 per participant includes the opportunity to hunt with a rifle and/or bow and harvest two Axis doe and one exotic trophy sheep or goat (New Zealand Goat, Catalina Goat, Marino Ram, Corsican Ram, Painted Ram, Black Hawaiian Ram, or Texas Dall Ram);
-$6,990 per participant includes the opportunity to upgrade the exotic trophy to an Axis Buck, Mouflon Ram, Aoudad Ram, Blackbuck, Hybrid Ibex, or Pere David Deer. Additional exotic trophies can be arranged upon request and for an additional fee
-Price includes loaner guns, fly rods, flies, bows and arrows, ammo, instructor fees, lodging and meals.
YOAP EXTREME 2013 DATES
Session A Girls grades 6-9 June 16-22
Session I Boys grades 6-8 June 23-29
Session II Boys grades 8-10 July 7-13
Session III Boys grades 7-9 July 21-27
Session IV Boys grades 5-7 August 4-10
Limit of 4 participants per session
(*Other dates can be made available if a group of 4 boys or 4 girls agree to come together.)