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Alberta Fish and Game Association seeks volunteer instructors and mentors

The AFGA seeks more volunteers for its youth and women’s programs

Program proposal

AFGA hopes to set up new youth and women’s programs

Calling all volunteers with outdoor expertise—the Alberta Fish and Game Association’s new programs chair wants to hear from you. While he’s only been in the role for six months, Calgarian Mark Anderson is hoping to expand the association’s program offerings, but that can only happen if more volunteers step up.

Currently, Anderson helps run the Youth Conservation Camp and Becoming an Outdoorswoman programs, which take place over alternating weeks throughout July at the Narrow Lake Conservation Centre, about a 90-minute drive north of Edmonton.

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Participants in the youth camp learn the fundamentals of ethical hunting and fishing, proper firearms handling, outdoor safety and survival skills on land and water. “They come away with a lot of different skills, and hopefully the confidence to survive in the wilderness or to whet their appetite for a bunch of different outdoor activities,” Anderson says.

The agenda is similar for the Becoming an Outdoorswoman program, but it’s tailored for females looking to get more angling and hunting experience. And while both programs are wildly popular, Anderson says the camp’s location makes it difficult for southern Alberta residents to attend.

The AFGA seeks more volunteers for its youth and women’s programs

As a result, Anderson would like to see another similar camp start up in the south of the province. There’s an existing camp near Crow’s Nest Pass that the AFGA could likely use, he says, but he needs people to help spearhead and run the program. “We have an awesome group of core volunteers who keep the Narrow Lake Camp operating,” he says. “I don’t know where I can find more people like that to get a southern camp started.”

Anderson says he’d also like the AFGA to offer more programming for new hunters. “Many people want to start hunting, but have no idea how to get started. I think there’s an opportunity to create a hunter mentorship program.”

Again, though, that idea requires more volunteers with the right skills and know-how. Anderson is encouraging anyone who would like to pass on their outdoor knowledge to the next generation of anglers and hunters to get in touch with the AFGA.

Learn more about the AFGA’s programs and positions at www.afga.org.

Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.