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YES program is accepting applications

Published November 16. 2013 09:28AM

Applications are being accepted from current high school sophomores and juniors for participation in the Youth Education Summit sponsored by the National Rifle Association, which will be held Monday-Sunday, June 23-29, in Washington, D.C.

Each year 45 qualifying students from across the United States are chosen to travel to the nation's capital, where they participate in the weeklong educational opportunity. YES encourages young adults to become active and knowledgeable U.S. citizens by learning about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the federal government and the importance of being active in civic affairs.

Activities on the schedule include guest speakers at NRA Headquarters and the National Firearms Museum, competitive debates with other high school students from across the nation, informative tours at historic sites and monuments in and around Washington, D.C., and meeting national leaders from Capitol Hill and around Washington, D.C. In addition to the week in Washington D.C., YES participants compete for $30,000 in college scholarships.

First-round awards total $15,000 and are given at the conclusion of the YES program. A second round of scholarships is comprised of $15,000 and involves a second application, available to the participants after they go through the YES program.

Since the program's inception in 1996, more than 700 students have graduated from YES and more than $400,000 in scholarships has been awarded. Entry into the program requires submission of a completed application form, high school transcript, three-page essay on the Second Amendment, one-page personal statement, and three letters of recommendation.

Information on the NRA Youth Education Summit is available by calling 1-800-672-3888, ext. 1351, or by email at


A trap shoot to benefit the Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League Toys for Tots is being held by Bears Head Sportsman's Association, located off exit 134, Interstate-81, Delano, Sunday, beginning at noon. A complimentary round of trap will be provided for each new, unwrapped, gift suitable for boys or girls ages 3-15 donated, and food will be provided by the BSHA.


Pennsylvania's official all-time ranking of trophy big-game animals has been updated for 2013 and is available for sale from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Containing nearly 200 new entries, the "Pennsylvania Big Game Records" has a new feature with entries from the 2012-13 hunting seasons appearing in bold type to show where they rank on the all-time list.

Copies of the 2013 Pennsylvania Big Game Records book are available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission online at The Outdoor Shop,, or by calling 1-888-888-3459, or mailing remittance to: PA Game Commission, Dept. MS, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, Pa. 17110-9797. Copies are $5, plus shipping and handling, and Pennsylvania residents also pay 6 percent sales tax.


Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410-AM WLSH, at 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM and on the Web at by clicking the link to the program, features Pennsylvania Game Commission bear biologist Mark Ternent.


Due to the influx of invasive crayfish species, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has proposed rulemaking to restrict the sale, introduction and transportation of all live crayfish in Pennsylvania. As part of the proposal, licensed anglers would be permitted to harvest a maximum of 50 crayfish per day for fishing and consumption as long as the heads are removed behind the eyes upon capture.

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