2008 West Tennessee Youth Outdoor Jamboree on horizon

2008 West Tennessee Youth Outdoor Jamboree on horizon

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008 10:06 pm
By: Rob Somerville

Attention parents, grandparents, teachers, preachers, scout leaders — and especially all kids, who are under the age of 17. The 12th Annual West Tennessee Youth Outdoor Jamboree will be held, once again, at the magnificent Ag Pavilion at the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday, Sept. 27. The Jamboree is said to be the largest, youth outdoor event in the world. Our committee, which is comprised of several veterans of past Jamborees, has gotten some much needed help from the City of Martin, The Martin Police and EMT crew, Martin Parks and Recreation personnel, The Martin Beautiful Committee, The UTM entire staff, students belonging to fraternities, clubs, organizations, and especially, the Ag Pavilion staff. Once again, our team, along with the TWRA, NWTF, Quail Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl and many other groups, will focus their attention on educating today’s youth in important safety and conservation matters. Of course, safety will be priority number one. Preservation of habitat, learning about conservation and preservation of fish and game species that are native to Tennessee, and eight educational villages of various hunting and fishing sports, will be the main focus. Each child, who is over the age of five, must get their ticket punched by a member of staff personnel, at a minimum of five of the eight villages, certifying that they completed the educational format in each one. Then, upon getting their ticket punched at the five villages of their choice, they turn it in for an outdoor-oriented prize. We give away over $30,000 worth of hunting and fishing equipment, guided hunting and fishing trips, autographed sports and country music memorabilia, and even — for some lucky kids, one of the greatest gifts of all, a Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License. We will even have a live and silent auction to raise money for this non-profit event’s Jamboree next year. Their will be special guest speakers, including well known outdoor icons on hand to work with the kids. Activities will include “kids only” duck, goose and waterfowl contests, as well as a B.A.S.S. sanctioned “Kid’s Casting” tournament. The little tykes will enjoy inflatable playgrounds, and several outdoor games, as well as face painting and climbing the National Guard’s rock wall. Hatchet throwing, an archery range, and shooting trap under the supervision of certified hunter safety instructors, will keep the bigger kids busy with a smile. I promise you, this event assures your entire family, of a safe, educational and fun-filled outing. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. sharp, and all kids must be signed in where they will each receive a special bag of goodies, before 8:00 am. Then, we will have opening prayer, proudly recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and sing the National Anthem. You see, we do all of this because we take pride in living in this great country and enjoying the freedoms our brave men and women have fought so bravely over the years to preserve. But the biggest reason we put on the Jamboree each year, is because each and every one of us believes in the same creed. We all know that our children are our most precious natural resource. They are our future! So gather up every kid you can and join me and other committee members at this spectacular celebration of our children … and of the outdoor heritage that helped make this country grow to what it is today! For more information, to donate prizes, or volunteer help, email me at twoww@ocol.net or go to the Jamboree website at www.ucmessenger.com/jamboree. See ya there, Rob Published in The Messenger 7.18.08

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