Local businessman donates special coins to Arrow-Heart

On Monday, local businessman Patrick Nauman, owner of Weiser Classic Candy, formally presented representatives of Arrow-Heart Adventure Camps with an important part of the nonprofit’s mission to help shape local youth.
 Nauman donated custom-minted “Challenge Coins” to the group, which included Arrow-Heart Program Director and President Steve Fenske, Coach Jennifer Huff, Vice-President Brenda Lee, Coach John Stuart, Treasurer Billy DeYoung, Tammy Boven, and others.
 Arrow-Heart’s Challenge Coins could be seen as a type of merit badge that is typically given to participants who complete the organization’s annual program. 
 Nauman presented the group with 100 coins that came at a cost of approximately $500.
 “I’ve been involved in Arrow-Heart for a long time in one aspect or another,” he said. “It’s a good program that needs a little bit more recognition and publicity, just to get it out there, and I want to do anything I can do to help that.”
 Nauman has helped Arrow-Heart with various events and fundraisers, making candy bars for the fundraisers, and has catered the organization’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theater in the past.
 Founded in 2007, Arrow-Heart Adventure Camps focuses on enriching the lives of young teens, ages 12-15, through challenging outdoor adventures.
 “At the end of the year, if the campers have successfully completed the program and have not left, our Program Director and CEO, Steve Fenske, presents them with a Challenge Coin,” Huff said.
 The white, red, and gold coin is embossed with the Arrow-Heart logo and the motto “In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take” on one side and a campfire on the other, with the program’s “Six C’s” encircling the outer edge.
 The coins are yet another way Nauman has shown his support for a program that aims to teach local youth the importance of the Six C’s, which includes Character, Communication, Critical Thinking, Commitment, Courage, and Compassion. They are the basic building blocks in becoming responsible and productive adults in society.
 “Once a month, we have a community service event, one fun event, and we will usually have a camp in the summer, which is about a week long,” said Arrow-Heart Coach Jennifer Huff. 
 Arrow-Heart campers gathered on Saturday to learn CPR training from Weiser Ambulance and helped clean-up efforts at a local resident’s home. Brendon Loudermilk is currently battling cancer and needed help with yard maintenance.
 “He goes about every day for treatment, so he hasn’t been able to get yard work done, so we went out there and took out weeds and mowed the lawn and some other things,” said Steve Fenske, a former Weiser City Police officer. “He used to be one of my reserve officers. After he got his level I certification, he went to work for the Sheriff’s Office. I still look at him as one of my many kids.”
 For more information on Arrow-Heart Adventure Camps, call Steve Fenske at (208) 550-1755 or visit the organization’s Facebook page.


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