Date: Sun. 28 Jun, 2015 7:00 am
Duration: All Day

Legend has it that a little girl cried at a Phippsburg Sportsmen's Association (PSA) youth field day. It happened when her mother wanted to take her home before she had completed all of the activities so that she could go to a friend's birthday party. This year the youth field day will be on Sunday, June 28, and activities will begin with registration at 0700 at the Sportsmen's Association's Clubhouse and Outdoor Education Center on Route 209, Main Road, in Phippsburg.
For younger participants, grade and middle school age, or for older kids who have not tried these activities, the day is organized in a series of hour-long sessions, archery, flycasting, target shooting, tracking and trapping and kayaking. Kayaking is presented by Seaspray Kayaking and will be on Phippsburg's Center Pond. Kids are organized into small groups and try their hands at each of these activities. Each group will be led by instructors expert in these activities and who want to share their love of the outdoors, knowledge and experience. All equipment will be provided.

This year we will offer Geocaching for kids who have tried the other activities or who are a bit older.

Geocaching is for teens and families looking for outdoor activities that they can enjoy together. Geocaching will be led by retired Coast Guard Master Chief Mike Young, whose handle in the geocaching community is "Coastie Mike." Mike will be assisted by Marie Harvell.

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers of all ages. The activity uses GPS devices to locate hidden containers, called geocaches. Geocaches are located outdoors on publicly accessible lands. Participants then share their experiences online. It is a great way to explore new locations and to bring friends and family together. There are 33 geocaches in Phippsburg, 328 in the Bath-Brunswick area, and 8,214 in the State of Maine.

You will learn:

How to set up an account and navigate the website
The different types of geocaches.
Geocache lingo and etiquette.
How to find and hide geocaches using a GPS.
How to incorporate geocoins, travel bugs, and pathtags to make the experience even more enjoyable.
You will learn about geocaching in a classroom session in the morning and then get hands-on experience locating caches in Phippsburg during the afternoon – so dress for the weather.

All participants must register at the Sportsmen's Association's Clubhouse and Outdoor Education Center on Route 209, Main Road, in Phippsburg, between 0700 and 0800 on the morning of the event. Sessions begin at 0800 and most activities are at the PSA Campus. For sessions at other locations, like kayaking, transportation will be provided. Youth must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. There is no charge for this event and lunch will be provided. Activities generally conclude in the mid afternoon.

Registration and Liability Release forms are on the PSA Facebook page. You can download and complete these forms and bring them to registration.

Phippsburg Sportsmen's Association - sharing our knowledge and love of the outdoors to preserve Maine's Outdoor Heritage.

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