This year we again participated in one of our favorite end-of-summer activities: the annual Youth Outdoor Skills Day put on by the wildlife and parks department. This is such a great event, and I am always astounded what the kids get to do for free each year.
There were five stations this year: Orienteering, Muzzle Loading, Shotguns/Air Rifles, Trapping, and Archery. This was the second year in a row for the orienteering, and this year I actually GOT IT! For me it was kind of a gradual thing, but I can say that I really do understand using that crazy map and compass. I don’t know if I could explain it to anyone else or not, but I was able to get it figured out that day at least! LOL!
We were glad that they brought air rifles for some of the younger kids to shoot while the older ones shot clay pigeons with shot guns. Those big guns are just too big and heavy for the younger kids–they literally get thrown around by them. So this year a very kind gentleman took the younger kids aside to shoot targets with air rifles. He even had a handgun that they got to try. John and Brock enjoyed the shotguns–and they hit quite a few clay pigeons too. Each year gets a little better. Kara, Luke, and Cosette enjoyed the air rifles and had fun trying to knock around some pop cans.
We are always taken with the trapping sessions. Trapping is just not something that you hear about every day–around here at least. I guess there are some people who do it, and they can make money when they know what they are doing. It really is interesting–I don’t know how you’d ever go about getting started doing something like that though!
The kids have always enjoyed messing around with archery. The instructors this year were very hands-on and gave the kids a lot of attention and advice.
We only had one problem: ALLERGIES! Boy, something out in that field got our allergies stirred up. The sad thing is, though, that it hasn’t stopped since! Everyone is sneezing, coughing, wiping eyes, etc. John says he can’t wait for the cold temperatures to come and wipe out whatever has gotten us all stirred up!
It was a very fun day, all-in-all. It’s great to be able to go out and do these things from time-to-time in a safe and controlled situation.
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