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Nugent 'Kamp' Continues To Gain Momentum

By Rob Nielsen 

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The Ted Nugent Kamp For Kids rolled into Yankton’s National Field Archery Association (FAA) Easton Archery Center Sunday for the fifth straight year along with its namesake — rocker Ted Nugent.

But Nugent says the camp is about the lessons both kids and parents can learn from acquiring and teaching outdoor skills.

“The volunteers are doing God’s work,” Nugent told the Press & Dakotan Sunday. “The kids are learning lessons in life — many of them for the first time — but just as many fortifying what they’ve learned from good parents and good parenting. It’s all win-win-win-win-win, there’s no negatives. You can’t find fault with any of the activities — except that maybe my name’s attached to it and it’s just a little too loud sometimes — but it’s all about the volunteers and it’s all about the lessons the kids learn.”

This year’s camp involved more than 200 participants, including kids and their parents, participating in activities including archery, slingshot, air rifle, a tutorial on setting up a duck hunt, 3D target shooting, trap shooting and bow bird. Additionally, the event was aided by the service of volunteers from the Yankton Police Department; South Dakota Highway Patrol; South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks; South Dakota National Guard; Yankton Search & Rescue; the Mount Marty College archery team; Nebraska Game & Parks; Saunders Archery Company and the NFAA.

NFAA president Bruce Cull said this year’s event was a sign that the event is gaining momentum in the area.

“To have over 200 participate is a great sign,” Cull said. “It’s something that’s needed and people enjoy.”

He added that a discount for kids to come to the camp with a parent has not only boosted attendance, but also provided a great bonding activity for parents and kids alike.

“We did something pretty unique with this,” he said. “It costs less money to come to this with a parent than it does to come alone. So Rob Nielsen/P&D

Ted Nugent addresses kids, parents and volunteers at the conclusion of Sunday’s Ted Nugent Kamp For Kids.even though we have double the expense for hotdogs and everything, else, it’s really cool because moms come with their daughters or sons and dads come with their sons and it just makes a neat camaraderie experience between the whole family. The kids just get such a kick out of this — they not only have fun but they get to learn some of the greatest values they can when it comes to conservation, the hunting and all the opportunities they have when it comes to this part of the country.”

Nugent said he’s seen a lot of feedback from parents over the years and that he’s seen the camp have a special benefit for single parents.

“The parents come up and say thank you for reminding their kids about some of the lessons they’re learning here because a lot of parents don’t get around to doing it,” he said. “There’s a lot of single parents out there, too, that might not have the opportunity, the understanding or the knowledge to teach the kids about guns or bows or how to set up duck hunting, so the kids get exposed to, and educated on, things that I think are critical for quality of life, critical for environmental awareness, critical for self-esteem and independence and individualism.”

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