NOTICE: To ECTA‘s disappointment, Lad Marsh Youth Outdoor Day has been discontinued until further notice.
Ladd Marsh Youth Outdoor Day
The following is from an article by Mark Penninger in the Spring 2012 issue of The Bent Shaft newsletter.
“…Youth Outdoor Day is an event designed to introduce children to the outdoor sports in a safe, fun, and family oriented setting.” [Youth Outdoor Day was first introduced to the public in 2008. The event has become more popular each year].
[2011 Youth Outdoor Day] There was shotgun shooting, waterfowl hunting, bird box building, fishing, dog training and more activities for kids to try out. In addition, there were informational booths hosted by US Fish & Wildlife Service, Grande Ronde Model Watershed, Ducks Unlimited, ODFW, and others. Blue Mountain Wildlife, the wildlife rehab center in Pendleton, was also on hand with their ever-popular raptor show. Kids and adults were awed by the size and power of the golden eagle, and struck by the brilliant colors of the petite kestrel.
ECTA continued to have one of the most popular stations at the event. We had about a dozen 3-D animal targets, and provided bows, arrows, arm guards, and shooting instruction for the kids. Some of the young shooters were repeat customers from last years’ event. We were pleased to see that their interest had not waned.
Finally, we drew a name from all who participated in the archery station and gave away a new recurve, dozen arrows, stringer, arm guard, and quiver. The lucky winner was Cameron Been from Pendleton, Oregon. ECTA would like to thank Archery Past for providing us with a club discount on this archery set. Dave and Nancy Doran have always been supportive of our club’s efforts to get bows into the hands of young people.