Youth Day

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 2016

Over two dozen groups hosted activities at the event. Events offered included 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 are funded by generous local donations as well as grants from the Barry Community Foundation and the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation’s Weatherby Foundation.

The third annual Barry County Outdoor Recreation Youth Day will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm at Historic Charlton Park.

Would you like to attend Youth Day?  Check out our Facebook Page and Online Registration form.

Are you looking for more information on how to donate? Check out our letter to donors, our donor flyer, and donation form. We are also collection antlers to raise funds. See our antler collection flyer for more information on that.

Would you like to host an activity at Youth Day? See our Exhibitor Packet, which includes the exhibitor registration form.

Would you like to learn more about Youth Day or help promote the event? Check out our Facebook page, our event flyer, and our 2015 participant stats.

If you are interested in volunteering at Youth Day, stay tuned. We are working on a volunteer packet!

For all this and more, you can also reach the event coordinator at (269) 908-4135 or by email at

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