South Jersey Youth Outdoor Day

this page last updated:  7/13/2016

NOTE:  IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS POPULAR EVENT ENJOYABLE FOR ALL WHO ATTEND, PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200 YOUTHS REGISTERED.  ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR THIS EVENT.  THERE WILL BE NO REGISTRATIONS ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.  THE AVAILABLE SPOTS  FILL UP EARLY.  WE ENCOURAGE KIDS WHO HAVE ATTENDED IN PRIOR YEARS TO ALLOW NEW KIDS TO PARTICIPATE.  AFTER THE 200 AVAILABLE SPOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED, A WAITING LIST WILL BE COMPILED. MANY (SOMETIMES ALL) KIDS ON THE WAITING LIST MAKE IT INTO THE EVENT.
 
REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT BEGINS ON JULY 1.
ALL 200 SPOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED. YOU MAY GET ON OUR WAITING LIST
BY FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE
"REGISTER VIA EMAIL HERE" SECTION.
 

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Hot Dog Lunch

Welcome to the website for the South Jersey Youth Outdoor Day.  This totally FREE event is held annually on the third Saturday in August.  Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for beginners to learn about and try out various outdoor sports without having to buy any of the equipment or supplies.  No selling or solicitation is done at this event (except for organizations recruiting new members).  The event is based in Salem County, but is open to kids from all of South Jersey.  We encourage kids who have attended in previous years to allow other kids who have never been to this event to participate in it.

Our next event will be held on Saturday, AUGUST 20, 2016 at the Salem County Sportsmen's Club in Carney's Point.  The times of the event are 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, with registrant check-in beginning at 8:00 am.  This event is open to all kids ages 7 through 17.  All kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who will be responsible for their supervision.  Participation is limited to the first 200 kids registered.  You must register in advance.  No same-day registrations will be accepted.

ACTIVITIES
Every year the planned activities include: non-competitive fishing from the lake shoreline, firearm target shooting (with safety instruction), archery target shooting
(with safety instruction), fly tying, fly fishing casting instruction, canoeing & kayaking, mountain bike trail ride, bass boat display, bass boat fishing trips on the Salem Canal, booths hosted by various outdoor organizations and other outdoor displays & activies.  See below for the complete schedule of this year's activities.  Please note that some kids may be too small to participate in some activities.  The final decision on that will be made by the instructor at the range safety session (at the start of the event) or by the trained instructors at the individual activities.  We also provide a free lunch of hot dogs and beverages.

REGISTRATION & CHECKING IN
Registering for the event:
When the registration period begins on July 1, you register for this event by sending an email note with your information.  Use the link on the lefthand portion of this screen to go to instructions for this process.  It is very important that you follow the proper format for the information in your email, especially the birth date.  Your information will be entered into a database, then be printed on a form and that form will be brought to the event.


Note that participation is limited to the first 200 kids registered.   You must register in advance, so that we can properly estimate the amount of food and supplies required.

Morning of the event:
The main event area will be fenced off in the morning, just beyond the clubhouse.  Participants are not permitted in the fenced-in area until the official 8:30 am start time. 

In the morning, the registration check-in table  will be located at the clubhouse
and the range safety sessions will be conducted inside the clubhouse.  After parking, you should proceed to the registration check-in table.  At the registration table you'll sign the printed copy of your registration form. 

Also at the registration check-in table, each participant will receive an event activity card with a lanyard.  This card is to be worn from the participant's neck.  In addition, each participant will receive a set of hearing protection (ear plugs) -- these are to be used throughout the day for all firearm activities. 

After checking in, you should proceed into the clubhouse to the range safety session area.  After completing the range safety session, each participant's card will be marked indicating completion.  Participants may then proceed to the event entrance at the fenced in area which opens at 8:30 am.   (The official opening of the event may be commemorated with one or two cannon shots!)

During the day, after the completion of certain activities (shooting sports, archery, canoeing/kayaking), the card will be marked so we know who has done an activity at least once.  Participants will not be allowed to do these activities a second time if there are others in line who have not yet done the activity.

REMINDERS
We suggest that, depending on expected weather conditions, attendees come prepared for the expected conditions for that day (sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, rain gear, folding camp chairs, etc).  If you prefer not to take advantage of our free hot dog & beverage lunch, you may want to pack a lunch (free bottles of water are available all day throughout the event).  THROUGH A SPECIAL EXEMPTION FROM THE NJ DIVISION OF FISH & WILDLIFE, THOSE OVER 16 YEARS OF AGE WILL BE PERMITTED TO FISH WITHOUT A LICENSE ON THIS ONE DAY.  For the fishing activities, we suggest that you bring your own rod & reel if you have one.  If you do not own fishing equipment, loaner fishing rods are available at the South Jersey Bass Club Association booth.  You will not NOT be permitted to bring your own firearms, bows or bicycles into the event.  This equipment will be provided at each  activity.  We also request that you NOT bring pets with you to this event.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

TRASH & RECYCLING Recycle
Please act responsibly by placing all trash in the appropriate containers.  If recycle containers are available, please use them for any aluminum, plastic and glass.  Thanks.

