Viking Sportsmen, along with Alexandria Wal-Mart, organizes a day of fishing, education and fun for youth in this area. The day begins about 9:30 at the Bemo building; they are then transported to Arrowwood where they fish for a couple of hours. After their return they have lunch and to play a few games. Prizes are given to each youth who attends. Arrowwood provides thepontoons; Wal-Mart and Viking Sportsmen provide everything else.
Junior Viking Sportsmen and Habitat Day
Viking Sportsmen is committed to supporting and advising the Junior Viking Sportsmen, a high school sportsmen/women’s club that, to our knowledge, is the only one in the state and is open to both boys and girls within our community.
Junior Viking Sportsmen’s Mission Statement is: To recruit and retain our local youth into experiencing various activities of the great outdoors and build young leaders to carry on the tradition of ethical sportsmanship and conservation for the next generations.
Our most popular event is HABITAT DAY, a Bi-annual event where the club organizes and involves younger kids, by having them help build a variety of birdhouses and also experience other aspects of natural resources within our community. Generally 500 Wood Duck houses, 250 Blue birdhouses and 250 Wren house are built throughout the day.
Other Youth Activities
Firearm safety for youth is taught in the fall at the Bemo building so they can hunt safely in the future. We also support the Alexandria Area Youth Trap League. In 2009 70 youth from the Douglas County area took part in an 18-week league, of this group 18 area youth have been participating in the AIM (Academics Integrity Marksmanship) program that started this year. Eight of these youth participated in a National shoot competition. This is a great honor and privilege for these youth and our community to have them representing us.
The kid’s food plot program celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009. The wildlife food plot contest is open to high school youths and younger in Douglas County. Each participant will establish a minimum 1-acre food plot that will remain standing until spring. Eligible food plot crops include corn, grain, sorghum, sunflowers, soybeans or a combination of crops. The location of the plot should be away from
roads and be placed near shelterbelts if possible. An independent panel will judge the food plots in early December with
the final judging to be announced at the annual kid food plot banquet.
Youth Day 2016
Youth Day 2016 is in the books! We had 39 activities for kids of all ages to take part in. How many took part? A record 1,811 kids were in attendance participating in outdoor activities. In addition, we had over 200 adults try shooting a gun or bow for the first time ever. We gave away over 1,000 pieces of equipment (fishing rods and reels, bows, and BB guns), many of which went to kids who didn't have these basic tools to start their outdoor careers.
The amount of planning and preparation by the groups that put on activities was simply outstanding. These activities are getting so realistic that kids truly get to appreciate what the activity is all about!
The effort put forth by the local community for this event totaled over 300 volunteers! Approximately 100 businesses or organizations gave their time or money or both to make this event what it is. Eric Morken of the Alexandria's Echo Press newspaper already has a great article about the event. Read it here, http://www.echopress.com/sports/4103462-youth-day-draws-huge-crowd-again
I would like to sincerely thank all of you that had a hand in this event. This event couldn't take place without the dedication of a lot of people and for that I am truly appreciative. We are truly making a difference in A LOT of kids lives.
I would be remiss in closing if I did not say.....block your calendars for Sunday, August 27, 2017!
Dean Krebs, P.E. | Senior Engineer/Senior Consultant | USA