Outdoor Buddies provides opportunities through an all volunteer organization, for those who have been deprived of enjoying outdoor experiences. The focus is on those who are mobility-disabled, wounded warriors, disadvantaged youth, and other youth groups.
Outdoor Buddies is a Custer County based all-volunteer nonprofit organization founded in 1984 by representatives of Craig Hospital and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Its mission is to “Provide opportunities through a volunteer organization, for those who have been deprived of enjoying outdoor experiences.” These opportunities are available to all, with no cost, other than personal expenses, and no discrimination due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, or family status.
The organization has experienced consistent growth and currently has over 1,100 registered members residing in 43 states. Approximately 2/3 of the members are disabled persons, while the remaining 1/3 are volunteers. About 85% of the members reside in Colorado. Many of the members are disabled military veterans. Non-resident members are primarily interested in coming to Colorado for big game hunts.
Our organization provides four basic programs:
- Hunting Programs for Mobility-Disabled Persons
- Fishing Programs for Mobility-Disabled Persons
- Warriors on Cataract Program
- Youth Program
More than 500 individuals have participated in our programs during the past year, including approximately 150 one-on-one big game hunts for antelope, deer, and elk.
All funds realized through donations and fundraising events are used directly to improve and expand our programs. No funds are used in any way as compensation to officers or members of our board of directors; all are unpaid volunteers.