Warren County Youth Field Day to be held Sat.

Chapman Dam State Park will be hosting the Warren County Field Days, complete with outdoor skills and natural exhibits, for anyone under the age of 18 on Saturday. The event, which will begin at 8 a.m. and go through lunch at noon (a free lunch will be provided to participants), will feature muzzleloader, .22, and archery stations, along with a reptile exhibit, a fun run, and canoeing, among others.

The event, which was cancelled last year, is the fruition of Darren Cummings’ desire to give kids in the area a chance to experience activities they may have otherwise missed out on.

“For a lot of the kids that come, about half, this is their first time being able to shoot a gun, or learn about the different fur trapping practices,” said Cummings. “Some have no experience with these sorts of outdoor activities.”

Cummings learned of the events demise earlier this year through his father, and immediately began calling others to action.

“I made a Facebook page, and started asking for help,” said Cummings. “I came to Field Days when I was a kid, and what I learned was invaluable. I couldn’t imagine not having that opportunity. So, I started a committee and we began putting this together.”

Eight other local volunteers joined Cummings, along with the PA Boat and Fish Commission, Pennsylvania Trappers Association, PA Game Commission, and individuals with from the Corry Trap team, Pheasants Forever, Alleghany Muzzleloader Club, and the Warren Archery Club.

The stations that involve shooting will take place on the State Game Lands adjacent to Chapman Dam, where those activities are permitted.

There is room for walk-ins who have not signed up online, although a set group of eight is required for the shooting stations. Participation is free, and each person will receive a goodie bag, and T-shirt. Door prizes will be given away during lunch, along with a grand prize, which will be unveiled during the day.

After lunch, there will be an optional Geocaching pursuit for those interested.

“We are hoping for over 100 kids this year, which is ambitious compared to years past, but we think this event is worthwhile enough,” said Cummings. “Last year we had participants from Pittsburgh, Erie, McKean and Forest County, along with all of the local children. They’ll have the chance to play around with turkey calls, and handle furs trapped in the local area. It’s going to be a good day.”

Interested parties can visit www.register-ed.com/events/view/43701, or visit the event’s Facebook page to sign up, and get more details.