Local outdoorsman George Cullers proposed the idea for the Barry County Outdoor Recreation Youth Day in 2014. The concept was simple: “get kids outdoors!” However, there are many factors that seem to work against this idea. Electronic games, busy schedules, television, economics, and the movement into suburbs and away from open spaces, family farms, and extended family have limited both the opportunities and the interest in outdoor recreation. Offering a chance for kids to get hands-on experience with outdoor activities, at no cost, may open the door to a lifetime interest. With assistance from the Barry Conservation District, the idea quickly caught on and has been growing ever since!
Youth Day 2017
Over two dozen groups hosted activities at last year’s event, including a skeet shoot, BB-gun trailer, .22 target shoot, longbow, hunter safety, mountain biking, hiking, macroinvertebrate sampling, sport dog demonstrations, fly fishing, fly tying, traditional fishing, camping, team-building games, and even a bounce house! This year we continue to be funded by generous local donations.
The fourth annual Barry County Outdoor Recreation Youth Day will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm at Historic Charlton Park.
Are you looking for more information on how to donate? Check out our Donor Packet.
If you are interested in volunteering at Youth Day, please fill out and submit a Volunteer Packet.
For all this and more, you can also reach the event coordinator at (269) 908-4135 or by email at email@example.com