Operation Orphans, Inc. will start its 59th season taking kids hunting Saturday, November 17. Over 50 boys are expected to participate. Seven foster and child residential facilities are planning to bring boys to hunt. The boys will be accompanied by volunteers who serve as guides. All guides will be subject to a background check and will have successfully completed a Hunter Safety Course. The groups will hunt on various ranches in the Hill Country. This program is offered free of charge to the participating children.
A hunt for girls was scheduled October 27 but had to be cancelled due to the extreme wet conditions. It was a difficult decision but no one wanted to further damage roads or get vehicles stuck in the mire.
Additional hunts are scheduled December 1 and January 12.
Operation Orphans, Inc. has taken over 19,000 boys and girls hunting and fishing since 1960. So many people and organizations have assisted through the years. The Mason Volunteer Fire Department and Mason Boy Scouts regularly assist with preparing and serving the very early breakfast meals. Other organizations such as The Sportsmen’s Club of Ft. Worth, Safari Club International/Hill Country Chapter, and Safari Club International/Houston Chapter have graciously donated supplies and funding. Without the ranches and caring individuals who serve as guides, donate clothing and offer financial assistance, this program could not continue. Operation Orphans, Inc. is a 501©(3) organization.
For additional information please visit the Operation Orphans website: www.operationorphans.org or contact camp supervisors, Jerry or Lyla Crouch, phone: 325.347.7306.