Summer is finally here. It is about time! And with it, it has brought a whole host of exciting things for us to do, most of which are outside which makes them even better.
Summer time brings about thoughts of carnivals, festivals and events of all sorts. Several of those gatherings are even centered on getting families outdoors.
Just recently the Beyond the Backyard organization held its 3rd annual Outdoor Adventure Camp at Cabela’s in Charleston. The organization is centered around getting kids and families into any activity that gets them outdoors and enjoying nature.
At this year’s event there were booths set up to cover the entire gambit of outdoor sports. There were exhibits and things to do that would interest everyone in the family. All the kids in attendance had a chance to do it all.
They could run an inflatable obstacle course with the National Guard, learn about animal and fish identification from the WVDNR, shoot BB guns at the NWTF Jakes Take Aim trailer, shoot archery with the WV Bowhunters, or fish in the fishing pond freshly stocked with hungry catfish. They could also stop by booths to learn about rafting, Boy Scouts, fly fishing, bear hunting, snakes, and much more.
This was all at just one event and summer has barely even gotten started. Heck, a lot of kids aren’t even out of class for the summer. There are several events such as this one that will be taking place all throughout the summer.
No matter what your interest is, you should be able to easily find an event that is right up your alley. There’s a whole host of events to look forward to within the next few weeks.
Coming up on June 13th and 14th is the annual West Virginia free fishing weekend. Residents and non-residents alike can get out and go fishing with no license required anywhere in the state. So mark your calendar and introduce someone new to fishing.
Just one week after that on June 20th, the local NWTF chapter is hosting its annual youth fishing day at the Camp Chief Logan Boy Scout Camp near Chapmanville. This event is open to kids 17 and under and they will be giving away a ton of door prizes with plenty of catfish to be caught, too. Check out the Logan Area Chapter of the NWTF on Facebook for more information.
If you are more into a good float trip, or just can’t meet the age requirements for the fishing day, check out the Annual Tour De Coal float trip from Tornado, WV to St. Albans. It is a great time on the water for boats of all sizes. The event is hosted by the Coal River group and more information and registration can be found at www.coalrivergroup.com.
Near the end of June, you can make your way down the Guyandotte with the Guyandotte River Regatta scheduled to take place on the 27th. This boat race will go from the Branchland Park Boat Launch to the West Hamlin Bridge and has a division sized just right to fit your boat. If a boat race is more your speed, check them out on the Branchland Park site on Facebook.
These are just a sampling of events that are on tap. Not to mention they are all just in the month of June! There is something going on all summer. Heck, it even carries into the fall with the WVDNR hosting probably the biggest event of the season with its National Hunting and Fishing Days Celebration on September 26th and 27th at Stonewall Jackson Resort Park.
So whatever you are into, just look around and you will find an outdoor event that will get you and your family right into the thick of things and having a blast. Just don’t forget your bug spray and sunscreen and get outside and enjoy all that summertime outdoor fun.
Roger Wolfe is an Outdoor Columnist for Civitas Media. He can be reached at wolfeiI@hotmail.com.