From the Hood
To the Woods

The true story of one teacher's courageous outdoor development program
that is giving hope, inspiration and real-world success skills to disadvantaged inner-city kids.

For years, peers, parents, students and friends have been after me to tell my story. How did you make it? What is the reason for the passion behind your work? These are some of the questions I get daily.

After years of mulling over the idea, I have finally broken down to give you, the reader, an inside look at John Annoni. I will inform and inspire my readers from a common man’s perspective. My objective is to give my readers someone they can relate to and recognize as a man placed on this earth to serve a mission. As you read “my story” I hope it brings your inner persona to recognize your worth in the world. Enjoy the book and I welcome your comments about the John Annoni you will get to know.

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Camp Compass Academy

The impossible became possible. What started as the dream of one school teacher to introduce a new generation of youth to America’s outdoor heritage and traditions has now turned into a life changing system that operates year round.

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Beyond One Day

John Annoni's second book gives tips, stories and mistakes he experienced working with youth in the outdoors.
It's a framework to help those who want to help children succeed.

A letter from John Annoni

If you actually care about the youth in America, as I certainly do, you’re always in the race against time with them. Their lives are virtually at critical mass, ready to explode in any direction. Each individual adolescent is verging on adulthood with pliant psyches bombarded by peer pressure and in some cases, held hostage to a society that teaches more about failure than success.

I see opportunity in every child especially during their pre-teen and teen years. Our children are clearly at their most impressionable level. It’s a time when the most good can be done in terms of building self-worth. The key is to have each youth believe that success is possible and that failure is not imminent. We lose them when they give up their quest for a better life.

Speaking as one who survived and has given back; I have long understood it takes going beyond academics or a one day event to help a child flourish in their born to environment. Children need to feel the joy and jubilation of a world apart- a world that is accessible and filled with dreams. They need you and I to embrace their participation and to reward them with tangible proof of their worth in our sometimes selfish society.

For over 2 decades, I have guided students, parents, and families through the barriers adolescents face in the classroom and in their daily lives. Beyond One Day provides a practical and strategic pathway for others who are interested in mentoring development, or building their “dream giveback” to proceed with a general framework of tips, ideas and strategies. I want you, your friends, co-workers, organizations and businesses to approach the desire of giving back to be without pitfalls and without fear.

John F. Annoni

Book Reviews

December 16, 2009


November 21, 2009 Who would have thought that a rooster pheasnt would create such an impression. I read John Annoni’s book, “From the Hood to […]
October 30, 2009

ESPN OUTDOORS–Firsts in the Field

ESPN OUTDOORS I was just informed that ESPN Outdoors has posted my story about my first deer.  You can click here to read it
September 30, 2009

Review by James A. Swan, Ph.D.

‘From the Hood To The Woods’ By James A. Swan, Ph.D., It’s no secret that most people who live in urban areas far removed from […]
September 30, 2009

Mission Takes City Kids Outdoors

Mission Takes City Kids Outdoors Kevin Tate |  June 22, 2009 Author’s My Outdoors [Editor’s Note: Outdoor Life magazine recently named John Annoni as one of the […]
September 1, 2009

Jim Shepherd , The Outdoor Wire

From the Hood to the Woods by Jim Shepherd , The Outdoor Wire posted August 14, 2009 I’m fortunate enough to have enjoyed what I’d have […]