Smoldering Lake Outfitters have always been involved with helping terminally ill youth and wounded veterans enjoy the outdoors. Shortly after 9/11 we began hosting groups of veterans. Seeing the therapeutic value and impact these activities had on the veterans prompted us to do more.
Our veterans efforts grew into the establishment of The Veterans Afield Foundation 501c(3). The mission of VAF is to assist in the reintegration and healing process for combat veterans, gold star families and first responders, through therapeutic outdoor activities.
We are honored to grow with this program and humbled to be a part of activities that have such a positive impact of the lives of others.
Click on the Veterans Afield logo to find out more about VAF and ways you may support.
Kicking Bear, a registered 501(c)3 organization, is a nationwide youth outreach ministry that was founded in the year 1999 by world renowned bowhunter, Ray Howell, and is headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin. We use our summer campouts, adventure days, youth hunts, and year-round mentorship to reach underprivileged and at-risk youth and to let them know that God has a purpose for them, and that purpose is good. Many of these children would never have the opportunity to experience the outdoors and the sport of archery, had it not been for Godly men and women who stepped into their lives. By encouraging others to reach outside their homes and become mentors, we can help break the cycle of broken families and put dreams in these kids’ hearts that will change not only their lives, but their families’ lives to come.
We became involved with Kicking Bear and established a chapter here in Maine in 2007. The free camp is open to kids from ages 5 to 13. Families are encouraged to attend and bring children outside the home. Look for updates to Maine Kicking Bear activities and camps on our facebook page.
Click on the Kicking Bear logo to find out more about this great organization.