John Annoni is the founder of Camp Compass and Hunting Awareness , and is in his thirtieth year in Allentown, PA. Camp Compass is a nonprofit program developed for urban, disadvantaged youth making a difference in the inner city by providing hunting, fishing, archery, tutoring, social guidance, and other outdoor youth activities.
John was raised by his grandparents and surrounding relatives. He is married to Annette Annoni and has one son named Landon. All of his life, John has lived in Allentown, and because of his inner city and educational experience he was able to develop a trend setting youth development system.
After graduating from Kutztown University, Safari Club International’s A.W.L.S. school and working summer programs for Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, he confirmed his idea that many kids needed more of an opportunity to take part in what impacted his life –“real” outdoor experiences. Due to limited resources as a child, John was not able to hunt and fish often but that did not prevent him from trying to find ways to be away from the city. Coming from a family of non-sportsmen John relied on outreach programs, books, relatives and neighbors to expose him to the outdoors and its activities. His multi award winning program is set up to do just that take students and show them the many opportunities outside their urban environment.