Nearly 50 Boy and Girl Scouts enjoyed a presentation by members Christa Duva, Craig Boehner and Cathy Springer on August 9, 2016 at the Schiff Boy Scout Camp in Wading River, New York.
After a brief history of hunting on Long Island and the organization of Smithtown Hunt, scouts offered questions concerning hounds and scent hunting.
A Boy Scout gets a few tips on the horn as Korey the hound enjoys extra attention. Harold Springer photo.
All the children were thrilled to interact with Korey, a 5-year-old American Foxhound who represented his breed with the gentle, good nature foxhunters admire. His "job description" and his special abilities to perform it were detailed. The function of the hunt horn and hunt whip were described, demonstrated, and then attempted by the campers. Once all had a chance to try their lungs and hands at each task, hunt horses were added to the interactive presentation. Endless questions, patting and photographing concluded the activities.
Christa Duva on Dressy and Cathleen Springer on Ricky introduce the children to their gentle horses. Harold Springer photo.
Inviting youth groups to meet hounds, riders, and learn about our sport is a terrific outreach and helps create positive relationships with the non-hunting community. Read about Keswick Hunt Club welcoming Boys and Girls Club members to their kennels here, and about Middleburg puppies visiting Foxcroft students during exams here.
Smithtown Hunt, the only remaining hunt on Long Island, was established in 1900. Today, it is a drag hunt and organized as a 501(c)(3) with the mission to promote "Conservation, Preservation, and Education."