COMMENTARY by Kendal Hemphill
July 25, 2016
PIKE on the Edge
July 25, 2016

It’s All About the Kids

I have witnessed perfection and lo and behold, it is indeed our beloved Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids charity. I wish every human being could attend one of these sacred events and see first-hand the sheer joy and effervescent glowing 100’s of kid’s eyes. The fiery positive spirit is palpable and perfect, and something very special that buoys hope for the future of America.

We just wrapped up the 26th annual sold-out year of our 501c3 nonprofit all volunteer charity Ted Nugent Kamp For Kids. This Nebraska event at the wonderful Walnut Creek Lake Park in Papillion Nebraska just outside Omaha may very well be the most positive guidance a child can get anywhere.

And believe me when I tell you that the giddiness is not exclusive to just the 100’s of gung-ho kids from 7 to 17 years of age. There is no doubt that every parent and volunteer wriggled and grinned with extreme excitement to be a part of it all.

Did I mention it was perfect?

The army of incredible volunteers represents exactly how God intended His miraculous creation in His image and likeness to function. These kind, generous, loving people from every walk of life give 100% of their heart, soul, spirit and energy to guide these kids straight up a TruNorth compass setting in life, and for this old goofy guitar player to be a part of it all is truly a highlight of my 67.7 year American Dream.

Celebrating our stimulating hands-on conservation outdoor lifestyle in every way possible, we enthusiastically teach the universally inspiring mystical flight of the arrow archery discipline, the aim small miss small firearms safety marksmanship discipline, the critical essentiality of hunting, trapping, fishing, slingshot fun, atlatl accuracy, hands-on woodsmanship and basic 1st aid and survival skills.

All this Life 101 reality is wrapped up in a powerfully unambiguous battle cry that happiness is only possible when you are clean and sober!

Clean and sober! Say Hallelujah!

Our NE Kamp, just like our phenomenal TNKFK events in Iowa, Colorado and South Dakota, only happens because an army of special people are eager to make serious sacrifices in their lives for the betterment of America’s youth.

A special thank you is certainly due to the 100s and 100s of volunteers over the years, and to each and every one of you, a sincere, double live Gonzo Uncle Ted Thank you, thank you, thank you! God bless each and every one of you and your families.

Super Americans Kevin and Sue Markt, Paul and Catherine Milone, Ward and Kyrsten Parker and so many in NE, Roger Bowen and team in IA, Carol Ashurst and Rose Long and team in CO, Bruce Cull and the National Field Archery Association in SD and a special Gonzo THANKYOU to all the generous people who donate to TNKFK over the years.

A huge Nuge SALUTE to Shikar Safaris for their generous and continuing support!

We sincerely thank and salute all the Shikar Safaris members, Full Draw Archery, IA Bowhunters Association, NE Bowhunters Association, National Field Archery Association, Sheels Sporting Goods, Mike and Cindy Tomcak, Grant Hoefener Memorial Fund, Orian Archery Club, Golden Arrow Archery Club, IA Chapter of the North American Foundation for Wild Sheep, NE Spine & Pain Center, Genesis Archery, Gold Tip arrows, Dr. & Mrs. Tim Burd, Erwin Kruse Memorial Game Feed, Saunders Archery, Armstrong Quality Home Improvement, ATV Motor Sports, 3M-Valley and the NE Walleye Association for all their generous donations and effort.

You people ROCK! SpiritWild BloodBrothers all!

Our IA, CO & SD Kamps are being organized right now for more upcoming summer Spirit of the Wild fun and education for America’s youth, and if you want to get involved, visit for all the glorious details. Donations are always welcome and dearly appreciated too!

As we celebrate this ultimate example of we the people perfection, we must also hang our heads in shame that for reasons of apathy and embarrassing and inexcusable politically correct disconnect, these life’s basics are not standard curriculum in the American education system.

Environmental awareness and responsibility without hunting, fishing and trapping is a lie.

Individual accountability without hands-on conservation and resource stewardship is a lie.

Perfection is rare indeed in this crazy, mixed-up, illogical world, but it is available as long as we the people who know better take the bull by the horns and get the job done!

Go ahead, do something perfect today! America needs it now more than ever! Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids is alive and well and America’s youth is being guided down the right path.

Aguila Cup, Texas Armament




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