CONSERVATION The Mission Behind Camp Candles


I came across a post by Avian Culture that really made me think deep about what conservation really means to me and my overall mission with Camp Candles. Conservation means staying the same to prevent a decline. In life there is one thing that is constant and that is change. For example, grouse habitat either gets better or worse, but it never stays consistent. As outdoors men and women I think we have the right idea, but I do not think it is true to the definition of conservation. I think our definition is better. We don’t try to keep things consistent, but rather strive for improvement. We want habitat to improve and increase the amount of land accessible to the public, not keep what we have. We want cleaner fresh water fisheries to increase our opportunities to chase wild trout. Organizations such as Ruffed Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever, Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, and many others do so much more than just conservation. They have set a high standard in order to make America’s wilds great for everyone now and forever to enjoy.


How can you help? As a Chinese philosopher once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” There are so many ways for you to help out and all you have to do is take the first step. Take a walk down the road and pick up litter. Go to your local stream and look for fishing line or hooks or litter left behind. Attend a meeting for your local conservation chapter. If you have your own property, reach out to a biologist to learn how you can make better use of what you already have. Volunteer for a youth hunt or youth fishing day to assist is getting the next generation involved. Don’t be selfish as it takes a team working together to accomplish greatness. If you want more ideas on how you can help please feel free to reach out to me. We need to all join together in this time of need and set out to accomplish our goals. Be a true sportsman and teach others to do the same.


So what is my goal for Camp Candles? I want to help already prospering conservation organizations by sending monetary donations raised from something that everyone uses. Candles. 10% of our total candle sales go directly to conservation. In my opinion money isn't always enough. These organizations also need boots on the ground to help execute projects. Through social media I want to make people aware of what these great organizations are doing and encourage everyone to get involved. I myself will be devoting a great deal of time assisting several organizations with boots on the ground projects in my area of Pennsylvania. Please feel free to reach out to me with suggestions, questions or even if you just want to chat. Here is to the future of our great country as we set out to #ConserveWhatsOurs.


-Brendon Paden

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