John Annoni

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Camp Compass

Please help our Children.
If you won’t, who will?

    • John Annoni is an educator in the Allentown School District, author, inventor and founder of Camp Compass and 2 Million Bullets.

It Can Always Be Worse!


How many crutches can you count?

I’m writing to get you updated regarding my family. The past 14 days have been the most demanding I have had to endure. I broke my fibula and tore my Achilles. I’ll be out for about 8 weeks. That however is small compared to the news we received about Landon. As you may know he broke his scaphoid in Jan. and was committed to making the high school team. He worked his ass off and was able to earn a spot. He has been having a tremendous Connie Mack season as a lead off hitter and great success in the adult league he was playing in. After a game he walked into the garage and felt a pain in his left knee. We anticipated it being a tear or something similarly small. Unfortunately we found out after an attempted surgery that the damage to his knee (ocd) was too great to fix and required a bone culture in hopes of growing cells to reimplant into his knee (aci)

I realize life isn’t fair and I have dedicated my life to balancing the scales for so many kids that aren’t mine so that they can experience some fairness. I’m just crushed that Landon’s scale was tipped so unfavorably at a crucial time in his life.  

 Right now Annette is taking care of 2 guys on crutches, canceling and re routing summer trips I had planned with camp kids and with my own family. Please pray for her and Landon and if you have free minute me as well. I’ll find the silver lining so will my family but damn why does looking for it hurt so much.  I guess my injury compounded with Landon’s has me really contemplating being unlucky and that’s something I can’t control. However I’ll do my best to keep a good  attitude. Thanks for being in my family’s corner.


What’s Up DC


The opportunity to speak before the House of Representatives about the “SHARE Act” was a big moment for me.  Speaking on behalf of the unheard voice of children was a rewarding experience.  I’m humbled that the message of access was heard and seriously considered. Hoping to continue to use this momentum to change the world even more in favor of youth.

Please go to and sign the petition for our kids. Thanks!

The View

 I always take a minute to enjoy the view whether I’m 15 feet in the air,  on the ground leaning against a tree or watching students leave from school. I get to see plenty of things both in the city, in the fields and in the water and I’m grateful for the bridge that I’m able to cross. I’m not sure what the future holds.  What I do know is the view is going to be pretty special  and appreciated no matter where I’m at.


  I enjoy spring as much as I do the fall. The chance to take kids to the turkey Woods is a very special time. Since Landon is playing a lot of baseball I got to spend time with even more kids this year and all I can say is thank you mother nature.


Looks like the wrist is going to be ok. Congrats, Landon on your first High School hit!  You OVERCAME your setback!  

More Television

I sometimes fight with myself about doing television shows with children. Our kids only get a small window of opportunity and if the cameras don’t work out a hunt could be ruined. Because I’ve worked so long with mossy oak and their cameramen  I’m tremendously comfortable allowing them to come along on our students trips. Well I’m glad they got to come this year because we had a tremendous hunt and  fun at full fan lodge. Two turkeys with two cameraman will make for a tremendous show to be aired next season on Mossy  Oak’s hunting in the country. Until then we got plenty of kids to help and lots of work to do.

A Winner!

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Congratulations to my son on overcoming a tough situation to make his high school jv team.  Many of you know that he worked his tail off since being cut last year as a freshman and now he can proudly wear a team hoodie wherever he goes.  We never know what the future holds but I’m excited to see the doors that will open for my son and the camp compass kids.

I’m not Just Saying I’m the best, I’m Proving It!

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At the POMA conference I got to prove kids, students, young adults all are cenetered  in my lane.  I find it funny that many people tend to think that talking to a youth for a few minutes will magically fix their percieved problems or issues.  I’m very fond of people that adopt children becasue it officially shows they  plan on being in that young life for better of for worse.  I guess you can say my efforts are bulit around that concept.  So here’s the open inviatation to visit with me and to talk with my kids about mentoring and being mentored in the outdoors.  Anyone can take a kid hunting, shooting or fishing but when it comes to developing youth through those activites I’m calling out all of the paper champions and letting them know I have nothing to loose by calling your bluff.

John & Landon Annoni: Young Minority Men and Firearms

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John Annoni is the founder of Camp Compass, a program that brings urban students to the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He and his son Landon respond to reported comments made by gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg while speaking at the Aspen Institute. Bloomberg is reported to have said that cities must take away firearms from all young minority males, in order to reduce violent crime. As a young minority male, Landon provides his perspective on firearms safety, and talks about hunting and shooting. Originally aired on NRA News Cam & Co 02/10/15

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