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Youth Summer Event- Need some ideas!!

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We are planning on having another JAKES event this summer, which is the junior program for the National Wild Turkey Federation. In the past, we've done many, many activities including tying snells and making walleye spinners. Other activities include shooting, trapping, calling, casting contests, demonstrations, etc.

I'm looking for a new twist that would work well with kids ranging from age 4 to 17. We typically get between 80-120 kids showing up.

Anybody have some ideas on what to create for a low price, but something that the kids can take home with them and use?



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Here's a few random ideas;

Pour/paint jigs or tie bucktails/feathers on jigs

Reloading ammunition for shooting(make a keychain bullet w/ no powder/primer for souvenier)

Antler hunting in a local refuge?

Whittle diamond willow walking sticks

Firestarting demo and contest,build a first aid/survival kit

Shorefishing contest (whittle y-sticks or a custom rodholder for cat/carp fishing)

Build woodduck boxes

Archery shoot (many schools have equipment/programs these days)

BBQ, Teach the kids to cook a variety of game

We made fillet knives by grinding old bandsaw blades on a belt sander with cut out wood handles and then rivet together-it's alot of work on the front end but you could mass produce components and then have kids assemble and make a custom leather sheaths(riveted as well)

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Thanks for all of these ideas as they all are great. I love to cook, so maybe we'll have a fire building contest and then cook over the top!

Appreciate it!


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