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Youths get a taste of outdoor life in Pa.

June 13, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- With America's youth more inclined to play video games than ride in a canoe, the Franklin County Sportsman's Association attempted broaden the horizons of 150 area youths on Saturday by showing them the many things the great outdoors has to offer.

The annual Franklin County Youth Field Day spread across the land at the Waynesboro Fish & Game Association and introduced the youths to 15 different ways to love the outdoors, from canoeing and fishing to building birdhouses and shooting rifles.

Association President Leroy Benshoff said most of our youths are getting away from the many activities that sportsman enjoy.

"There's so many other activities for them, they are forgetting about the outdoor life," he said. "We're trying to get them involved in the outdoors again."

Participants had to register for the event, which was limited to 150 youths, he said.

While the event was free to participants, the association picked up the tab. This year, with the economy down and some prices up, Benshoff said it might be more difficult to make ends meet.

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But that does not mean the association will not continue to host the event.

Benshoff said the event has been going on for more than 10 years and the plan is to continue it.

The youths really enjoy the day, he said.

While it was not his idea to come, Colten Brookens, 12, of Fayetteville, Pa., said he had a blast.

The most fun, he said, was getting to shoot a .22-caliber rifle, under careful supervision.

His friend, Kirsten Pugh, 10, of Fayetteville, agreed.

"It was a lot of fun," she said.

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