Date(s): Sep 16 - 18, 2016
Hours: 3:00 PM
Event: Pheasants Forever Youth Outdoor Event 2016
Brantley Greene is the cutest kid! He’s a little guy and unsteady on his feet but never fails to draw a smile. He couldn’t wait to give his younger sister, Oakleigh, a ride on his new electric UTV. He really lights up when his Dad and Uncle Norm take him for a ride on the real UTVs. Mom, Monica, is happy to see everyone enjoying the day.
McKenzie Hutchinson looks older than 10 and is looking to gain independence. Her new seizure service dog, Alena, will help her at school and even at home instead of the full time presence of her parents, Hutch and Amber. McKenzie’s has a huge smile as she trots the horses around the arena at Double D Farm. Her older brother, Elijah, is happiest in the UTV.
Both of these kids have already had a lifetime of doctor visits. Only families of kids with a serious illness can relate. Brantley’s Grandma, Melissa, gets a tear when she tells me how important it was to spend some time with a family also struggling with doctors, appointments, limitations and stress that many people never face.
These are the two latest kids and families to attend the North Central PA Pheasants Forever Youth Outdoor event. This event was started in 2010 to take handicapped and seriously challenged kids on outdoor adventures. They join the 12 previous families in our scrap book.
This year’s event was held at the St. Marys Sportsmen’s Lodge. The weekend was packed front to back with activities. It was obvious the kids loved the horses at Double D Farm with Dave and Diane Gillen. The handlers helped all the kids get used to the tall horses. The kids gain confidence as they maneuver the big animals.
The UTV rides are always a big hit with kids. No one minds the cool evening air as they geocache for hidden gifts.
Bird hunting was full of laughter, even as someone misses the first shot. The dogs are always the heroes. We take a break at the lodge to visit the Elk County Youth Field Day and watch the PA Game Commission process and tag a male black bear.
Olay’s pond was a busy place as everyone grabs a fishing pole and catches sunfish and bass. The row boat and kayaks were also busy. Someone has provided us with a beautiful fall day and we are grateful!
Mary Jo Schneider was Head Chef for most of the weekend but takes a break as the Saturday evening meal is catered. There is never an excuse for being hungry, especially with dozens and dozens of Mary Jo’s cinnamon rolls. Five of our previous PF kids came to dinner to keep in touch – Austin, Emily, Reese, Travis and Courtney.
Sunday is a day full of chatter and laughing as we shoot more clay birds and hunt up some real birds.
Both families were presented with a scrapbook full of the weekend memories put together by Emily Schneider and her Mom. Emily was one of the first PF Youth Outdoor kids and now enjoys helping at PF events. Making memories!
North Central PA Pheasants Forever is happy to welcome Brantley Greene and McKenzie Hutchinson to our growing PF family! We would like to thank all of our donors, volunteers and everyone who attends our banquet or buys a raffle tickets.
A picture is worth a thousand words so please visit our website and Facebook page to see more memories in the making – www.northcentralPAPF.org
St. Marys Sportsmen's Lodge
Taft Road, St. Marys, PA (Map Location)