SCI believes that providing opportunities to share the hunting heritage with youth is a vital part of continuing that heritage for future generations. SCI is committed to promoting outdoor activities, hunter education, apprentice hunter experiences and youth leadership development through its varied programs at the international level as well as at the grassroots level through its many chapters.
To find youth hunting activities in your area, check with your local SCI chapter, watch for announcements in the Safari Times, or contact the SCIF Education Department about one of the programs listed below.
The International Wildlife Museum
Learning will become a wild adventure with programs from the International Wildlife Museum. Take the virtual tour to see highlights of the museum’s 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe. Some of the collections are more than 100 years old!
Next, explore the Museum’s exhibits insect collection and browse the Photo Gallery of animals photographed on the grounds of the International Museum. You can discover and learn more about wildlife through the Museum’s Educational Programs.
If you are able to visit SCI’s International Wildlife Museum in person, you can discover the diverse wildlife of the world through programs designed by the museum educators and taught by staff or trained docents. Summer camps provide week-long wildlife encounters. In addition, area schools and day care centers visit the museum for informative and fun field trips year round.
Apprentice Hunter Programs
Over 2,000 students have attended one of the recognized Apprentice Hunter Programs established for the purpose of introducing young people into hunting, many for the first time. Hunter education, ethics and safety are included in the programs. SCIF recommends two locations in 2008:
• The Midwest Apprentice Youth Hunter Program, Willow Lake Lodge, Three Rivers, Michigan
• Texas Apprentice Hunting Camp for youth and women, at the Indianhead Ranch, Del Rio, Texas
Read about the fun that can be had outdoors.
• Two cousins discover a new way to get monster carp in "Bow Fishing Tales".
• Devin''s first hunt is more like two hunts in one in "Devin''s Double Pinch".
The SCI Record Book of Trophy Animals is an all-inclusive record keeping system documenting the hunting heritage. Learn how to submit a trophy entry and file a Hunt Report. See Record Book Minimums to view statistics and photos of entries in SCI’s Record Book.
SCI & Cabela''s Young Hunter Award
Every year, SCI awards several qualified Youth Hunter members with their very prestigious Young Hunter Award. To view criteria on SCI & Cabela''s Young Hunter Award and to meet this year’s SCI & Cabela''s Young Hunter Award recipients, visit SCI’s World Hunting Awards.
American Wilderness Leadership School Student Workshops
The ultimate way to spend a week in the great outdoors! The American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS-West), located near Jackson, Wyoming, offers one student session each summer for ages 15-18. Student sessions provide successful applicants with challenging experiences in the fields of wildlife ecology, management and conservation. Additionally, there are classes covering firearms safety, fly tying, wilderness survival, archery, indoor climbing wall, outdoor interpretive techniques, Project WILD and outdoor ethics. Enroll now!
SCIF has provided $236,456 in scholarships since its inception to college students who have enrolled in natural resource management or conservation education related fields.
SCIF has two conservation scholarship award programs available. For more information, visit the appropriate undergraduate scholarship link below:
Upper-Level College Scholarship
4-Year Conservation Scholarship
Safari In A Box
Tell your teacher about this interactive educational tool for your classroom! Safari In A Box is a K-12 education kit, produced and promoted by SCIF Sables, designed to provide exciting, hands-on learning. It gives teachers and others who work with young people resources and ideas to introduce youth to important concepts of habitat, wildlife management and impacts resulting from human and wildlife interactions. If you want to locate a Box in your area, please email the Sables office at email@example.com.
More SCI Links
SCI Foundation funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation. Take a look at some of the ways SCIF is working to help wildlife.
This section will provide information on SCI’s efforts outside of the U.S. Visit international chapters, learn about international conservation efforts, traveling abroad and much more.
SCI is involved at all levels of government – from state and local to national and international. Find out where we stand and how to get involved.