Support from Sportsmen's Club of Fort Worth Provides New and Improved Outdoor Programs for North Texas Youth, a Camp Fire First Texas blog

Thanks to generous funding from The Sportsmen’s Club of Fort Worth, Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro in Granbury, Texas, has expanded and improved facility equipment and activity programs. Such improvements allow the organization to provide even more exciting and engaging outdoor exploration opportunities to youth and their families who make the trek out to camp throughout the year.

Funding has seen two new archery ranges installed at Camp El Tesoro, allowing youth to learn safety and etiquette while growing their skills with a bow and arrow under the guidance of trained archery instructors. This activity is one that many campers have come to call a favorite.

The Sportsmen’s Club is also responsible for Lake Leo being stocked with fish, such as bluegill and bass. In 2022, Camp El Tesoro launched its first catch-and-release fishing program, where youth practiced casting, tackle selection, fishing etiquette, and safety precautions.

Vestal Odom, Camp El Tesoro Site Director, says fishing at Lake Leo has become one of the camp’s greatest attractions. “When you see the smiles on kids’ faces after they catch a fish, it’s really something,” he shares. “We’ve had many a happy kid catching fish down here – learning how to cast and bait hooks.”

Most recently, funding from The Sportsmen’s Club has made it possible for a dock to be constructed on Lake Leo.

By supporting Camp Fire First Texas, The Sportsmen’s Club is not only providing North Texas youth the opportunity to shoot a bow, catch a fish, and maneuver a canoe. Such support also provides the opportunity for youth to learn, thrive, and achieve whatever they set their minds to.

About Camp Fire First Texas

Camp Fire First Texas invests in North Texas communities by providing out-of-school time and outdoor learning programs for children and youth while also offering workforce development programs for early childhood educators. We envision a community in which every child has equitable access to the learning opportunities they need to succeed and thrive in a rapidly changing world.