American Rifleman - December 2013 - 93

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n the 40 years I've been with
the NRA, 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 afi eld?
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 U.S. Census Bureau, some
24 million children are growing
up fatherless in America. That
amounts to somewhere in the
neighborhood of 12 million boys
growing up without the opportunity to build memories with, and
learn important lessons from, their
fathers.
It's a very real problem with some
startling consequences. According
to such sources such as the U.S.
Department of Health and Human
Services, the National Principals
Association and the U.S. Department
of Justice, 72 percent of adolescent
murderers and 60 percent of the
nation's rapists grew up without
fathers. Children from fatherless
homes account for 63 percent of
youth suicides, 90 percent of runaways or homeless kids, 85 percent
of youth in prisons and 71 percent of
high school dropouts.
This amounts to a troubling and
accelerating trend, but there is

Photos courtesy of Fathers in the Field

Launched eight years ago by John Smithbaker (opposite, l.), Fathers
in the Field is now operating in 30 states and is making a tremendous
impact in the lives of fatherless boys across the country. The program
partners a fatherless youth, a "Field Buddy, with a "Mentor Father,
"
"
who introduces the young person to outdoor activities.

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
NRA 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-earth outdoorsmen who can serve as "Mentor
Fathers" to local fatherless boys,
or "Field Buddies," who are
identified through single mothers. Each Mentor Father takes on
a three-year intentional commitment to nurture his Field Buddy by
regularly taking him to church or
Sunday school and by introducing
him to outdoor activities such as
hunting and fishing.

Smithbaker has grown Fathers in
the Field from what was basically a
one-man operation in Wyoming to
an organization now operating in
30 states. And the group is making
a tremendous impact in the lives of
fatherless boys across the country
and, in turn, doing its part to cure a
great ill seizing our nation. With the
help of The NRA Foundation grant,
Fathers in the Field is moving ever
closer to its goal of operating in
every state. In the shorter term, The
NRA Foundation's grant will allow
Fathers in the Field to reach 1,000
additional Mentor Father/Field
Buddy pairs.
NRA members, hunters and
outdoorsmen who share our values
are invited to partner with us as
we support Fathers in the Field
in this great battle for the hearts,
minds and souls of boys who would
otherwise be left behind and likely
turned against the traditional
values we all hold dear. You can
visit fathersinthefield.com to
learn more about the organization,
lend your support, get your church
involved with Fathers in the Field or
sign up to be a Mentor Father yourself. Together, we can use our time
and talents to be a powerful source
of good. A relatively small commitment can make a huge difference in
the life of a fatherless child.
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