Welcome to SYC

"I can do all things through him who gives me strength." - Philipians 4:13

Welcome to Special Youth Challenge Ministries

Special Youth Challenge (SYC) of Iowa is a 501C3 nonprofit Christian based ministry designed to teach and assist youth with special challenges to participate in and enjoy shooting sports in God's great outdoors. SYC provides training and other necessary aides to help the hunters achieve this goal at no cost to them. There are three events held each year; a turkey hunt in April, a deer hunt in September and the annual fundraiser banquet in November.

News & Events


2022 Fundraiser Banquet is November 19th, 2022 at Faith Lutheran Church in Spencer Iowa. Tickets can be purchased only through a SYC Board Member.


The 2023 Turkey Hunt is scheduled for April 21-23, 2023.


The 2022 Annual Deer Hunt is planned for Sept. 23-25, 2022.


Family Praise Night at the SYC Ranch! Saturday, August 21st. Great food, Live music, Homemade ice cream, and Guest speaker.

What our participants say

“These hunters and volunteers for Special Youth Challenge Ministries are amazing and I am so glad I got the opportunity and hope there are many more to come.”

~SYC Guide

“We had such a wonderful time. So much love and caring went into making the weekend so special. Mitchell has a memory he will cherish for a lifetime and so do we. We look forward to coming back. Thank you for the fellowship and the time together.”

~SYC Hunter’s Mom

“SYC has helped me realize that just because I am in a wheelchair I can do things that I thought I couldn’t. SYC has helped me think of myself differently because I use to think that I couldn’t do many things, but SYC showed me I can. I think all kids should think about what they think, they think they can’t do and try to do it. I will always remember SYC for how they helped change my life.”

~SYC Hunter

Top 11 Reasons I love SYC: (1) A chance to be with people you like, (2) A Family, (3) Hunting, (4) A time to be with God, (5) The chance to feel normal, (6) Enjoying God’s great outdoors, (7) Having fun!, (8) Seeing old friends, (9) Meeting new friends, (10) Fellowship, and (11) Food.

~Megan (SYC Hunter)