News & Events

by Eric St. Pierre, Illinois State Director

When you think of Illinois deer, you think about huge, hulking corn stuffed monsters. Our deer are well fed, and the amount of meat you can harvest off an Illinois deer could feed a small army, or maybe even the army of sportsmen who attended our CTO hunting weekend! We have had a surplus of food in the CTO trailer and freezer, and I wanted to get out all the old before it started going bad. The chips were already getting stale, but the salsa was still fresh. No problems there, right?

A problem we did have turned out to be the canned goods I always thought were vegetables. Instead, they turned out to be pie filling we had used for cobblers made in Dutch ovens. If you haven’t had the opportunity to try our cobbler, well, you’re missing out on a dessert that was handed down directly from God’s Kingdom.

by Eric 'Bear' St. Pierre, Illinois State Director

As we begin another fall season of harvesting God’s gifts, the CTO Guides made their way to Camp Wilroy (in between Hillsboro, Irving, and Coffeen, IL). The purpose of this event was to first of all, teach new volunteers how to work with safety harnesses, climbing ropes, and the dual stand systems we use at CTO. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the event allows these men to develop into a band of brothers in Christ. These men will come together spiritually to "Guide the next generation to Christ through the outdoors." The beginning of these life-changing relationships happens on this annual guide outing. This outing also gives the CTO Guides a chance to hunt at the beginning of the season without the constant concern of looking out for young men. This is CTO’s way of saying thank you to these men who give up so much of their own hunting season to make sure that the CTO Youth Sportsmen get the chance to be outdoors.

Check out the CTO Missouri fall/winter schedule for upcoming outings and events!

Congratulations to our winners of the 2014 CTO Missouri Youth Sportsman's Charity Raffle. All proceeds went to help young boys go to summer camp this year. Thank you to all who participated in this years Camp Scholarship Raffle.

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.

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.

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