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  • Coming Soon!

    STAY TUNED!! Turbo spends a lot of time giving love to veterans, visitors, volunteers, and tracking folk over the course of the year. And because of that you'll often hear people say: "TURBO IS MY BEST FRIEND" In 2022 we'll roll out a line of products with, you guessed it, TURBO, front and center and a way that you can have a little bit of Turbo's love with you each and every day. Because lets face it, we just want more and more of that sweet little face. Don't let him fool you, there's a rugged animal tracking beast in there! If you'd like to be notified when this new line of products is available, type YES in the comments below and we'll keep you in the know! #turbothetrackingdog #allyouneedisloveandatrackingdog #houseinthewoodsmilitaryretr

  • This is just the beginning! Thoughts from Executive Director Paul House

    2021 END OF YEAR LETTER FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PAUL HOUSE If you’re anything like us, the new year is a wonderful time to reflect on the successes of the past year and look forward to what’s to come. You have contributed so much to our success this past year and we want to share encouraging news from the work you’ve made possible leading up to, and in 2021! The most exciting news is the number of lives you’ve changed thanks to sharing your time and talents. To date, House in the Woods retreats has hosted over 1700 veterans, and looking forward to that number growing in 2022 to over 1800 veterans, active-duty military & gold-star family members. This number is just an estimate as it doesn’t account for the monthly coffee with veterans and also community-based events which are open to the general public. It’s difficult to gauge the number of veterans’ lives that are impacted by the mission. The impact could mean something as simple as you are reading this paper today, then finding a way to go out and help veterans in a meaningful way tomorrow. That’s IMPACT, that’s CONNECTION, and we certainly desire our impact to be growing in an immeasurable way. 2022 brings with it not only 4 brand new retreats to our program, but the addition of several summer veteran “meet up” opportunities, making way to greater opportunities for veterans to gather together and once again feel that camaraderie they need so deeply and deserve. Paul House, Executive Director of House in the Woods had this to say about the state of the mission and adding retreats, “As we grow we’re going to be able to reach more veterans, not only in the US but in the world. It’s helping not just to inspire veterans and volunteers, but other organizations. Adding retreats brings on more responsibility, but it’s going to get more people involved locally and across the country. For myself, it makes me more aware of the good work being done, and to work even harder to do the right thing. It’s very inspirational for me, and I’m sure for others, to see how it changes lives. We’re also focused on promoting others that are helping veterans, and connecting them with the resources available.” If you know Paul there are usually snacks involved so it’s only fitting that there be a food reference, “ Helping others is like eating popcorn, you start with just one bite. Once you realize how good it is you just want more and more, and that’s what’s happening here.” Paul goes on to say, “The mission is reaching people far beyond my expectations. God and faith have been at the forefront, and he always has been. When you see miracles and good things happening you know that it’s God, because it’s certainly something I can’t do. God changes people’s hearts minds, souls, and life in general. We never miss an opportunity to talk about our faith and about how God is behind the House in the Woods mission. He’s our inspiration and he’s the one that makes things happen. Put others first before yourself, it’s a biblical principle. For us, that’s a big thing in our lives, and our family’s life and we want that for others.” Throughout 2021, you have helped host 70 veterans on scheduled outdoor retreats, while helping countless more through the monthly Coffee with Veterans programs rolled out this year, and other community events hosted at the House in the Woods lodge. We’ve always known that the power of connection was strong, but this monthly gathering has proven it once again. Paul had this to say about the addition of Coffee with Veterans, “I think it’s a great way to bring veterans together. They feel relaxed, surrounded by like-minded people, and it’s become something steadfast, they can look forward to monthly. This is a simple way they can get involved with House in the Woods, sending a message they have a place to come and feel safe. It might even challenge and inspire people around us to do more for veterans. Such a simple thing to have coffee has made a difference in the lives of the veterans and volunteers attending. It’s a great way to share time with folks who may not have many others in their lives to spend time with.” We were excited to add our house blend of coffee to our fundraising efforts in 2021. TURBO BOOST is so fitting. Turbo, our tracking dog, is right on the label. Turbo has long been known as our mascot and therapy dog for veterans, and he has become a critical component of our team. TURBO BOOST is available in stores, the lodge, and we’re working to spread it all over the country. It’s a great way to spread the word about the mission, while also encouraging people to share this time with veterans in their own homes and businesses.” Paul is appreciative of the great support received, “The support that we’ve had in the past has enabled us to do what we’re doing now, building a great foundation to build on. With more supporters and donors coming forward we’re able to do more and reach more veterans, active-duty, and gold-star families. The gratitude we feel to our supporters is an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness. Your belief in our mission not only makes it possible to move forward another day, but it inspires us and reinforces that what we’re doing is right and we’re saving lives. Supporting House in the Woods doesn’t just change the veterans, and our team, it also changes the supporters themselves. We’ve implemented a process by which we connect our retreat sponsors directly with the veterans they are sponsoring, giving them deeper insight and into not only how and why we’re doing what we’re doing but what our veterans go through, what it means to have the support from their community, and the impact the retreats have on them. When supporters see, hear and feel the impact, it gives them a firsthand look at how they are SAVING LIVES.” In this celebratory time of the New Year, we look back upon 2021 with gratitude for you and the difference you’ve made in the lives of our American Heroes. We’re excited to see how we, with you by our side, can change lives for the better in 2022! Serving together, Paul House Executive Director House in the Woods Military & Family Retreat TOGETHER WE HEAL