FEEDBACK
We appreciate all feedback we receive regarding this event.  Organizational meetings are held year-round in order to ensure that this event is as educational, fun, interesting and safe as it can be.  We use the feedback our attendees provide to try to constantly improve our performance.  Feedback/suggestion forms are distributed at the check-in/registration table at the event and feedback comments are accepted via email at any time.

HOST ORGANIZATIONS
This event is proudly hosted by:
 
Salem County Sportsmen's Club
South Jersey Bass Club Association
United Bowhunters of NJ
Splash & Paddle (Canoeing & Kayaking Safety)
South Jersey Fly Fishers
NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife
South Jersey Wheelmen Cycling Club
National Wild Turkey Federation - Tri-County Chapter

All of these organizations devote a significant amount of time, energy and funds to this event. 
If you're interested in obtaining more information on any of the SJYOD's host organizations, sponsors & donors, click here or on the Host/Sponsor Info link on the lefthand side.

DIRECTIONS
For directions to the site of the event, the Salem County Sportsmen's Club, click here or on the Directions link on the lefthand side.

CONTACT US
If you're interested in obtaining more information on the South Jersey Youth Outdoor Day or you want to provide feedback on one of our events, please contact Fred Lentz by e-mail at Outdoorday@comcast.net.  If you'd like to volunteer to help out with this event, please call Scott Risher at 856-205-0152 or Fred Lentz at 856-358-6073.

2015 EVENT
THE DEMONSTRATIONS, BOOTHS & ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR WERE:
[All participants will received a handout which included a schedule of activites and a map of the event area]

* South Jersey Bass Club Association
- free fishing tackle, free SJBCA/SJYOD t-shirts (while supplies last), bass boat display, loaner rod/reel combos,
live fishing bait (provided by Shag's Bait & Tackle in Pennsville), kids casting activity (at targets), fishing instruction,  and "The Bass Fishing Experience" (guided bass fishing trips on the Salem Canal on a pro bass boat -- must be at least 12 years old to participate).
* South Jersey Fly Fishers - fly-tying & fly-casting instruction.
* United Bow Hunters of NJ - archery target shooting.
* New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife - NJ outdoor activity & wildlife information.
* Splash & Paddle - Canoeing & kayaking (in designated area, with life vests provided).
* South Jersey Wheelmen bicycle club - bike safety information,  "Mountain Bike Trail Ride" (a scenic ride through the Sportsmen's Club property - proper footwear required).
* Delta Waterfowl - decoy display, retriever dog demonstration.
* National Wild Turkey Federation - Tri-County Chapter - BB gun target shooting, giveaways.
* Shot gun shooting (20 gauge trap shooting).
* Air rifle (pellet) target shooting.
* 22 caliber target shooting (pistol & rifle).
* Carney's Point Police Department (riot gear display).
* Sheriff's Department of Salem County - K-9 demonstration.
* Salem County Sportsmen's Club booth.
* NJ Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs booth.

Also:
First aid station, centrally located at the pole barn, open through the duration of the event.
Bottled water available in coolers thoughout the event.
Restrooms and porta-potty conveniently located near most activites.
Free hot dog lunch, followed by door prizes - must be present to win.

Thank-you's for Contributions to the 2015 Event go to:
.  Our 8 Co-Host Organizations (listed above)
.  Our 3 Affiliated Organizations.
.  County Sports LLC
.  Shag’s Bait & Tackle
.  Peter Guy Sewage Disposal
.  Tuckahoe Bike Shop
.  Al & Sam’s Canoes & Kayaks
.  Wellshire Farms
.  Pepsi Beverages Company
.  AAA of South Jersey
.  South Jersey Water Conditioning
.  Fletcher’s Corner
.  Ranch Hope



2014 EVENT
THE DEMONSTRATIONS, BOOTHS & ACTIVITIES WERE:
[All participants received a handout which included a schedule of activites and a map of the event area]

