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By Bobbie McCreary


January 23, 2007

We GREATLY appreciate the considerable reduction in vandalism at the paintball park on Revilla Road. It appears there has been no shooting of the barrels or burning of the barricades in many months. The youth members of the Hot Shots League will be working this Spring to improve the park and ready it for a busy spring and summer season.

Do you know someone who has a trailer or a motor home that could be donated or rented to Ketchikan Youth Initiatives (a 501(c)3 non profit corporation) for the season? Arranging for someone to live on site allows us to leave the special paintball safety net installed, thus saving over an hour of hard work to put it up and take it down each time we use the field. This will also allow the field to be used SAFELY.

We have a generous offer by Chas Edwardson to provide a carpentry class at UAS this Spring to build a covered deck next to the trailer, and to improve the trailer if it is donated. This will help us manage rental and maintenance of equipment and keep our guests dry between games.

During the summer we will have a young adult serving as field manager as a full-time paid position. This person will manage the use of the field, train and oversee field referees and promote group sales (to groups of 20) particularly for crews from the cruise ships and local organizations. These groups will be our primary source of revenue and will allow us to provide scholarships to allow the participation of young people without the resources to pay for paintballs and CO2.

Thank you Ketchikan for supporting our youth and young adults in learning the leadership and management skills that come with running a business venture. How better to build the assets of our youth! These are our future leaders.

Bobbie McCreary

Received January 23, 2007 - Published January 23, 2007

About: " Volunteer founder of Ketchikan Youth Initiatives, looking for ways to support our community's youth and young adults."



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