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special report
Mentor father John cooks dinner with
Spencer and Jacob. Below: Mentor father Robert helps Derriquon land a fish.

The NRA Foundation
Supports Fathers
In the Field

memories with, and learn important lessons from, their fathers.
It's a very real problem with some
startling consequences. According to such
sources as the .. Department of Health
and Human Services, the National Principals Association and the .. Department of Justice,  percent of adolescent
murderers and  percent of the nation's
rapists grew up without fathers. Children
from fatherless homes account for 
percent of youth suicides,  percent of
runaways or homeless kids,  percent of
youth sitting in prisons and  percent of
high school dropouts.
This amounts to a troubling and accelerating trend, but there is one organization
out there taking an active role in stemming
the tide. That organization is Fathers in the
Field, and we-along with our members
and friends-are doing our part to support
them through a grant funded by The 
Foundation.
Fathers in the Field was launched eight
years ago by John Smithbaker, a man whose
own father left him while he was still in his
mother's womb. Smithbaker knows all too
well the pain and confusion a fatherless boy
must contend with, but he was fortunate
enough to have an uncle who introduced
him to hunting and fishing. Smithbaker
acknowledges that the relatively small
amount of time his uncle spent with him
in the outdoors made a huge difference in
his life.
Fathers in the Field works with churches
across the country to identify salt of the

I

n the  years I've been with the ,
I cannot begin to tell you how many
people I've talked with who have told
me that their earliest, fondest memories are of times spent hunting, shooting
or fishing with their fathers. There may
be no greater classroom for an energetic
young boy than the great outdoors, and
no greater teacher than his father. It is in
the field where a boy learns to appreciate
nature, to value conservation, to responsibly handle and respect firearms, and,
whether he realizes it at the time, where
he begins to understand the importance
of the Second Amendment.

But what about the boy who grows
up without a father? What about the boy
who, through no fault of his own, has no
male authority figure in his life to take him
hunting or fishing, to introduce him to the
values that can only be learned afield?
Sadly, that boy is becoming increasingly
common all across our great nation-not
just in urban areas, but in suburban and
rural communities as well. According to
the .. Census Bureau, some  million
children are growing up fatherless in
America. That means somewhere in the
neighborhood of  million boys are growing up without the opportunity to build
  ❘

 ❘  .

Photos: Julie Cornia and John Smithbaker

By H. Wayne Sheets, NRA Foundation Executive Director


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