* South Jersey Bass Club Association
- free fishing tackle, free SJBCA/SJYOD t-shirts (while supplies last), bass boat display, loaner rod/reel combos,
live fishing bait (provided by Shag's Bait & Tackle in Pennsville), kids casting activity (at target), fishing instruction,  and "The Bass Fishing Experience" (guided bass fishing trips on the Salem Canal on a pro bass boat -- must be at least 12 years old to participate).
* South Jersey Fly Fishers - fly-tying & fly-casting instruction.
* United Bow Hunters of NJ - archery target shooting.
* New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife - NJ outdoor activity & wildlife information.
* Splash & Paddle - Canoeing & kayaking (in designated area, with life vests provided).
* South Jersey Wheelmen bicycle club - bike safety information,  "Mountain Bike Trail Ride" (a scenic ride through the Sportsmen's Club property - proper footwear required).
* Delta Waterfowlers - Delaware River Chapter - the "Goose Pit" goose hunting display, retriever dog demonstration.
* National Wild Turkey Federation - Tri-County Chapter - BB gun target shooting, giveaways.
* Shot gun shooting (20 gauge trap shooting).
* Air rifle (pellet) target shooting.* 22 caliber target shooting (pistol & rifle).
* Carney's Point Police Department (riot gear display).
* Sheriff's Department of Salem County - K-9 demonstration.
* Civil War cannon demonstrations.
* National Rifle Association booth.
* Salem County Sportsmen's Club booth.
* NJ Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs booth.

Also:
First aid station, centrally located at the pole barn, open through the duration of the event.
Bottled water available in coolers thoughout the event.
Restrooms and porta-potties conveniently located near most activites.
Free hot dog lunch, followed by door prizes - must be present to win.


2013 EVENT
THE DEMONSTRATIONS, BOOTHS & ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED WERE:
[All participants received a handout which included a schedule of activites and a map of the event area]


* South Jersey Bass Club Association
- free fishing tackle, free SJBCA/SJYOD t-shirts (while supplies last), bass boat display, loaner rod/reel combos,
live fishing bait (provided by Shag's Bait & Tackle in Pennsville), kids casting activity (at target), fishing instruction,  and "The Bass Fishing Experience" (guided bass fishing trips on the Salem Canal on a pro bass boat -- must be at least 12 years old to participate).
* South Jersey Fly Fishers - fly-tying & fly-casting instruction.
* United Bow Hunters of NJ - archery target shooting.
* New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife - NJ outdoor activity & wildlife information.
* Splash & Paddle - Canoeing & kayaking (in designated area, with life vests provided).
* South Jersey Wheelmen bicycle club - road-racing bicycles on display; bike safety information,  "Mountain Bike Trail Ride" (a scenic ride through the Sportsmen's Club property - proper footwear required).
* Shot gun shooting (20 gauge trap shooting).
* Air rifle (pellet) target shooting.
* National Wild Turkey Federation - Tri-County Chapter - BB gun target shooting, giveaways.

* 22 caliber target shooting (pistol & rifle).
* Carney's Point Police Department (riot gear display).
* Civil War cannon demonstrations.
* Retriever dog demonstration.
* Sheriff's Department of Salem County - K-9 demonstration.
* New Jersey Waterfowlers Association
* Delta Waterfowlers - Delaware River Chapter - the "Goose Pit" goose hunting display.
Also:
First aid station, centrally located at the pole barn, open through the duration of the event.
Bottled water available in coolers thoughout the event.
Restrooms and porta-potties conveniently located near most activites.
Free hot dog lunch, followed by door prizes.

Thank-you's for Contributions to the 2013 Event go to:
.  Salem County Sportsmen's Club
.  South Jersey Bass Club Association
.  United Bowhunters of NJ
.  Splash & Paddle
.  New Jersey Divsion of Fish & Wildlife
.  South Jersey Fly Fishers
.  South Jersey Wheelmen
.  National Wild Turkey Federation - Tri-County Chapter
.  Delta Waterfowlers - Delaware River Chapter
.  County Sports LLC (Carney's Point)
.  Quinton Sportsmen's Club
.  Buckshorn Sportsmen's Club
.  Shag's Crabs & Seafood (Pennsville)
.  Bel Haven Paddlesports
.  Don Elfreth (former event committee member)
.  South Jersey Water Conditioning
.  Birchwood Casey


2012 EVENT
THE DEMONSTRATIONS, BOOTHS & ACTIVITIES WERE:
[All participants received a handout which included a schedule of activites and a map of the event area]