    It's a Christmas Miracle! An anonymous donor has come forward, donating $1.4 million, the balance due on the House in the Woods Military & Family Retreat lodge located in Lee, Maine. LEE, Maine, Dec. 28, 2021 -- This generous donation brings House in the Woods one step closer to ensuring that this critical resource is here for our American Heroes for generations to come, offering veterans, active duty, and gold star families a Home Away from Home for healing and camaraderie! House in the Woods Mission is to create a therapeutic, recreational, and educational retreat for our nation's U.S. armed forces and their families, using outdoor wilderness activities to help participants share common challenges related to their service and sacrifice in protecting our nation's freedom and democratic ideals. “Thank you not only to our Christmas donor, but to veterans, supporters, and volunteers, for your dedication to the House in the Woods mission. The healing happening at House in the Woods simply would not be possible without you!” says Paul House, Executive Director. Though this donation comes in year 11 of this organization holding its 501(c)3 status, this is just another beginning. Going into 2022 without a debt payment on the lodge means focusing solely on growing retreats and opportunities, serving more veterans. Now all fundraising efforts can be directed to sponsoring new veterans, providing an experience for them at a House in the Woods retreat. The most important part about the outdoor retreats is the healing that happens when veterans are surrounded by those who love them and appreciate them the most. Paul had this to say about 2021, “Looking back on 2021, what would you see?” Paul continues, “We see veterans gathering, sharing in experiences that save lives, a country coming together to support American Heroes, feeding not only their bodies but their minds and souls. We see volunteers giving of themselves in a way that can’t be put into words. You’ll see a family who suffered unimaginable loss, trusting God, working hard, and walking hand in hand with the men, women, and families that have served and sacrificed so much for our country. So, how was 2021? It was life-changing and Life-SAVING.” Watch Executive Director Paul House speaking to this miracle!

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  • 2022 Wisconsin Sturgeon Spearing | hitw

