Camp Encourages Parents to Be Active Outdoors With Kids

Registration Fee Increases If Child Comes Without Parent
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- An annual outdoor camp held at the NFAA Easton Yankton archery center brought about 100 kids and 90 parents together this Saturday morning and like most camps, participants had to pay for it, but there was a twist for parents, who didn’t show up with their child.

6-year-old Jase Stahl loves fishing, but not so much when he doesn’t catch any fish. So once in a while, he gets a little help from his dad.

“I got one, I got one,” says Jase Stahl, as he reels in the fish.

Jase and his dad Dustin are among one of the many families attending the Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids. It’s the 8th year the Easton Yankton Archery Center has hosted it. Organizers say their goal is to get the kid’s ages 5 to 18 to enjoy what the outdoors has to offer.

“They get to bring a parent with them, in fact, if they don’t bring a parent, it will actually cost more money,” says NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center President, Bruce Cull.

$50 is the amount it would cost the parents compared to the $35 they would pay if they came with their child. The center says they do this so parents will be active in their children’s lives.

“When the parents get involved, they have a tendency to go out and try it,” says Cull. “A lot of people don’t have that chance, so it’s just a great opportunity to get them outside to see all the different things and participate in them,”

Although this is Dustin and Jase’s first time at the camp, Dustin says he’s planning to use the time to spend with his son, like he and his dad do.

“Me and my dad do a lot of stuff together and every time I ever need anything, I can call him,” says Camp Participant Dustin Stahl. “He’s always there for me and I’d like to have him think of me that way. That if he ever needs anything, whether it’s tomorrow or in ten years, that I’ll always be there for him,”

In the meantime, Jase is also taking the time to realize why he loves fishing.

“Mostly catching fish. Are you catching any today? No, are you mad? Yea,” says Jase Stahl when asked how his day was going.

The camp was started by musician Ted Nugent 12 years ago in Michigan. Since then, the camp has become available in 6 states including South Dakota.

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