* South Jersey Bass Club Association
- free fishing tackle, free SJBCA/SJYOD t-shirts (while supplies last), bass boat display, loaner rod/reel combos, kids casting activity (at target), fishing instruction, live fishing bait (
provided by Shag's Bait & Tackle in Pennsville), and "The Bass Fishing Experience" (a 25 minute guided bass fishing trip on the Salem Canal on a pro bass boat -- must be at least 12 years old to participate).
* South Jersey Fly Fishers - fly-tying & fly-casting instruction.
* United Bow Hunters of NJ - archery target shooting.
* New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife - NJ outdoor activity & wildlife information.
* SPLASH & Paddle - Canoeing & kayaking (in designated area, with life vests provided & lifeguard on duty); slingshot water balloon activity.
* South Jersey Wheelmen bicycle club - road-racing bicycles on display; bike safety information,  "Mountain Bike Trail Ride" (a scenic ride through the Sportsmen's Club property - proper footwear required).
* Shot gun shooting (20 gauge trap shooting).
* Air rifle (pellet) target shooting.
* 22 caliber target shooting (pistol & rifle).
* .50 caliber muzzle-loader shooting.
* Carney's Point Police Department (riot gear display).
* Civil War cannon demonstrations.
* Retriever dog demonstration (Ken Keene).
* Birds of prey display.
* Sheriff's Department of Salem County - K-9 demonstration..
* NJ Fur Harvesters - booth & trapping/snaring demos.
* New Jersey Water Fowlers Association
* Trout Unlimited -
Ray Neirle South Jersey Chapter
* South Jersey Kayak Bass Fishing Club
- display of kayaks set up for fishing.
* Salem County Prosecutor's Office.
Also:
First aid station, centrally located at the pole barn, open through the duration of the event.
Bottled water available in coolers thoughout the event.
Restrooms and porta-potties conveniently located near most activites.
Free hot dog lunch, followed by door prizes - must be present to win.

Thank-you's for Contributions to the 2012 Event go to:
.  Salem County Sportsmen's Club
.  South Jersey Bass Club Association
.  United Bowhunters of NJ
.  SPLASH & Paddle
.  New Jersey Divsion of Fish & Wildlife
.  South Jersey Fly Fishers
.  South Jersey Wheelmen
.  County Sports LLC (Carney's Point)
.  Quinton Sportsmen's Club
.  Buckshorn Sportsmen's Club
.  Shag's Crabs & Seafood (Pennsville)
.  Bel Haven Paddlesports
.  W.B. Mason
.  Ray Davidson
.  South Jersey Water Conditioning
.  Birchwood Casey


2011 EVENT
THE DEMONSTRATIONS, BOOTHS & ACTIVITIES WERE:
[All participants received a handout which includes a schedule of activites and a map of the event area]


* South Jersey Bass Club Association
- free fishing tackle, free fishing magazines, free SJBCA/SJYOD t-shirts (while supplies last), bass boat display, loaner rod/reel combos, kids casting activity (at target), fishing instruction, live fishing bait (
provided by Shag's Bait & Tackle in Pennsville), and "The Bass Fishing Experience" (a 25 minute guided bass fishing trip on the Salem Canal on a pro bass boat -- must be at least 12 years old to participate).
* South Jersey Fly Fishers - fly-tying & fly-casting instruction.
* United Bow Hunters of NJ - archery target shooting.
* New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife - NJ outdoor activity & wildlife information.
* S.P.L.A.S.H. - Canoeing & kayaking (in designated area, with life vests provided & lifeguard on duty); slingshot water balloon activity.
* South Jersey Wheelmen bicycle club - road-racing bicycles on display; bike safety information. New for 2011, "Mountain Bike Trail Ride" - a scenic ride through the Sportsmen's Club property.
* Shot gun shooting (20 gauge trap shooting).
* Air rifle (pellet) target shooting.
* 22 caliber target shooting (pistol & rifle).
* .50 caliber muzzle-loader shooting.
* Carney's Point Police Department (riot gear display).
* Civil War cannon demonstrations.
* Retriever dog demonstration (Ken Keene).
* Birds of prey display.
* Sheriff's Department of Salem County - free gun locks (either at their booth or another booth); K-9 demonstration..
* NJ Fur Harvesters - booth & trapping/snaring demos.
* New Jersey Water Fowlers Association
* Trout Unlimited -
Ray Neirle South Jersey Chapter
* South Jersey Kayak Bass Fishing Club
- display of kayaks set up for fishing.
Also:
First aid station, centrally located at the pole barn, open through the duration of the event.
Bottled water available in coolers thoughout the event.
Restrooms and porta-potties conveniently located near most activites.
Free lunch, followed by door prizes - must be present to win.

Thank-you's (so far) for Contributions to the 2011 Event go to:
.  Salem County Sportsmen's Club
.  South Jersey Bass Club Association
.  United Bowhunters of NJ
.  SPLASH & Paddle
.  New Jersey Divsion of Fish & Wildlife
.  South Jersey Fly Fishers
.  County Sports LLC (Carney's Point)
.  Quinton Sportsmen's Club
.  Shag's Bait & Tackle (Pennsville)
.  Bel Haven Paddlesports
.  Totally T-shirts, Signs & More (Pemberton)

.  PSEG
.  Don Elfreth
.  W.B.Mason
.  Ray Davidson

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