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A Day At 'Kamp'

Nearly 300 people turned out on a beautiful Saturday for a day of outdoor activities and instruction at Ted Nugent's Kids Kamp in Yankton.

Activities for the day included archery, air rifles, trap shooting, fishing, sling shots, geo-caching and others.

“Things today were really awesome,” said Bruce Cull, National Field Archery Association (NFAA) President, who helped organize the camp. “Fishing has been a really bit hit today. I heard people talking about one girl who caught around 25 fish.”

Cull thanked the volunteers for their service and the time they put in throughout the day to make the camp go as smoothly as possible.

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers being here has been really cool. They even made some personalized name tags for the kids,” he said. “It's nice having so many people volunteer to help out with all of the days activities.”

Registration for the camp was open to all children from ages 7-17. Participants in the camp received lunch, drinks, an event T-shirt, various outdoor gear and archery accessories. Also this year, all kids received a free pair of binoculars.

Campers were disappointed when Cull made the announcement that Nugent would not be able to attend the camp this year because of lingering health issues. However, The musician phoned in to the camp and his voice was played over the intercom.

Nugent thanked the volunteers for making the day possible and told campers that being outside and enjoying the outdoors is one of the keys to life. He told the campers to enjoy the activities and to always enjoy the various aspects of being outside.

All the volunteers that helped out were certified in their respective fields. Volunteers included members of the Corps of Engineers; the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GF&P); National Field Archery Association (NFAA) coaches and the Yankton Police Department, among others.

“The fishing pond station requires a mentor or volunteer for every kid out there because of the process of baiting and hooking that goes on,” Cull said. “Fishing has always been popular in the three years that we've held the camp here, but different aged kids tend to like different things.”

Last year, the camp instituted a new policy that now charges more money for kids that come alone without a parent or guardian present.

“We made this change to encourage kids and families to bring their parents or guardians with them,” Cull said. “Nugent uses these camps to promote the outdoors and the camaraderie that comes with parents and their kids being outside together.”

Nugent holds the camps all over the country and each of them are non-profit events.

“The money that we might have left over, last year we put all of it (about $1,000) into the NFAA scholarships that we offer here,” Cull said.

Cull noted that there is a lot of overhead and planning that goes on to make the camp possible and as enjoyable for kids it can be. Planning for the camp typically starts at the beginning of the year, but things really begin to crank up about 60 days prior to the camp date.

“The biggest issue that we have in planning the camp is finding a date that will not conflict with too many other activities in the area, and also finding a date that works to try and get Ted Nugent out to the camp,” Cull said. “We also try and have the date be pretty close to the start of hunting season, which we've been able to do the past few years.”

He said that next year the camp might expand in terms of the number of registered participants allowed.

“We have always kept this camp local and have not really promoted it outside of the Yankton area,” he said. “Next year we're thinking about expanding it and advertising it in other areas like Sioux City and Sioux Falls. If that happens, we will likely increase the number of participants allowed.”

Another big hit for campers was all the outdoor gear and prizes they got when the camp ended late in the afternoon.

“Each of the three years that we've held the camp here, we have had it in one of the middle two weekends in September, and even with changes to registration going forward, we hope to continue on with that date,” Cull said. “Our number one priority in the camp is for kids' safety, we try and do whatever it takes to get things done and get them done safely.”