2018-06-14 / Local & State

Sportsmen For Youth Hosts Field Day

By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


Hunter and teacher John Clites gives safety instruction on firing weapons at this year’s Youth Field Day. Hunter and teacher John Clites gives safety instruction on firing weapons at this year’s Youth Field Day. Fulton County Sportsmen for Youth hosted its annual Youth Field Day at Camp Sinoquipe last Saturday. During the free nine-hour workshop that was available for children ages 10-15, kids got to visit 12 outdoor fun stations that included archery, turkey-calling, tomahawk throwing, sling-shot use, fishing, ATV safety, fly-tying and casting, trapping, and muzzle loader, shotgun, 22, and BB gun aim and safety.

The kids got to spend time at each hands-on station, grab a free lunch, compete in a raffle, and take home a handmade turkey call provided by Richard Kendall. The day was about kids, but that didn’t stop several outdoorsmen and women from having fun as they volunteered their time and skills to educate the youths about outdoor fun and safety. Youth Field Day coordinator Jim Fittry was pleased with the turnout, not just with the kids, but the volunteers and donors as well.

“This year we received more donations than usual, and it has been amazing. We also have these volunteers that, quite honestly, don’t like to toot their own horn, but love being able to pass their teachings down to kids who genuinely want to learn these skills.”

Among those that donated their time were Sheriff Keith Stains, who taught tomahawk throwing; District Attorney Travis Kendall, who taught BB gun aim; and WEEO 103.7’s Levi Clevenger, who supervised the slingshot station. Other volunteers included Jim Fittry, David Lippert, volunteer cooking/kitchen staff, Susquehanna Water Fowlers, Jan Fraker, John Clites, Joe Stallman, John Graham, Richard Kendall, John Johnson, Jack Miller and Richard Sheffield from the Fulton County Rifle Association, Denny Mann, Bob Stain from the Game Commission, DCNR’s Ryan Thrush, Eric Bruggeman from PA Off Highway Vehicle Association, and Casey Rotz. Hustontown Volunteer Fire Co. also donated their EMS in case of an emergency. For the fishing station the Fulton County Sportsmen’s League donated 150 trout for the kids to practice their fishing skills.

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