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Adam Helmer 08-08-2012 11:06 AM

Tioga County, PA Youth Field Day August 18, 2012.
This August 18th marks the 18th Tioga County Youth Field Day; it will be my 14th year working black powder. The event is free and all participants ages 8 to 14 must be acccompanied by an adult. We have 10 stations that include boating, fishing, archery, .22 rifles, trap and black powder, etc. It is a busy day running 150 kids through 10 stations. Every 30 minutes another group arrives for a brief orientation and then they shoot at balloons 25 yards away with .50 caliber muzzleloaders with 50 grains of 2F Goex and a patched roundball.

All the kids get to shoot 3 or 4 times and then I invite the adults to try shooting a balloon. Many of the adults are women who never shot a gun before. Most score a hit and appreciate the opportunity. All the young folks will be voters someday and this exposure to the positive side of guns does all gun owners much good, in my opinion.


Johnny Reb 08-09-2012 07:31 PM

Good for you and keep up the good work. I believe this will give the young kids a positive view of guns.

Adam Helmer 08-20-2012 03:28 PM

Youth Field Day Update:

We had 141 kids, each with an adult sponsor, last Saturday at Ives Run, PA. It was sunny and 73 degrees. I capped 546 muzzleloaders, walked 7.2 miles per my pedometer, and all the kids and adults shot at our balloons.

I am now the Chairman of the Muzzleloader station and we are upgrading our five muzzleloaders and going to swaged .50 caliber roundballs. The former chairman cast all the "alleged" .50 caliber balls, but they seemed undersized to me.

All the kids and adult sponsors vote, or will someday vote, and I think all gun owners benefitted.


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