News & Events

As we end our 2014 CTO camp season with an amazing fruitful summer, we enter into the upcoming hunting season with an unexpected incident, but know that God will use this for His purpose.

SAVE THE DATE! Plan to join CTO North Carolina on November 9th to welcome Jim and Eva Shockey as featured guests at the first North Carolina CTO state fundraising event.

by Eric St. Pierre, Illinois State Director

Summer camp 2014 was a year of  success on more than one level. The greatest success was seeing 2 young men come to Christ. They chose Jesus to be the leader of their lives and made a public proclamation in the form of baptism.

I wish I could take credit for what you are about to read but in reality the glory has to go to God! This year’s summer camp was held at Camp Cender in Fisher, Illinois. This location allowed for a lot of our activities to be in the same place reducing travel time and fuel expenses. Reducing the travel time was a major part of our summer camp plan this year. We wanted to allow the boys at camp to have more time building their relationship with God and spending more time studying His word, rather than being cramped up in vehicles traveling from place to place.

by Eric St. Pierre, Illinois State Director

Because of summer approaching and the best time of year for fishing we held our first Sportsmens’ Night Fishing Derby throughout May and June. The Youth were broken up into three teams: Bluegill Bombers, Bass Busters, and Crappie Cowboys. Each week the teams would work to catch the most fish for their team.

by Eric St. Pierre, Illinois State Director

Cross Trail Outfitters of Illinois has had the opportunity to visit two Champaign area churches this summer. One being First Christian Church (FCC) near interstate 57 and Curtis Road. The other being First Baptist Church of Champaign at Savoy (FBC), in Savoy, IL.

As the State Director of Illinois I really enjoy getting to share the ministry of CTO with the body of Christ. CTO is a very unique and effective ministry reaching new believers for the body of Christ. Sharing this ministry with other fellowships is always an exciting and uplifting experience.  As you would expect not every person at these churches is interested in hunting and fishing, but they are always interested to hear about the impact we are having on the community and the youth that God has entrusted to us.

by Janie St. Pierre, Staff Writer

Cross Trail Outfitters took part in the Vermilion County Gun, Knife, & Hunting Show. Along with enjoying the many exciting booths, our CTO youth hosted the archery range. Participants young and old went through range safety; including whistle commands and basic steps for shooting.  This was one of the first opportunities for our Trail of the Guide youth to step into their leadership roles.


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