Youth day

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CLINTON – Kids from throughout the Gateway area took part in the Eleventh Annual Youth Outdoors Skills Day at the Izaak Walton League, 4167 Highway 136, northwest of Clinton on Saturday, Sept. 14.

A committee consisting of members of the Whitetails Unlimited Clinton County Chapter organizes the annual event for Clinton County kids ages 11-17 to experience a variety of outdoor skills. The event includes seven stations that teach safety and allow kids the chance to learn about outdoors activities and improve their skills with hands-on experience in a safety-conscious environment.

Whitetails Unlimited Clinton County Chapter member Jeff Beckwith said the event saw its highest attendance since its inception, “It was a great turnout. We had 30 children participating.” He added that many of the parents stayed throughout the event and enjoyed the nice day watching their kids play and learn.

The stations included fishing and canoeing, turkey hunting, rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, tomahawk and spear throwing, archery and skeet shooting. There were seven 35-minute rotations, allowing each child a chance to experience each activity. A free lunch of hot dogs, chips and soft drinks was included for attendees and each child received a complimentary commemorative T-shirt. One child received the day’s top giveaway, a brand new rifle.

“It’s a full day of fun for kids and parents in the great outdoors and it’s a great way for the children to be introduced to so many different outdoor activities that most of the kids and even the parents have never done before,” Beckwith said.

The stations were staffed by various conservation organizations including Pheasants Forever, Joe Vance Construction, Whitetails Unlimited, Wild Turkey Federation, The Izaak Walton League, TPC Cash and Carry, Clinton County Conservation, Clinton Middle School Archery Club, Clinton High School Skeet Club and Stan and Kay Bates.

Organizers of the event would like to thank the sponsors of Youth Outdoor Skills Day, the educators who donated their time and all of the participants. Next year’s Youth Outdoor Skills day is scheduled for Sept. 12, 2020.