    2022 VETERAN STURGEON SPEARING RETREAT "House in the Woods has done more for me in one week, than what twenty years of therapy could touch" Click to sponsor a veteran CLICK FOR RAFFLE 2022 1ST ANNUAL HOUSE IN THE WOODS SPECIAL EDITION VETERAN STURGEON SPEARING SWEATSHIRT! THANK YOU HIDE CAMOUFLAGE FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR AMERICAN HEROES! It's hard to imagine that sturgeon were once in danger of extinction. In the early 1900s, they had almost disappeared from the Great Lakes. Through the efforts of advocacy groups, like Sturgeon for Tomorrow, many volunteers and population management by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), these giant, prehistoric fish thrive in Lake Winnebago. ​ Today, it is believed there are more than 15,000 adult females and 30,000 adult males in Lake Winnebago, making it the largest, self-sustaining lake sturgeon population in the world. It is also one of only two places in the country where sturgeon can be legally speared, making this an experience of a lifetime, and a great retreat for well deserving veterans. ​ Below you'll find the rough itinerary for the retreate, how you can get involved, and also where veterans can go to apply for the opportunity to take part in the retreat. RETREAT LOCATION: STOCKBRIDGE, WISCONSIN LAKE WINNEBAGO ​ DATES: ARRIVE 2/10/22 CUT IN 2/11/22 FISHING 2/12-2/13/22 DEPART 2/14/22 WHO QUALIFIES: All veterans, all eras, all ages ​ 20 Veterans from across the country, have been selected, and notified. All tags have been purchased. ​ Be on the lookout for more information about these veterans, and sharing their journey to see and spear a dinosaur! THANK YOU RIPPN-LIPS FOR BEING A VETERAN HUB FOR THE EVENT! THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO SPONSOR OUR VETERAN LICENSES ARIENS CO! WHAT'S INCLUDED: Sturgeon Spearing License, food and lodging for the weekend. ​ What are veterans responsible for: Transportation to Fond du Lac for the event. Thank you SALUTE THE TROOPS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF AMERICAN HEROES AND THIS RETREAT! Who's paying for the retreat? Generous donors and sponsors supporting House in the Woods Military & Family Retreat, local businesses, organizations, and individuals. ​ We will do our best to highlight all donors below as we lead up to the retreat. ​ It's not difficult to imagine that there will be hundreds of volunteers, donors and business involved. ​ THANK YOU to each and every one of you who is playing a part in making this once in a lifetime opportunity available to these amazing veterans! ​ ​ THANK YOU SCHUMACHER'S SHANTY FOR BEING A MAJOR SUPPORTER FOR VETERANS! PUBLIC WELCOME FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON PIG ROAST AT QUINNEY FISHING CLUB! ​ Watch for more details to follow... THANK YOU QUINNEY FISHING CLUB for joining us on this amazing mission - GIVING BACK to our American Heroes! Email me more information about the Sturgeon Spearing Retreat! Submit 2022 STUREGON SPEARING RETREAT SPONSORSHIP RECOGNITION LEVELS HEROES LEVEL - $1,000.00 Remarks during meet and greet Video & photos of the sponsored attendee post-event Social Media post with logo and company tag (multiple times throughout the year all platforms) - Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn - Mention on Website sponsor carousel all of 2022. Logo on event materials Logo in event program Invitation to Sponsorship meal during the retreat for attendee & sponsor meet & greet Interview of Sponsoring company to post on Facebook & Youtube. - Included for attendee (transportation including airfare, hotel 3 nights, license, shanty use and equipment, spearing mentor, meals, event sweatshirt for attendee & sponsor, hat, sturgeon processing). PATRIOT LEVEL - $750.00 Remarks during meet and greet Video & photos of the sponsored attendee post-event Social Media post with logo and company tag - Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn - Mention on Website sponsor carousel all of 2022. Logo on event materials Logo in event program Inclusion on Thank You Article post-event ​ WARRIOR LEVEL - $500.00 Social Media post with logo and company tag: - Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn - Mention on Website sponsor carousel all of 2022. Logo in event program Inclusion on Thank You Article post-event DONATE NOW CLICK HERE TO SPONSOR Other retreats BUSINESS SUPPORT Ariens Corporation Schumacher's Shanty of Stockbridge, Wisconsin Braun's Deer Run of Brillion, Wisconsin Manitowoc Pub of Manitowoc, Wisconsin Guretts of Potter, Wisconsin Hardware Plus of Brillion, Wisconsin Hunt Fish Travel Podcast Rippn-Lips Tackle Company of Stockbridge, Wisconsin Kazzmo's of Stockbridge, Wisconsin Bowe Implements of Calumet, Wisconsin Hide Camouflage of Waupun, Wisconsin Vortex Optics Bernatellos Foods Cobblestone Creek Ebert Construction Furman Heating ORGANIZATIONS Salute the Troops of Fond du Lac Boot-Trac Adventures INDIVIDUALS Angie Gade Paul House Cody Krepline Lee Schneider Carrie Zylka Micki Moto Josh Heller Jason Turner Jim & Jodi Schumacher Christopher Gintner Tim Mader Brent Vogel Dave Meier Christopher Gintner Ryan Straw Artist John Vickman I would like to donate something other than money Choose an Issue arrow&v Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • EVENTS | hitw

