Men’s group offers hands-on outdoors experience
August 14. 2013 10:26AM
Rosemary Washnok just finished her hunter safety course and plans to hunt turkey with bow and arrow this fall. Friday evening, she showed off her skills at a Brandon Outdoor Adventures and Traditions event.
Members of a Brandon Lutheran Church men’s group teamed up with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus and a local troop of Boy Scouts to offer hands-on outdoor experiences to anyone who wanted to try them. In Washnok’s case, she already had experience at archery, but many didn’t.
Ethan Rasmussen, for example, said he didn’t have much experience as an angler, but he tried his hand at spin and fly casting on the church grounds. He was successful in “catching” a plastic fish with his cast.
Boy Scouts showed that gas or electricity isn’t necessary to bake delicious peach and cherry cobblers – they can be made in a Dutch oven over glowing coals. The Scouts also showed visitors how to make a survival bracelet by knotting cord that can be undone in case of emergency and used as rope.
Visitors practiced disc golf and actual golf, football, and children used metal detectors to find coins and other metal objects in a sand pit.
While on the church grounds, visitors could sign up for events such as a golf outing, a bowling event, seminars, a fun walk/run, father-son banquet and Sunday school.
Ken Walter, president of the Brandon Lutheran men’s group call the Yacht Club, said the night offered activities for all ages.
“We wanted to challenge ourselves to do some fun things,” he said, “not just in our church, but in the community as well – to let people know that Brandon Lutheran Church is alive and well.”