Officials To Unveil New, Improved Youth Field Day
Local youths are already jumping at the opportunity to be part of the new and improved annual Youth Field Day that will be accepting registrations through mid-June when officials unveil the revamped event to the public.
Fulton County Sportsmen for Youth President Jim Fittry shared with the “News” last Thursday that 20 area children between the ages of 10 and 15 have already taken the opportunity to register online for the one-day-only event, currently in its 14th year in Fulton County.
In addition to a new method of registering participants, this year’s event on June 15 will also boast several new additions and changes, including a change in venue. To be held at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation off Boy Scout Road in Fort Littleton, the new location will allow budding outdoor enthusiasts to partake in some water-related activities at the camp’s lake.
According to Fittry and fellow Sportsmen for Youth Board of Directors Vice President Robert Strait and Secretary/Treasurer John Johnston, the reorganization of Youth Field Day has prompted many new ideas.
“We also have lots of help and support from people within the community,” Fittry stated. “They are working hard to make this Youth Field Day a big success. It’s because of all of the support and help from the community that it’s going to make it even better than before.”
Stations tentatively slated to be offered at the new location include muzzleloader shooting by Brent Gordon; .22 rifles with Robert Strait and Mike DeLuca; trap shooting with Jack Miller and John Keefer; archery; all-terrain vehicle safety with Buchanan State Forest rangers Greg Eitner and Shawn Lynn; and trapping with Norm Carr.
Joining these returning stations are fly casting and tying with local fishing enthusiast Dave Lippert; trout fishing with the Fulton County Sportsmen League; a presentation by Tom Cutshaw of the Susquehanna Waterfowlers; bluebird box building overseen by Chris Kennedy; an obstacle course known as the Cherokee Run with Pennsylvania Game Commission land manager Chris Skipper; and presentations by the state Fish and Boat Commission.
While participants enjoy their hands-on experience, Fittry noted they are urged to stop by some passive stations presented by the Game Commission, Fulton County Pistol and Rifle Club, Keystone Country Store, Rod Fix Taxi- dermy and a Civil War stand hosted by Mike Klinepeter.
“We want the kids to learn firsthand about hunting, fishing and shooting. For the kids who have never done these kinds of things before, we want them to experience some of the things that the great outdoors has to offer,” said Fittry, who not only serves as Sportsmen for Youth president but as a local wildlife deputy conservation officer. “For the children who are already involved in hunting, fishing and shooting, we hope they will learn something that they didn’t already know.”
Sportsmen for Youth Secretary/ Treasurer John Johnston shared his expectations with the “News” as well in hoping the interest of these young participants is sparked sufficiently by at least one activity that they choose to pursue that wholesome, outdoor activity into adulthood.
Up to 100 youths between the ages of 10 and 15 can register for this one-day event online either through a youth program link on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Web site or at www.registered.com/events/view/32360. Letters have also been sent home through the area schools as a reminder about the need to preregister.
Check-in and additional registration paperwork will need to be completed the morning of the event, with registration slated to run from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. The event will kick off at 8 a.m. with a flag-raising ceremony and national anthem performed by local singer Olivia Mills. Following a trapping demonstration by Norm Carr for all participants, children will be broken into smaller groups and will continue the day’s activities round-robin style. Each participant will be required to have a parent or guardian accompany them on site with activities slated to wrap up around 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided as well.
“We have a great group of instructors lined up to give the kids the best experience they can have. The kids as well as the instructors are going to have a great time,” added Fittry, who noted the event itself would not be possible without the support and financial contributions of local residents and businesses.
Multiple event or activity sponsorships have already been received by the Fulton County Sportsmen for Youth, who are operating Youth Field Day solely on donations. Those agreeing to serve as activity sponsors to date include Pineloft Contractors, Commissioner Craig Cutchall, Jan R. Fraker Plumbing and Heating, Dublin Electric LLC, Community State Bank of Orbisonia, Dublin Township Board of Supervisors, Thomas Automotive, Cole McAllister and Laurel Voss, Robert Snyder Agency, Sheetz, Robert Strait and Ed Lininger Plumbing and Heating.
Additional financial contributors include optometrist Dr. Joey Lane, McLaughlin’s Drug Store, Delaware Sales and Rentals, Kee- Ta-Quay, Mechanical Insulation, Ott Bros. Farm and Appliance, Keystone Electric, dentist Dr. Joe Wolfe, Peckie’s Auto Body, Tamela Mellott Bard, G&P Distributors, Helser’s Excavating and ReMAX Country Realty Inc.
Contributions are still being accepted to help fund this endeavor, and donations can be mailed to Fulton County Sportsmen for Youth, P.O. Box 484, McConnellsburg, PA 17233. Anyone having questions or needing additional information on Youth Field Day can call 717-485-5390 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.