What is J.A.K.E.S.?
The J.A.K.E.S. (Juniors, Acquiring, Knowledge, Ethics, and Sportsmanship) program is designed for youth ages 17 years and younger.
J.A.K.E.S. Events give youth the opportunity to learn about the traditions of hunting, habitat management, ethics, safety and regulations and knowledge and tools to take into the outdoors. Our events feature hands-on learning stations designed for young hunters to experience the outdoors with their friends, family, and community.
An Xtreme JAKES Program is geared to offer more challenging and age-appropriate activities to appeal to teenagers.
The NWTF recognized the Red Rock Chapter on February 25, 2007, for hosting one of the “Outstanding JAKES Events for 2006”. The chapter received an award for Best Overall Event for 151-250 JAKES participants. The event was judged on presentation, quality of learning stations, state/federal agency involvement, newspaper/TV coverage, corporate/community sponsors, special activities and J.A.K.E.S. participants.
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Dedication to Conservation Earn Local Youth NWTF Scholarship
NWTF scholarships are set up to benefit youth with a commitment to conservation and preserving the hunting tradition, and recipients may pursue any type of degree they wish. The scholarship program is part of the NWTF’s Five-Star program, making $500,000 available each year to graduating seniors throughout the U.S. by awarding more than 800 scholarships annually. To date, the NWTF has awarded more than $3.6 million through the scholarship program.
Applicants for the scholarship must be licensed hunters to be eligible. They are judged on their scholastic achievements, leadership abilities, community involvement and demonstrated commitment to conservation. The winners of the local chapter scholarship are then eligible for the $1,000 state award and finally, state winners are eligible for the NWTF’s $10,000 national scholarship.
“The NWTF is proud to provide scholarships for students who have proven their dedication to conservation and acted as leaders in their schools and communities,” said NWTF CEO George Thornton
The NWTF is a national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1973 and has worked with wildlife agencies to restore wild turkey populations from 1.3 million wild turkeys to nearly 7 million today. Now, NWTF’s volunteers raise funds and work daily to improve critical wildlife habitat, increase access to public hunting land and introduce new people to the outdoors and hunting. Together, the NWTF’s partners, sponsors, and grassroots members have raised and spent more than $372 million preserving our hunting heritage and conserving 17million acres of wildlife habitat.
For more information, contact Dale Butler at 570-298-2438, call 1-800-THE-NWTF or visit www.nwtf.org.
About the NWTF
The National Wild Turkey Federation is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage.
Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of essential habitat for all types of wildlife.
The NWTF works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and its outreach programs – Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.
The NWTF was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C. According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history. To learn more, visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.