On Saturday, June 18th, over one hundred youths, accompanied by their parents and guardians, had the opportunity to enjoy a day at the Rod and Gun Club during the Seventeenth Annual Rod and Gun Club Youth Day.
We had a great turnout and the weather was fantastic. Kids were involved in a wide range of field stations where they could experience outdoor activities while learning about safety as well. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation returned to the event as a co-sponsor this year and their SAFE program and BB gun shoot were a hit. Kicking Bear ran a “floating” archery station that kids really enjoyed. Tomahawk throwing was a successful portion of the event. The Three Rivers Bass Club held a casting event for the kids once again this year. Youth had a chance to shoot slingshots and toss bean bags as well. Arrows in the Square donated the use of archery equipment for an archery shoot. The game calling station was manned by members of KAMO and you could hear turkeys calling throughout the grounds! Treestand safety was the focus of another station at this year’s event. The Wisconsin DNR was on hand as well, with a warden leading a station introducing kids to Wisconsin wildlife. The West Salem High School Clay Target team brought multiple volunteers who worked at several of the stations, with youth teaching youth, helping to grow our outdoor traditions.
As always, this event was all about the kids and growing the outdoor tradition, and laughs and smiles from the participants definitely proved the event to be a success. Over forty volunteers worked to make the event the run smoothly once again. This annual event is for youths up to thirteen years of age and is open to the public. As always, we plan to continue this project because "if we don't take the time to get a kid outdoors, who will?"
A special note of thanks to our sponsors as well:
Three Rivers Bass Club
Arrows in the Square
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
WS Park and Rec
Farm and Fleet
Kids and Mentors Outdoors
West Salem Trap Team