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Registration underway for youth camp

Published June 02. 2012 09:01AM

Registration is underway for the Norm Thornburg Youth Conservation Camp for youngsters between the ages of 13-15 at the Schuylkill County Fairground, Summit Station, Thursday-Saturday, June 14-16. Sponsored by the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association in with the Schuylkill Conservation District, the camp focus on outdoors- and conservation-related activities, and the activities conclude with a banquet Saturday evening.

Camp scholarships are available from area sportsmen's clubs through the conservation district office. For registration and more information, contact "Porcupine Pat" McKinney at the Schuylkill Conservation District by calling 570-622-4124, ext. 113 or emailing


Valley Gun and Country Club, Elysburg, is the site of the Pennsylvania State Shooting Association annual seven-day event, Monday-Sunday, June 11-17. Prior to the state shoot, the Colonial Classic will be Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10.

Several thousand shooters from the United States and several foreign countries will participate in at least one of the events during the nine days. According to PSSA shoot manger Chuck Fritzges, approximately 2,000 shooters participated in this event last year.

A complete schedule of events is on the PSSA website at


Upcoming activities at Locust Lake and Tuscarora State parks, Barnesville, are Christman and Cove Ridge trails hikes, Thursday, June 7, 10 a.m., Locust Lake; Spirit of Tuscarora Trail hike, Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m., Tuscarora; Native Reptiles seminar with Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission WCO Doug Daniels, Saturday, June 9, Locust Lake. For information on the events, call Robin Tracey at 570-467-2506.


There will be a Family Fishing Program by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Sunday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the program shelter at Locust Lake State Park. Designed for families with little or no fishing experience, the program teaches basic fishing skills with an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing together during the program. In addition to Family Fishing, there are specialized programs for family ice fishing, family fly-fishing and a SMART angler program for youth between the ages of 8-12.


Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410 WLSH and 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5, will feature Wayne County, New York, outdoors recreation coordinator Chris Kenyon.


Capital City Bassmasters of Harrisburg has moved this year's ninth annual Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Bass Classic to Shikellamy State Park, Sunbury. According to tournament chairman Bob Herman, the Saturday, July 14, event is expected to draw a full field of 100 boats because the area of the Susquehanna River is deeper than in Harrisburg, which will allow for the entry of fibreglass bass boats, as well at jet-drive boats.

Fishing will begin at safe light and the weigh-in is 2 p.m. Application forms can be downloaded from the club website at, and information is available by calling Herman at 717-938-8752.


Bear's Head 3-D course is open daily through Friday, Oct. 12, from dawn to dusk, located on club grounds located off I-81 exit 134, 148 Lofty Road, Delano. For information, call the association at 570-467-0331.


A series of basic kayaking courses will be at Tuscarora State Park and prepaid registration is required. All equipment is provided, 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult and there is a maximum weight limit of 275 pounds.

Courses are Saturday, June 9, 2 p.m.; Friday, June 22, 5 p.m.; Friday, June 29, 5 p.m.; Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m. For information and registration, call the park office at 570-467-2506 or register in person at the office.


A National Wild Turkey Federation Women In The Outdoors event will be held Saturday, June 9, at Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club, New Tripoli, for those age 14 and older. For information and required preregistration, contact Donna Balgosky at 610-767-6932 or email by Friday, June 1.


There will be a muzzleloader shoot, Sunday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by First Frontier Militia, at Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 248. For information, call Roger Fisher at 610-377-2812.

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