    2021 Calendar of Events Sturgeon Spearing Retreat 2022 HERE WE COME ! We're so excited to re-connect with you in 2022. *Complete details to follow, SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE * ​ ​ ​ January - House in the Woods at Shot Show networking and connecting to grow visibility of our mission. February ​ - (2/19 WEEK) RABBIT RETREAT - (2/10-2/13) Wisconsin Sturgeon Spearing Retreat March - (3/5) Veteran Ice Fishing Retreat - (3/8-3/9) Rabbit Retreat April - Turkey Hunt Retreat - 4/18-4/20 - Florida Gator Retreat ​ - 4/30 1st Annual - DINNER & AUCTION (by invite only) at Bangor Elk's Lodge ​ May - 1st Annual Sgt. Joel A. House Memorial Golf Tournament (Penobscot Valley Country Club ) ​ - 6th Annual Heroes Golf Tournament (Martindale Country Club ) June - (7th-11th) - 12th Annual Lake Ontario Fishing Retreat ​ - Bear Retreat Prep Begins - (12th) Maine State Moose Drawing July - (7/8-7/10) 5th LODGE Anniversary at House in the Woods ​ - (7/11-12th) Bath Fishing Retreat ​ - MAINE REGISTERED GUIDE COURSE ​ - (7/21) COFFEE WITH VETERANS August - (8/18) COFFEE WITH VETERANS ​ - HITW Volunteer lunch & Training (by invite only) ​ - (8/28-9/4)Bear Hunt Retreat Week 1 begins September - (9/4-9/11) Bear Hunt Retreat Week 2 begins ​ - SAMS OPERATION ROYAL FLUSH ​ - (9/15) COFFEE WITH VETERANS - (9/26-10/2) Hound Bear HuntS (2) ​ ​ - BEAR HUNTS for veterans at another lodge - donated to HITW (2 veterans) October - Bird Hunt Retreat ​ - (9/26-10/2) Moose Hunt Retreat Week 1 (1 veteran) ​ ​ - (10/11-10/15) Moose Hunt Retreat Week 2 (1 veteran) ​ ​ - (10/20) COFFEE WITH VETERANS ​ ​ - (10/25-10/29) Moose Hunt Retreat Week 3 (1 veteran) November - (10/31-11/4) VETERAN DEER HUNT RETREAT ​ ​ - (11/17) COFFEE WITH VETERANS ​ - Thanksgiving Dinner the lodge December - (10-11th) Old Town Christmas Celebration with Santa ​ - (12/15) COFFEE WITH VETERANS Dinner & Auction Fundraiser CLICK FOR EVENT PICS Shot Show Networking 2022 THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING 2021! January - Bobcat Hunt Retreat - Trapping Course (public) February - Ice Fishing Retreat March - Connection Weekend April - Turkey Hunt Retreat May - 5th Annual Heroes Golf Tournament June - (7th-11th) - 11th Annual Lake Ontario Fishing Retreat - Bear Hunt Prep Begins - (12)Maine State Moose Drawing - Announced the release of TURBO BOOST House Coffee Blend! July - 4th Anniversary of HITW lodge - (7/11-12th)Bath Fishing Retreat - (7/21) COFFEE WITH VETERANS August - (8/1) pickupTURBO BOOST House Coffee Available Click here to pre-order your coffee - (8/18) COFFEE WITH VETERANS - Volunteer & Guide Training (by invite) - (8/28-9/4)Bear Hunt Retreat Week 1 begins September - (9/4-9/11) Bear Hunt Retreat Week 2 begins - (9/15) COFFEE WITH VETERANS *cancelled* - (9/26-10/2) Hound Bear Hunt October - Bird Hunt Retreat *cancelled for 2021* - (9/26-10/2) Moose Hunt Retreat Week 1 (1 veteran) ​ ​ - (10/11-10/15) Moose Hunt Retreat Week 2 (1 veteran) ​ ​ - (10/20) COFFEE WITH VETERANS ​ ​ - (10/25-10/29) Moose Hunt Retreat Week 3 (1 veteran) November - (10/31-11/4) VETERAN DEER HUNT RETREAT ​ ​ - (11/17) COFFEE WITH VETERANS ​ - (cancelled for 2021) Thanksgiving Dinner the lodge December - (10-11th) Old Town Christmas Celebration ​ - (12/15) COFFEE WITH VETERANS Click here for Golf Pictures Click here - Bobcat Retreat Pics Click here - Connection Weekend Pics Click here - Turkey Retreat Pics Click here - Lake Ontario Pics I need a BOOST Click here - Turbo Boost Coffee Video Click here - Interview with Paul 4 years Click here - BATH FISHING PICS Click here - Turbo Boost Coffee Video Click here - Turbo Coffee Pics Click here - PICTURES COFFEE WITH VETS Click Here - Bear Week 1 Click here - Bear Week 2 Click here - Hound Hunt Click here - Jacob Huskey Moose Click here - Cody Moore Moose Hunt Click here - Chris Frasier Moose Hunt Click here - Deer Hunt Click here - Christmas Celebration

  • Sturgeon Spearing Raffle Page | hitw

    Page Title Raffle Tickets are now available for the 2022 Veteran Sturgeon Spearing Raffle ​ All items included on this raffle are listed below, and will continue to be added so check back often! ​ SILENT AUCTION ITEMS: SATURDAY, 6 P.M. 2/12 AT KAZZMOS (STOCKBRIDGE, WI) ​ RAFFLE TICKET DRAWING: SUNDAY, 6 P.M. 2/13 AT RIPPN-LIPS (STOCKBRIDGE) ​ RAFFLE TICKETS will be AVAILABLE AT: -Schumacher's Shanty in Stockbridge, Wisconsin -Rippn-Lips in Stockbridge, Wisconsin -from Cody Krepline in Brillion, Wisconsin 920-256-0128 -from Angie Gade in Brillion, Wisconsin 920-517-6749 ​ RAFFLE & SILENT AUCTION TICKET ITEMS Uffda Eskimo 60th Anniversary Shanty Bowe Implement Stur Handmade Wooden American Flag Vortex Crossfire Red Dot Vortex Diamondback Rifle Scope Vortex Viper Binoculars Art by Ryan Straw Special Edition 1st Annual House int he Woods Veteran Retreat - Sturgeon Spearing Sweatshirt by Hide Camo Gobblers knob stockbridge gift certificate 8L2t1YxBca.png Quinney Quencher Gift Certificate Out of gallery Button

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