Outdoor Sporting Events
The transition from military to civilian life can be challenging. Leaving our respected units, as well as our friends and comrades who have ultimately been our support group for years, can be an overwhelming experience. We often wonder if we will ever share the same strong bonds with people we’ll meet. That’s where Veteran Adventures comes in. Its goal is to ease the transition into civilian life by providing a platform to forge relationships with like-minded veterans. In doing so, we hope to provide opportunities to build upon the same kind of strong comradery that we found while serving in the military.
The program uses wilderness expeditions and sporting events to provide participants with challenging and adventurous opportunities that build trust and communication, while also promoting an emotionally safe environment that encourages group support and vulnerability. Using team based challenges that promote camaraderie provides participants with a greater opportunity to be vulnerable and share personal issues that may be standing in the way of an effective transition from military to civilian life.
Veterans Deer Camp
Veterans and current service members get the chance to bow hunt whitetail deer on the pristine 3,100 acres of Touch of Nature Environmental Center during the fifth annual Veteran Adventures Deer Camp. This year's hunt will be held on December 7-9. While you're hunting you'll learn about some of the historical and educational components of deer hunting in Southern Illinois.