Hog Blog Spotlight – The Camouflaging Our Differences Program

February 11, 2016

One of the things I have always tried to do with this site is to identify and highlight great programs related to hunting and the outdoors.  I, obviously, haven’t done much in a while… but I’ll be working on changing that.  Here’s something now.

I’d heard a little bit about Camp Compass over time, but never really knew much about it. Then, this morning I got a press release about the program and a new video they’ve released.  While I really love the idea of the program that gets inner city kids exposed to the outdoors, the thing that caught me up in this particular message was the focus on using the opportunity to break through racial (and gender) barriers.

So, anyway, take 10 minutes and check out the video.  There’s a Go Fund Me campaign as well, if you feel inclined to chip in a little cash to the program.  Or maybe it’ll stir you to start or get involved with something similar yourself.


10 Responses to “Hog Blog Spotlight – The Camouflaging Our Differences Program”

  1. Hog Blog Spotlight – The Camouflaging Our Differences Program | on February 11th, 2016 09:19

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  2. Joshua on February 14th, 2016 09:24

    I wanted to post about this program — and Camp Compass — but, when I dug through their website, I couldn’t find any information on their board, their 501c3 status, or anything other than a couple of references to SCI, and sponsors.

    I’m not saying that a movement has to have these things to be worthy, but when they don’t, I get kinda nervous about to whom I’m giving money and support. Heck, I’d give money even if I knew that he was just taking a few kids hunting who wouldn’t otherwise get to go.

    However, I’m waaay more leery of the corporate connections, because I’m afraid they turn these types of “social justice” ideas solely to their advantage (like, putting the organization’s name to some ridiculous pro-industry proposal, like tax breaks and whatnot). We are getting burned here on the Delta with a fake Latino group that is really just a front for huge corporate ag. interests in the Central Valley. Corporate ag. gets our clean, fresh water, largely Latino communities get stuck with water they aren’t even allowed to drink (and boiling it makes it worse), and we lose iconic species to extinction.

    Do you have a way to allay my fears? I’m still going to post about it, but with a caveat, unless you’ve got an inside track I can share with folks about how good a guy he is, etc.

  3. Phillip on February 15th, 2016 09:09

    I don’t have a ton of info, to be honest. If you click the Donate button, it tells you on that page that they’re a 501c3, which can be validated on the IRS website (I checked). If you check Charity Navigator, they show up as “unrated”, which probably doesn’t do a lot to allay your concerns, but at least they don’t come up in a search for problem sites.

    You’d have to expect an organization like this to generate a lot of support from organizations and industry that supports hunting and firearms, since that is pretty much what Camp Compass is about. The industry would be foolish not to capitalize on a built-in PR opportunity like this.

  4. Joshua on February 15th, 2016 09:24

    Thanks, Phillip, for doing the extra legwork.

    There is a difference between an industry capitalizing on an opportunity, and creating an astroturf group as cover. My only lingering concern is that I can’t find a board. It may be that there is one board member, the guy who created this (which is fine by me), or it may be that the board is a bunch of industry types, in which case I’d be much less cool with it.

  5. Phillip on February 15th, 2016 12:19

    I’d suggest reaching out to Mr. Annoni and asking him directly, Josh.

  6. James on February 16th, 2016 16:54

    Good stuff! Very inspiring!

  7. john annoni on February 25th, 2016 10:56

    Whoa—-so glad you asked the really tough questions—now that I’m giving you the answers I hope you’ll contribute and i would love to personally send you your receipt for tax purposes. We have been a registered 501c3 since 2000 but started in 1994 under my school. I’ve been a teacher for 27 years–not a pro athlete that needs to move his money. You can always check for any charity information. Me and my volunteers’ work for children is very well documented. I’m not sure why you are so focused on a BOD but so you know my board of directors holds
    2 current teachers, 2 retired teachers and one school custodian–real people who understand real kid issues. I could actually use your scrutiny in the outdoor industry because a lot of the BS that is happening is because guys don’t get called on the carpet for not doing what they say they are doing.

    here is my life’s work

    wrote 2 books–i do all of this in my spare time away from teaching–hope you watched the documentary.
    don’t mind the questions if you don’t mind writing the check to help

  8. john annoni on February 25th, 2016 10:58

    Phillip thanks by the way for taking the time to get it!!!!!

  9. Phillip on February 25th, 2016 19:57

    Thanks for popping in with that information, John. And thanks for your program. I think it’s a good thing.

  10. Sonya White on March 6th, 2016 18:06

    I really wish there were programs like this where I live. Getting inner city kids into the great outdoors and there is no better way than hunting! I love Hog hunting and feel it kept me on the straight and narrow when I was a kid and it’s fantastic other kids will get this opportunity