With school almost over for the year, you may be wondering how your children can be pacified and occupied over the summer vacation. Well Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton has an idea.
This popular snow sports resort is offering three weeks of summer camps for youngster’s ages 8-14. Their “Adventure Camp” will offer children an opportunity to explore nature through creek exploration, adventure/challenge rope courses, geocaching, mountain biking, archery, campsite building and more, according to Tina Buckley, coordinator for the program.
“The intent, says Heidi Lutz, director of sales, marketing and everything fun at Blue Mountain, is to encourage children to develop a lifelong interest in and appreciation for nature. It’s a great time to get children outside and expand their knowledge of the outdoors and Blue Mountain is the perfect playground for this.”
The Adventure Camp will run June 24-28; July 8-12 and July 22-26. Parents can register online at skibluemt.com.
OUTDOORS SHORT CASTS
Here’s an update on Cabela’s Million Dollar Fishing Contest that kicked off in April.
As such, there were four Pennsylvania tagged fish caught, logged in, photographed, their tags removed and released back into their respective stocked waters, as bass season in particular does not open in Pennsylvania until June 15.
* Keystone Lake, a largemouth bass that was worth a $100 Cabela’s Gift Certificate
* Lackawaxen Lake, a largemouth bass worth $100 Cabela’s Gift Certificate
* Pinchot Isle Bay, a perch for a Cabela’s spinning combo
The grand prize fish has not yet been caught so far, but one lucky angler did win a Ranger Bass Boat package worth $60,000.
When more fish and details are available, we’ll report it here. In the mean time, keep fishing.
If you’re a shooter, and unless you’ve been out of the country the past two years, you undoubtedly know there’s an ammo shortage, particularly all handgun calibers, .22LR and AR type rounds.
Visit Cabela’s in Hamburg ammo department and the shelves for most popular calibers are empty. Ditto for other stores that sell ammo.
During a visit there a few weeks ago, a Cabela’s clerk brought out a newly arrived case of .22LR ammo and as he was pulling it out of the box, customers were grabbing it out of his hands. He never got a chance to stock it on the shelves. It’s pretty bad when there’s a .22LR shortage, as it’s always been an inexpensive and readily available caliber.
While we won’t get into the reasons why there’s a shortage, despite ammo makers saying they’re running three shifts a day to fill back orders, here’s an interesting tidbit of information from ShootersSurvey.com.
The website says that because of the ammo shortage and price increases, many shooters are wondering how they’re going to afford enough rounds to keep enjoying their sport, and in the case of law enforcement, have enough rounds to meet state mandated firearms qualification.
ShootersSurvey.com, through a poll they took, learned that one in four respondents – just over 26 percent – said they’re reloading. Of those who participated, the top reason cited was to save money, followed closely by wanting to improve accuracy. The chief motivations for reloading they indicate are as follows:
* To save money
* To improve accuracy
* To obtain rounds difficult to find in stores
* To reduce waste
Of those who chose other, the majority wrote in that they reload for fun, relaxation and enjoyment.
“Some people view reloading as a niche activity though these results show, with as many as a quarter of avid shooters assembling their own rounds, that it’s a popular activity,” says Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates.
Among the types of ammo reloaded were rifle (the most expensive) with 70 percent, followed by 60 percent who assemble handgun cartridges and 28 percent loading shotshells.
Some industry experts predict that the shortage should ease up towards the end of the year. We’ll see.
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