The NWTF supports and works with the following organizations to deliver conservation education and outdoor skills development opportunities to youth across North America.
4-H Shooting Sports
The 4-H Shooting Sports program is dedicated to nurturing youth development through the shooting sports.
- The National Wild Turkey Federation has supported the growth of this program at the national, state and local levels since 1998, having invested more than $2.4 million in the program to date.
- The NWTF helps fund 4-H Shooting Sports programs, equipment purchases, events and projects across the country with Hunting Heritage Super Fund money.
- The NWTF supports the annual National 4-H Shooting Sports Training Workshop at the national level.
- 4-H Shooting Sports volunteers host shooting stations at NWTF JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) events in many states.
- 4-H Shooting Sports provides year-round opportunities for youth to practice the shooting skills they learn at JAKES events - making this program a valuable extension of NWTF's outreach efforts.
National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)
NASP is a joint venture of state departments of education and wildlife and is designed to promote student participation in archery by instructing 4th through 12th grade students in school physical education curriculums. More than 10,000 schools have adopted the program, which has reached 7.1 million students in 50 states and five countries.
- To date the NWTF has provided more than $1.1 million to support NASP.
- The Kentucky State NWTF Chapter supported NASP when it first began in Kentucky in 2001.
- In 2004, the NWTF began supporting the expansion of NASP nationally by helping fund regional training workshops.
- NWTF funding helps purchase equipment kits for local schools and also supports state-level programs and tournaments.
- Many of the early bows used in this program sport NWTF logo medallions.
The National FFA Organization (FFA)
The National FFA Organization is dedicated to developing agriculture leaders and preparing youth for careers in agriculture-related fields. There are more than 507,000 FFA members and 7,400 middle school and high school FFA chapters located in schools in all 50 states.
- The NWTF became a national sponsor of FFA in 1998.
- The NWTF has since participated in 10 National FFA Convention and Career Shows in various capacities, and supports state FFA conventions and competitions.
- The NWTF funds one $5,000 national FFA scholarship annually for an outstanding FFA student who hunts and is planning a career in a natural-resource-related field. FFA administers this scholarship.
- FFA chapters have participated in regional habitat programs and wild turkey releases and have helped coordinate and/or participate in JAKES events as part of their curriculum requirements.
- FFA advisors have helped start and some lead local NWTF chapters.
For more information about the winner of 2010 National FFA Scholarship sponsored by the NWTF click here.
Boys Scouts of America (BSA)
BSA is one of the nation's largest and most prominent youth development organizations.
- The NWTF has partnered with BSA on the local level in many states through the JAKES program for many years.
- The NWTF Conservation Challenge badge recognizes scouts who earn the shotgun, rifle, archery and fish and wildlife merit badges, and earn their hunter education certification.
- The NWTF and BSA piloted the Conservation Challenge badge program in partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at Camp Knox in June of 2009.
- Overall BSA camp attendance and participation in shooting sports and conservation activities at Camp Knox nearly tripled due in large part to the enthusiasm generated by the new badge program.
- The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies awarded a grant to the NWTF to further field test the Conservation Challenge badge program in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida at BSA summer camps in 2010 and to promote it nationwide at the BSA Jamboree during the summer of 2010 and through BSA summer camp programs through 2012.