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TESTIMONIALS

 We signed up our son as a preteen after losing so much time and attention to video games. We were looking for something that would draw him closer to God and help him grow into manhood without culture dragging him away. Jack with CTO Springfield has been a huge blessing to us and to him. He now loves hunting, fishing and everything outdoors! He has additional Godly role models and we've seen a huge improvement in his attitude in general. As now a teenager, we've seen him read his Bible on his own, sell his video game system and even grow to enjoy watching all Phil Robertson sermons from duck dynasty. Definitely a positive and authentic group for young men and we would recommend to anyone with a young man child in their lives. Matthew R.- Springfield, MO


Our son Landon has been blessed to be part of CTO programs for over 2 years at this time.  His first opportunity was to attend a summer camp (most of the fees for the camp were paid by a CTO scholarship) at this camp, Landon made a personal and life change, he committed himself to God and was baptized at camp.  It was so amazing to get this call and to be able to drive down to camp on the last day to see the baptism occur.  Since that time, Landon has been able to attend many day outings, weekend outings, sportsmen’s night and helping volunteer with CTO.  The excitement I see from Landon whenever preparing for a CTO event is different; he is energized, determined and feels pride in what he is doing.  He has built great relationships with the men he gets to spend time with on these trips.  Landon would not be having these opportunities to enjoy the outdoors without CTO.  Landon got his first deer this year, and he has been excited to eat and share the meat and you can see his pride whenever he tells people he was the reason we have the meat this year.  We look forward to seeing Landon grow through CTO with his vision to be able to be a youth leaders as he gets older to lead younger kids through their CTO experiences. 

Jamie R. - Willard, MO



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Springfield

CTO is a youth hunting and fishing club for boys and young men age 7-20 serving the Springfield area of Missouri. We are "Building Men, Preserving our Heritage and Sharing our Faith." We go on hunting and fishing trips and other exciting outings, nearly every month of the year and meet regularly to hone outdoor skills while growing our faith. 

You will have the time of your life while growing closer to God! Contact Outfitter Jack Cooper at 417-300-7949 for more information.

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Jack Cooper and his wife Kris with their kids

MEET THE COOPERS

Jack Cooper was born and raised in Eagle, Mich., and attended Portland High School. Prior to graduating high school, Jack joined the Army National Guard and proudly served his state and country. After graduating high school, Jack attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., where he earned a degree in automotive repair and collision. Shortly after college, Jack opened his own Auto Repair Shop and served his community for over 4 years as a business owner. In 2001, Jack married his wife, Kris, and accepted a full time position with the Michigan National Guard where he served as an aircraft mechanic with a drug interdiction team. Jack would spend many weeks traveling throughout the state of Michigan and, on occasion, parts of Indiana and Wisconsin. Accepting a position with the Arizona Army National Guard, Jack and his family moved to Marana, Ariz., where Jack worked as a quality control inspector on Army helicopters. In May of 2009, Jack and his family moved to Springfield, Mo., where served as a Maintenance Supervisor for the Army Aviation Flight Activity. Jack, retired after serving 29 years 10 months and 7 days but who is counting lives in Willard, Mo, with his wife Kris and their two sons Brad and Drew. In 2011, Jack attended Liberty University seeking a B.S. in Religion and a minor in Christian Counseling; Jack currently holds credentials through the Assembly of God.

God brought Jack and his family to CTO through a friend at church, after attending many CTO Sportsman’s Nights and multiple outings, Jack knew God was calling him to minister with CTO. Serving under the leadership of the State Director Kirk Bouse, Jack began seeking the vision God had for him in CTO. Many months later God opened the door to the Springfield Chapter where he currently facilities CTO sportsman’s nights along with CTO outings year round.

Contact Jack Cooper at 417-300-7949 or e-mail jcooper@teamcto.org

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Cross Trail Outfitters of Missouri is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization 

Cross Trail Outfitter of Missouri, 7901 West Farm Rd. 100, Willard, MO 65781

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