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Please don’t kick the Bear!

“So, where is the bear we get to kick,” my pastor said in jest, never having heard of Ray L. Howell or his Kicking Bear Camps. He was looking forward to all the activities listed on the agenda for the weekend camp the church was hosting. “Tomahawk throwing, 3-D archery, tug of war, relay races, swimming, marshmallow fight. All in one day,” he questioned. “On Saturday a NASP/Centershot tournament, with camping, food, activities, trophies and bow giveaways. All free?”  “Yes, Pastor, don’t worry Pastor, we have this all planned and paid for already,” I replied.

Ray Howell’s Kicking Bear Camps have been going on around the country since it began in 1999 when Howell, a renown bowhunter, had a life-changing encounter with God. Being a foster child growing up, Ray was inspired to give back by using the bow and arrow to reach kids and give them hope in life. His motto is: “Put a bow in a kid’s hand and lead their family to the Lord, one on one.” His adventure camps are so popular that one camp in Ohio drew nearly 1000 children with their mentors and family members. Kicking Bear also encourages mentors to take these young people on hunting, fishing, and other outdoor adventures. Kicking Bear has also sponsored veterans’ trips to encourage those who have sacrificed so much for our nation.


Ray and his wife Karen reside in La Crescent, MN. They are traveling to Michigan on July 26-27 to co-sponsor a camp in Roscommon with Centershot Ministries at Bambi Lake Camp. To register for this camp, go to and scroll down to the link. Ray’s website is To learn more about Centershot Ministries, go to

There will not be a bear to kick, but if you come and don’t have fun at the FREE camp, we will give your money back!

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